Richard Canard
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Richard Canard left a comment for Denice Newton
"08.04.24 Dare Ms. Denice Newton, ...Yes, please send the Jon Foster "Add n Pass" book my way. Many thanks. Sin Celery, Richard Canard,  409 S. Emerald Lane, Carbondale, Illusion 62901-2140"
Apr 8
Richard Canard commented on gianni romizi "adenoidi"'s photo

mail bullet art 2018.1

"10.02.24 Dare Mister Gianni Romizi "Adenoidi", ...yes, I seem to remember Nikii de Saint Phalle pulling  out her rifle in the early 60's & spilling a lots of paint color.  Is "Minimal Gun Art" just one bullet…"
Feb 10
Richard Canard commented on Bradford's photo


"22.oi.24 Dare Bradford, ....thanks for the "heads up"!!!  I checked the  "Liked it!" button but I don't like it at all.----when I first got involved in  this so-called "mail art" business--- an…"
Jan 22
Richard Canard left a comment for holly johnson
"10.01.24 Dare Ms. Holly Johnson, .....yes, hello, & welcome. .....& because of your background info, I have lots of questions for you.   For instance, what's your opinion of Mr. DeJoy??? Does the U.S. Post Office have a …"
Jan 10
Richard Canard left a comment for Robert Gregory
"31.12.23 Dare Robert Gregory, .... I am "old school", & obviously an earnest "luddite"   ( I probably don't belong in this century). I enjoy so called "correspondence"( i.e. "Mailart" ) as…"
Dec 31, 2023
Richard Canard commented on jon foster's blog post Group Magnet Show #3 - 878 Lexington Ave. Thomasville NC 27360 - Work From Amy Irwen (NV USA) + Joel Cohen (NY USA) + Georgina Stone (ON Canada) + Joey Patrickt (CA USA) + Caterino (NV USA)
"30.11.23 Dare Jon Foster, .... Wow!!!(a sincere "Wow"!!!)  You've made it possible for those folks that never even heard of "mail art" to become "mail art collectors". & in major cities everywhere Los…"
Nov 30, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Heide Monster's blog post USPS proposed postage increase in JUly 2023
"27.11.23 Dare Ms. Heide Monster, ..just now discovered your proposal (suggestion) of April 17 concerning lobbying the U.S.P.S.for a special discounted mail art rate. As much as I wish your idea had a possible future... I'm afraid & suspect…"
Nov 27, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Ana Kawajiri's group Dada Poetry
"30.10.23 Dare Ms. Ana Kawajiri, ...several years ago I attempted to simplify &  emphasize the importance of this historical art form by suggesting that  Dada enthusiasts simply "take a pair of scissors"  & cut out…"
Oct 30, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Melissa Wand's blog post Spotted Spade Fish
"09.10.23  I've seen playing cards utilized as "mailart" many times over but Do not recall ever seeing a "Spotted Spade Fish"  before.  Well done & thanks for sharing."
Oct 9, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Amy Candiotti's blog post Art Wall / Outside(r) Art in Seattle
"O9.10.23 "Outside(r) Art in Seattle"..... Delightful neighborhood  co-operation....though I find that most neighbors usually  complain about things like those deteriorating weather exposed canvases  & mud spattered/ mold…"
Oct 9, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's blog post POSTAGE COSTS RISE AGAIN IN THE UK (extracts from BBC report, 02/10/2023)
"03.10.23 Dare Valentine Mark H., .... the classic statement: "Money & Mail Art don't mix."  =Lon Spiegelman (1941=2002)  is becoming increasingly frail simply because Money & Mail Art are becoming increasingly…"
Oct 3, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Ruud Janssen's group IUOMA membership Cards
"27.08.23 Dare Mister Ruud Janssen, .....& so, once again...." Money & Mail Art don't Mix." ----Lon Spiegelman (1941-2002)..............when I first got involved in this "Mail Art" business as a beginning "Mail…"
Aug 27, 2023
Richard Canard joined Ruud Janssen's group

IUOMA membership Cards

When you have received a IUOMA membership Card, what can you do with it? what did you achieve with it? This also goes for older cards. In this groups visuals and also stories on how the cards can be used.Also visions.....
Aug 27, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Mail Art News's blog post Canard Communications: A mysterious marking
"18.08.23 Dare Mister Thomas Brown, ...what a bevy of  an empty, bland statements. Apparently richard  just enjoys running his mouth.   & the "bold spiral marking" isn't mind either---  merely the quick…"
Aug 18, 2023
Richard Canard commented on jon foster's blog post Description of Magnet Shows and Rolling Stones Connection
"08.10.23 Dare Jon Foster, always seem to be  pushing those good ideas. No doubt you have considered placing "Magnet Art" on the local metal U. S. Mail Drops which in turn would qualify as "mail art" all over again.…"
Aug 10, 2023
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Blah Blah Blah from TicTac
May 29, 2023

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
Early 60's
My Website (without http://):
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
Initially pure folly. Nowadays I visit the IUOMA practically everyday as if it were a part of the oatmeal routine.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
409 South Emerald Lane - Carbondale, Illusion-62901-2140 U.S.A. .........

