David Stafford's Blog (197)

Hope for the Aged

I thought this was a particularly good distillation of why I like mail art. (We still don't know why it doesn't like me but that's for another day).

From a Washington Post article on creativity and aging.

If you’re interested in staying healthy as you age — and living…


Added by David Stafford on July 13, 2021 at 7:12am — 3 Comments

Happy Lunar New Year

T-Shirt from the Jon Foster Collection

Added by David Stafford on February 14, 2021 at 6:45am — 5 Comments

Saving the US Postal System

I may be violating a IUOMA policy here but I think it's important for people to realize that the forces of darkness are once again trying to privatize our Postal System, widely regarded as one of America's proudest achievements for a wide variety of reasons.

Check out this paper from In The Public Interest and then consider writing a letter to these…


Added by David Stafford on July 21, 2020 at 11:04pm — 43 Comments

COVID 19 and Mail Art

I'm not sure anyone has addressed this yet but it has occurred to me that we may all be wondering what the protocols should be.

Here's an informative article that addresses the issue.

Stay Safe


Added by David Stafford on March 13, 2020 at 9:14pm — 31 Comments

Happy New Year

Here's the pig leaving the building.…


Added by David Stafford on February 1, 2020 at 5:40pm — 4 Comments


It's time again to put out the call to interested ephemeralists and makers of collage. I have more of these old magazines (Mostly women's magazines from the 40s, Ladies Home Journal, The House Beautiful, etc.) that I would like to give away. I also have clipped (what I deem) the usable parts of several of the magazines for those who want to cut to the…


Added by David Stafford on May 11, 2019 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Public Service Message

Note: As part of my plea agreement I am required by law to post these PSAs periodically. Let me know if you have any questions.

Added by David Stafford on March 28, 2019 at 8:52pm — 5 Comments

A Public Service Message From Dave

I know just how vexing an issue this can be and that's why I've decided to offer this handy info wheel to those confused by this crazy, mixed up, modern world of mail art. I hasten to add: this is only a prototype. We're looking for investors who might want to help us iron out a few of the kinks. Please go to our gofund me site elsewhere on this planet. Or just bask in the knowledge that there are answers out there to questions that seemed beyond the reach of science. Many…


Added by David Stafford on March 13, 2019 at 3:26am — 2 Comments


Happy Year o' the Pig and all that. But wait...there's more. I'm finishing off my gargantuan scanning project. And now I have all these old magazines that I'm wondering what to do with. I've considered selling them on Etsy but it seems like a fool's errand since…


Added by David Stafford on February 8, 2019 at 9:40pm — 13 Comments

Super Megathon Blogarama Deluxe-a Go-Go IV: The Umpire Strikes Back

Brooke C. of Seattle sent my mom this fresh collage/painting. Alas, to complain about too much rain is not something we ever do in New Mexico. Would that we could. But your collage is still lovely, Brooke.

And she sent me this colorful…


Added by David Stafford on September 13, 2018 at 12:31am — 6 Comments

Super Megathon Blogarama Deluxe-a Go-Go

From outta the blue Nadia of Barcelona sent me this monster on wrapping paper, just the kind of spontaneous effort I like to see crossing the ocean in search of meaning. Thank you, Nadia.

Then Heidi Monster sent my mom…


Added by David Stafford on September 12, 2018 at 2:41am — 3 Comments


As some of you know, I have been in California every other month for the past three months. (More on that later) That means I received lots of mail art which I haven't been able to get to for a while. This megablog, with an emphasis on brevity, is meant to address that and catch up with all the good stuff you've been sending.

First up, a sensuous collage from…


Added by David Stafford on June 11, 2018 at 10:39pm — 11 Comments

Stripygoose, Brooke Cooks, Richard Canard, Nadine Wendell-Mojica, and Rebecca Guyver

Stripygoose sent me this Cool Cardboard Crowing Cock Collage (C.C.C.C.C.), which resembles a museum exhibit in this setting. A Cave Carving from the Age of Cardboard. (C.C.A.C.) Thank you, SG.

Brooke Cooks sent me this valentine. So sweet…


Added by David Stafford on March 6, 2018 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Year o' the Dog: Our Entry for 2018

Added by David Stafford on February 19, 2018 at 1:28am — 8 Comments

Carina Granlund, Angie Cope, StripyGoose, tic tac, Keith Chambers, Marie Wintzer, Alicia Starr Ryan, Katerina Nikoltsou & Nancy Bell Scott

Kitchen Litho from Carina in far off Petsmo. Wunderbar.  (Can you really do lithography with just things found around the kitchen? If so, I want to try it). And the envelope, please.

Brava! Thank you, Carina.…


Added by David Stafford on February 11, 2018 at 8:00pm — 15 Comments

Jose, Marie and Janine

Out of the blue Jose Nogueira sent me this wonderful package of stuff. This was the envelope. Inside:

Three stencils which I presume are part of a silk screen operation but cool as art in their own right. And...they happen to dovetail with…


Added by David Stafford on January 17, 2018 at 4:37am — No Comments

Carina and Nadia and Stan and Jay and Richard and Jon and The Keys Family Media Group featuring Lord Phlegm

There's an old Buddhist saying: When a person gives you a dog don't thank them until they give you a second dog. Probably a poor translation but I think the meaning is quite clear: I now have the two dogs. It's time to thank. Above: Dog one. We like to keep him on a lead otherwise he gets carried away. …


Added by David Stafford on November 22, 2017 at 6:18pm — 2 Comments

Carina and Katerina in the Fall

Is it a halloween card, a birthday card or just an old photo of cafe society circa 2017? I'm not sure but for our purposes here we're callin' it a Halloween card from Carina of Finland. Thank you, Carina. Below we have placed the card in a traditional "scary" tableau relevant to our national holiday of horror.…


Added by David Stafford on October 29, 2017 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments


The Family DKult sent a huge package of things (most of which I've returned) (as required by law). As you can see from the Inset Carina G's laughing horse was included in the mix, not once but dos, and, as I discovered somewhat tardily, also in the package was an Anthead Super Collabo-zine add-and-pass which has since been added and passed. Let's take a closer look the…


Added by David Stafford on September 13, 2017 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

Stamps from Borderline Grafix, Miguel Jimenez, Keith Chambers and Henry Denander

The allure of artistamps is irresistible. So many mini-canvasses, so many great graphic forms to riff on, plus perfs! Here are four different artist approaches beginning with Borderline Grafix's homage to the classic "good girl" graphics from the Golden Age of comics.…


Added by David Stafford on September 11, 2017 at 10:02pm — 4 Comments



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