Richard Canard
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Richard Canard commented on Bradford's photo

20200331 - Yayoi S W COVER comp JPEG

".... the only  thing(s) (completely obvious of course) I can offer after all that is the addition of multiple stamps  makes for a readymade "mini picture exhibit" & a final total of 55 cents. ... but I also wonder about the…"
Richard Canard commented on Bradford's photo

20200217 How to fool the post office

" 01.04 20 (the date is purely coincidental) Sir Bradford,...just wanna say, I appreciate your insight, observations & fairly habitual commentary ---& I should add: it always seems to be mostly of the unique  &…"
Richard Canard commented on Mail Art Martha's photo

Jon Matson

"Aaahh... the perfect photo evidence  & rebuttal to postal authority complaints  aimed at  mail artists for  not adhering to postal regulations... "
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"29.03.20 Dare Val & No Idea,  ... & back again to No. 12 The Amish Farm & House commentary:----"tobacco"---Thank you for the informed but quixotic observations. It's been like this for several years now but  only…"
Mar 29
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"28.03.20 Dare Mister Valentine Mark Herman,  ..."No. 12 The Amish Farm & House"----Yes, The Amish  are so boring. You can easily tell by the jammed parking lot & tour bus. SinCelery, Richard Canard.... Post Scriptum: That…"
Mar 28
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"28.03.20 Dare Val,Mim & No Idea,... As I like to "toot (or honk) my little horn", Ima right proud formore Nawff Karolindian &  the storie regarding "Grandfather Mountain" as I recollect  was the line formed by…"
Mar 28
Richard Canard commented on Adam Roussopoulos's blog post A time for Collaboration
"27.03.20 Dare Mister Adam Roussopoulos, ....Mary Anne sez: "This is what it is all about". ....& I would certainly have to agree despite the fact that very seldom do I ever actually see it happen. Bravo!!! Congratulations! Etc., Etc.…"
Mar 27
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"26.03.20 Dare Mister Valentine Mark Herman, What a terrific  batch of so-called "Boring Postcards" from Ms. Mim. No. 1 "The Traveler's Palm in Florida" is however what I would call exotic.--but No. 2 "Roadway Scene…"
Mar 26
Richard Canard commented on Debra Mulnick's photo


"24.03.20 Dare Ms. Debra Mulnick,  Bravo!!!...there is no problem (except of course for those who may insist that there may be one) . I thought that  this was the sort of thing that we were all suppose to be doing....telling it like it is…"
Mar 24
Richard Canard commented on Jennifer Wallace's blog post Unwanted mail?
"23.03.20 Dare Ms. Jennifer Wallace, ...Amen.  ... nuff said. ..."if there are no rules in mail art" that would mean that there are no rules--- except of course, for the ones that one choses. The commentary from  all those…"
Mar 23
Richard Canard commented on Adam Roussopoulos's photo

New Artistamps

"22.03.20 Dare Mister Adam R. &  Sir Bradford, ...I'm a bit confused but it doesn't matter as that's not the point....  but I suspect Mister Adam Roussopoulos  & his COVID-19 Gun & T. Paper Rubber stamp…"
Mar 22
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's blog post WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR NATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM?
"20.03.20 Dare Mister Valentine Mark Hermann, et al, ... Should there be any question about contagion it seems to me that (alas)  dropping out of the network, or any failure to answer the mail & or a lack of response  to a mailing would…"
Mar 20
Richard Canard commented on Heide Monster's blog post how did this get thru?
"20.03.20 Dare Ms. Heide Monster, ... Thanks for sharing the  Mailart Martha item . (as per usual her efforts are "over -the- top" & noteworthy). Your statement: "P.S. Isn't there an "L" in mailart?" caused…"
Mar 20
Richard Canard commented on Alan Brignull's photo

The perfect postbox?

"15.03.20 Dare Mister Alan Brignull, ...& so, with the possible pandemic shutdowns of multiple post offices-- your "THE PERFECT MAILBOX" can easily serve as a memorial site. ...& your caption: "Like a wayside shrine to the gods…"
Mar 15
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Red Letter Day from Jennie Hinchcliff
"13.03.20 Dare Ms. Katerina N. & res n., ....considering the fact of the the dramatic" personal touch" cancellation ( a double cancellation actually) one wonders if classical stamp collectors will find such markings of  special…"
Mar 13
Richard Canard commented on MUSEUMOFMAILART's photo

Cascadia Artpost (USA)

"08.03.20 Dare M.O.M.A., ... Cascadia Artpost is a first rate mail artist & seems to be  most capable  & daring enough to ask "the question" ... I simply wonder which secret or obvious sin he refers to??? This question…"
Mar 8

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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 5:54pm 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 6:57pm 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 5:47pm 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 4:12am 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 6:01am 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 12:38am on January 29, 2016, Lucky Pierre said…
Coyote is a legendary trickster, n'est-ce pas?
At 6:07pm 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 2:40am on December 6, 2015, Claire (aka Cleo) said…

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

At 1:21am 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 7:48am 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 11:50pm 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

At 1:57am on October 22, 2014, Susan McAllister said…
Thanks for the delightful card. To me it looked like a fish eating a big mouthful of spaghetti. I am pleased to have inspired you.
At 7:03pm on April 23, 2013, Cassandra Gallagher said…

Richard, thank you ten fold for the lovely postcard you sent. It's simplicity speaks volumes and I'm glad you used my favorite quote too. I will be glad to send something special in return. Until then, all best.




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