03.20.11 Dare Ruud Janssen, Obviously (I suppose), I have no website here--just  random stacks of those cardboard boxes  (& seldom (if ever) do I utilize the email address). My admission into your fold is a result of that "ning" thing (plus your generosity) & the only way that I could find to continue participating in your Marvelous & Grand Service --the I.U.O.M.A. Thank you. I am (& have long been) appreciative  of your prophetic & thoughtful insight toward the phenomenon of correspondence art ("mail art")-----was it John Evans that first used that term?  In any event, I find the IUOMA to be a  joyous & convenient  source for checking in on the "state of the art." Of course, I am always interested  in the mail but I am not seeking more ,more, more --- I already owe a thousand postcards & letters (things are kinda winding down here). Also, it is not likely that I will be posting a photo (or photos). That stock image of a "stump", "block of wood","chip off the old block" seems to work just fine. All best to you & yours & the IUOMA! Richard Canard

Richard Canard's Blog

05.06.14 Dare Ms. Diane K., That stuff that fills the plastic bubbles is called "Trash Champagne." Sin sincerely, Richard Canard

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 4:54pm 1 Comment

05.06.14 Dare Ms. Diane K., That stuff that fills the plastic bubbles is called "Trash Champagne." Sin sincerely, Richard Canard

Today's mail...

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:57pm 0 Comments

!2.02.14  Today I received a postcard from Ms. Angie Cope that reads:....... "I think IUOMA is a metaphor for life.  Wait--maybe not--But when I go there I feel like everything I see and read is so cool but is just the tip of the iceberg. So many blogs and comments buried--waiting to be discovered...rediscovered."..... Now, isn't that a terrific valentine for Ruud Janssen & all of us here at the IUOMA??? 

Da Beatles

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 4:47pm 1 Comment

08.02.14 Dare USPS & the IUOMA,  I understand that it's been half a century now (Yesterday)  since "The Beatles" first discovered America...& I can't tell you exactly what followed but I do know that I was not the only one  responsible.... Anyway, late at night (after I turn out the light) I am perfectly willing to admit that part of the blame is mine.  .....the walrus, richard canard 

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At 6:18pm on December 28, 2021, Matt Ferranto said…

Deer Richard, is that you? I'll have to send something to you in Carbondale. 

At 3:42pm on February 27, 2021, Carrie Booth said…

Hi Richard,

this is something I have been considering as I am aware that these things take a great deal of time and effort - therefore I am also trying to get people within the UK (where I am from) involved as the postage will be quicker and I also would accept work via email too. Thank you for your suggestion, this is something I am vey conscious of at the moment. 

All the best,

Carrie Booth

At 3:12am on September 20, 2019, Oh Boy said…

Thanks for taking a look at the pictures. The Art Detox series highlights my photoshop skills. I'll send to the "archive" soon. Oh Boy

At 5:01am on July 26, 2016, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Yippee! I got home from vacation and found two postcards from you! Poems and trash--hurray!!! I will get something back to you soonly!

At 11:38pm on January 28, 2016, Lucky Pierre said…
Coyote is a legendary trickster, n'est-ce pas?
At 5:07pm on December 7, 2015, Ruud Janssen said…

Dear Richard C.  When I post a letter and there isn't enough postage on it, I get a message from the postal office and can actually see the proof: a scan of the letter. When they are right, I have to pay the postage due. In mail-art cases sometimes the computer is wrong, ans the scan proves the postage was correct. So the digitizing of our mail-art in the Netherlands is already done and I do get glances of it now and then. The postal office just loves to scan our mail and see if we pay the fee......

At 1:40am on December 6, 2015, Claire (aka Cleo) said…

Hey Richard, "Friend" me! Please!!! (I wanna message ya...)

At 12:21am on October 15, 2015, jon foster said…

Richard...I came into a box of mail-art from the Winston Salem show in 1979. Can you give me any information about this show, or point me in the right direction? My goal is to share all of the art and I want a little backstory to go along with it. Thanks guy!

At 6:48am on November 16, 2014, Richard Canard said…

16.11.14 Dare Mister Shab Levy, ...& thanks for your response... & again I repeat: I have never sent anything to Ms. Koshgarian  & as you say, it was "a general remark"...which of course was my point....(I placed myself right in the meddling middle).Please understand that there are no problems here as far as I'm concerned...I am naught but a clown  & seriously interested in bad jokes  & "shabby" art. I did manage to check out your website, however ( & what a stark contrast  we are). You sir, are obviously a disciplined, technically skilled  & accomplished artist. I also enjoyed viewing your comprehensive visual Art History Section (a few new inserts for me but was also surprised not to see any reference to Joseph Cornell or Ray Johnson...(but then, you did make it clear that it was incomplete). & as far as your viewing my own so-called "creations" on the web are concerned-- I must confess that  I can barely use the electronic mouse & have no website....but most artists & quasi-serious mail artists can usually be found fairly easily. Sinsneerly, Richard Canard    

At 10:50pm on November 15, 2014, Shab Levy said…

Dear Mr. Canard,

I know Karen from an art-book group that we belonged to and I am sure that she wasn't commenting on your creativity or quality of work, rather as a general remark. Please let me know where I can see some of your creations on the web.

Shab Levy



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