Richard Canard
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Richard Canard joined Valentine Mark Herman's group


There must be billions of them in the world. We pass them every day. We walk on them. We do not take any notice of them. They are heavy, and usually made of cast iron. They come in many different shapes, sizes and patterns. Look, and you will find them everywhere.What are they? MANHOLE COVERS, that provide access to local service systems such as water, electricity, gas, and telecommunications.Post photos of any interesting ones you find here.See More
Jun 4
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Oh..... or do you refer to the "Post" / "Card"?"
May 26
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Yes,  I can relay to you another of the same "lock-down Covid Reimagination" (if  that is to which you refer).  Unfortunately, I am not  aware of Ms. Hale's total repertoire--there may very well be more . Ms. Diana…"
May 26
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"26.05.21 Dare Mister Val M. H., ...Thank you for your attentions & insights. I just wanna underscore that Ms. Diana Hale's photograph featuring the "Queen of Hearts stuck on a fence log" is also "a playing card atop a…"
May 26
Richard Canard commented on Tania Krosse K's photo


""The Lord has walked out" ???....& I think maybe has dropped his cell phone account as well ???---but I'm not exactly sure why  as it looks like (at least--the illustration here ) there is  a  friendly bunch…"
May 21
Richard Canard commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"(Sir Guido Bondioli)...yes, the "BIG" barf is impressive.....but, if I may: the modest little  postcard has served humankind well over  the past century  & while it is true [at least, here in the U. S. A.( b.,c.,…"
May 19
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Selvages from Patricia Landon
"27.04.21 Dare Ms. Patricia London, ...what is this???? ...quoting the sculptor Isamu(?) Noguchi & creating asternick snowflakes  out of the "leftover nothings" of postal selvage ... (shouldn't you add gold leaf & or place…"
Apr 27
Richard Canard commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Cascadia Art Post sends two...or three ?
"23.04.21 Dare Ms.  Katerina Nikoltsou, ...yes, Cascadia Artpost (Mister Jack Latteman)--one of the most productive, generous,inventive & playful mail artists in the network. Thanks for sharing so completely....SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Apr 23
Richard Canard commented on Michael Leigh's blog post More Doodles
"18.04.21 Dare Mister Michael Leigh, ...this is what I believe to be "creative"--- a habitual positive personal  discipline & thank you for sharing with us a  sampling. SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Apr 18
Richard Canard commented on Fulgor Silvi's photo


"29 .03.21 Dare Mister Fulgor SiviIi, ...I'm still sorta curious about the "Fulgor Silvi Look" wearing  a Covid mask.  SinCelery, Richard Canard"
Mar 29
Richard Canard commented on Jadaway's blog post Introducing a new commemorative stamp...
"24.03.21 Dare Mister David Jaap (aka Jadaway), ... & so,.... just exactly what are you saying? &  or just exactly what are you seeing???? Is President Xi Jinping the next equivalent to General Douglas MacArthur in terms of the…"
Mar 24
Richard Canard commented on jon foster's blog post I Wrote About Bingo Cards and Board Games
"23.03.21 .....Jon Foster has the soul of a mail artist, the heart of a "good ole boy",  &  the intellect of a English Professor. ........Post Scriptum: & in some sort of  attempt to create my own association--- I…"
Mar 23
Richard Canard commented on William M's blog post Incoming: Debra Mulnick and Adam Roussopolous/John M. Bennett
"22.03.21 Dare Mister William M., .....& that's what I call a "collaboration" ( i.e. "started by one & finished by another") ......not to mention: two first-rate artists to begin with..... no wonder my  so-called…"
Mar 22
Richard Canard commented on Ruud Janssen's group Onions
"19.03.21 Ruud Janssen provides such a rich, diverse & welcoming place for us all. He ( I just discovered ) even has a space for "Onions"."
Mar 19
Richard Canard joined Ruud Janssen's group


The Onion Group - For those who mis-spel Union or just like Onions. Don't Cry Please.See More
Mar 19
Carrie Booth left a comment for Richard Canard
"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…"
Mar 17

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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 4:42pm 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 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.



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