We love those postal additions!


We love those  postal additions!

Some times mail art gets lost in the mail, and other times the mail company is so kind to add something to our mail art. Dynamic art, I love that!

In this group you can post the postal additions to the mail art that you´ve sent or received. Additions by the mail companies which made you smile, touched you or whatever. Additions which are, in fact, part of the Mail Art!

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,,Dynamic art "...

Started by Mariana Serban Aug 15, 2014. 0 Replies

Ilove your idea , Heleen !!Ihave some good pieces too !Continue

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 6, 2014 at 9:24am

@Stripygoose: so this was a postal diminution (instead of an addition)!.... Or have you been able to prevent the postal scissors from altering the mail artwork?

@Katerina :-) tmho a postal 'Nixie' is the Word of the Year!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 6, 2014 at 8:02am

Returned mail with two stickers from USA...

now I know that "NIXIES" really exist!

Comment by stripygoose on December 4, 2014 at 7:34am
I was at the post office and had handed over my little parcel ready to send. I had left a stylish-I-thought piece of washi tape as a little tag sticking out from the edge -just a centimeter or two...

out came the scissors...!
Comment by Ruud Janssen on October 23, 2014 at 5:14pm

well, this is new. They send me a card to say they threw in a piece of mail that isn't for them and if I would like it to pass it on.....

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on September 23, 2014 at 11:54pm

Not only Val and the French Post were so kind, also Edward Meyer, from Ripley Entertainment, was so kind to send me pictures of the arrived mail. 

About August 24th I posted these three tiny objects:

Alas they arrived too late for the 'strange mail' contest, but at least two of them, the bird and the birdhouse, did arrive safe and sound. 

They even traveled for free: neither the Dutch nor the US post had added a cancellation stamp to the postage stamps. So if ever Edward or someone else from Ripley will spend holidays in the Netherlands, they can take these stamps with them, they can be re-used for mail up to 20 grams :-)

The reason to show this mail here, is the addition by the American post, the USPS / United States Postal Service, or to be precise: by all employees at Irving Park Road Processing & Distribution Center:

Instead of getting angry and pounding on the postal objects because the size of the mail didn't comply with the rules, the Postpersons were very polite and they even protected it by a plastic cover. And delivered it, be it a little late, but they did

Thank you, PostNL and USPS, for bringing these objects to the right place, and thank you Edward, for these photos!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on September 23, 2014 at 10:53pm

.. and Valentine was so kind to send me a picture of the arrived envelope. As you can see, not only the postmark has been added, but also the number 11.
And even - before another postperson wrote this correct number - a postperon has written the (incorrect) number 66, of the Départment '66 Pyrenees Oriental', which is more south.

Again thank you, Val, and all postpersons who have done their utmost to find the receiver.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on September 22, 2014 at 12:55pm

I don't know if everyone would call it an addition (and alas I have no photo of the arrived mail, on which the Post had added the number '11'). But I would do so: this envelope I addressed to Herman in Sigean, France (nothing  more, nothing less: not his other names nor the Old Fountain Street-address), and the Post added an extra way! 

This is what the receiver, (Valentine Mark) Herman wrote to me, about the extra trip added to the journey of this envelope: 

" ..the minimally addressed orange envelope -- "Herman, mail artist, Sigean, France" -- GOT HERE!
It got diverted to the wrong Département (66 Pyrenees Oriental -- which is the one further South) -- before it arrived in Sigean with an '11' written by a post person on the envelope (11 is my Département, l'Aude)."

Val added "Fortunately, there's only one Sigean in France.", but it might have been nice to know what would happen when there would exist an other Sigean and to know what the Post people would do then.

Thank you very much, Val, for letting me know about the envelope's journey, and again thank you French Post, for your efforts and succeeding in delivering an interesting content despite of a minimal addressed envelope!

Comment by Eva (Mail Adventures) on September 5, 2014 at 5:12pm

At first, I read "We love those postal addictions!" :D

I have discovered some of these in the past, and always made me smile. Well, not really when they say I didn't add the right postage, or they hide a nice stamp, or when that means the envelope is damaged...

Lately I found this stamps in a letter from Suus. I think it is about customs, but it's too blurry...

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on September 4, 2014 at 12:52am

And the US mail added to an other interesting mail obejct, sent by Artis in Seine to America!

I read about it on Lynn's blog post.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 18, 2014 at 5:54pm

LaPoste also added a French envelope for mail art from

Valentine Mark Herman:

It protected some delicate little items from that BRASSERIE in Sigean!


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