Richard Canard
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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
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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
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
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
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Blah Blah Blah from TicTac
May 29
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Blah Blah Blah from TicTac
"29.05.23 Dare Ms. Katerina N., ...yes, I've seen this "blah, blah, blah" gesture many times before (but rarely executed with such finesse). It is of course, quite an accurate commentary on the endless tribble of what we all too often…"
May 29
Richard Canard commented on Mail Art News's blog post Claim Your Free Art By Mail Today
"17.03.23 Dare ThomasB, ...yes, okay,thank you. Richard C. 409 S.Emerald lane , Carbondale, Illusion , 62901-2140 U.S.A.D.D."
Mar 17
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post THREE from the Bennetts
"12.03.12  Dare Ms. Katerina Nikoltsou, ...The Bennetts  (John M. & C. Merhl)  have long been among my favorites. SinCelery, Al Hansen"
Mar 12
Richard Canard commented on ThomasB's blog post Sale of Mail Postal Art
"12.03.23 Dare Ms. Katerina Nikoltsou (via ThomasB's "Sale of Mail Postal Art"),...Yes, your response here is pretty much what I would have also said if (that's a big "IF") I were as perceptive & consciously…"
Mar 12
Richard Canard commented on Maxima Strange's blog post Received from Marcia Rosenberger
"04.01.23 ....I fancy myself as a sort of a "Zentangler"---but I can't touch these.  First-rate!!! Ms. Marcia Rosenberger."
Jan 4
Richard Canard commented on Maxima Strange's group SHOW ME YOUR POST OFFICE
"14.12.22 Dare Ms. Mail Art Martha (via Ms. Maxima Strange & SHOW ME YOUR POST OFFICE),....."embrace e-mail or die. It is only evolution in action"---Perhaps a logical response but I see your comment as a profound & perceptive…"
Dec 14, 2022
Richard Canard joined Maxima Strange's group


I read that USPS will be shutting down smaller post offices soon. I fear my little town PO may be one of the ones to go, so I took a photo. I’d love to see your hometown post office, too.  See More
Dec 14, 2022
Richard Canard commented on Marcia Rosenberger's blog post From Jan van de Pol, with love
"20.11.22 Dare Ms. Marcia R., I recall & early on, I was told that this business of "kissing apples" is how Eve started this whole thing. SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Nov 20, 2022
Richard Canard commented on jon foster's blog post Book?
"08.11.22 Dare Jon Foster,  ...I know what "add  & pass" means ---but are these "Children's Board books" ??? Has Miles read them already  & or are they suppose to be returned to Master Miles??? I'd…"
Nov 9, 2022
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's blog post THE EFFECTS OF COVID ON MAIL ART EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS
"31.10.22 ......yes, yes---lots of problems involved with the IUOMA & mail art now & over the years. I assume you've noticed what's going on in the so-called "Real World"---it was bound to spill over into our sacred realm…"
Oct 31, 2022
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"18.10.22 Dare Mister Valentine Mark Herman,   ...I'm certainly not complaining, but I hardly ever see a "boring postcard" here anymore---exotica, exotica--- galore!!!(or does that response simply point out my lack of…"
Oct 18, 2022

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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

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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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