MAIL Fun, important Mail, Mail trivia

Just around the corner is Oct 9, a postal service milestone. More about this, at the end of this blog. My involvement with communications via mail came naturally, having been a world traveler, family behind the iron curtain and serving years out at sea. All pre Internet. We have to recognize the existence of the Int’l Postal Union as it was established 1874. It established postal security. ( except Mail behind Iron Curtain)

My all time favorite envelope by a 7 year old Montessori student

It takes no special skill to reach out to someone “a most iconic act of showing someone that you care” my letters were illustrated, now I take a photo and push a button. Just not the same! I got involved with the IUOMA now going on 30 years.

Need ideas of embellishing a envelope, many ideas on their site

The last #mailartcall I did was here in Lake Worth, for our Lake Worth Centennial. Have done these calls several times. Wish I could show all the amazing envelopes from around the world. First one was for my gallery. My all time favorite envelope, is seen above by a child. Had a great write up, and here comes the Miami Post Master General? He loved it! I turn he sent me a piece of Mail Art seen here. My 2nd favorite.

Got to love it! That’s him. Holding Coconut while visiting the exhibit in the
Windisch-Hunt Fine Art

I also participate in different calls, like the Washington Calligraphy Guild “The Graceful Envelope” sponsored by the Postal Union of America They have themes but this year canceled. Others I submit to go to University Libraries. I gifted the Centennial Exhibit to our Historical Museum. Why should MOMA have a collection and we not. Do you ever Wonder what mail will look like a hundred years from now?

Go see their website the submissions are outstanding.

Now October is a important month. The 9th recognize the Postal Union now it is also an election year. and I’m advocating for #FreeUpTheMail. From Oct. 13 till Nov. 3. Saw it on #BillMaher

Getting out Bday cards that happen between Oct 13 – Nov. 3

So if you can support this, today being Oct. 1 start thinking of the birthdays in Oct. after the 13th, like Bama, Tom J, Mae G and beginning of Nov. Charka, Sylvina. I’m preparing those right now and will have them in the mail prior to the 13th. The bills, pay & send & post-date them. Ask your friends to do the same.

Recognize your postal carrier on Oct. 9th It’s World Post Day 192 member countries are part of it it’s an important day for your letter carrier. Let them know you appreciate them. They come to your door almost every single day maybe that’s the day to tip them. Now for the trivia! 1. Did you know. who our first postmaster general was in 1775? 2. What does ZIP code stand for? 3. When is National Letter writing Day ? 4. Where do you send your Mail Art submission to 5. What are the dates of #FreeUpTheMail. 6. When is the deadline for Mail Art.

This is the day to be grateful that your getting secure mail .

1. Benjamin Freanklin. 2. Zone Improvement Plan in 1963. 3. Dec. 7, 2020 4. Mail art. – P.O. Box. 46 – Lake Worth Beach Fl. 33460 5. Oct. 13 – Nov. 3. / 6. Dec. 15, 2020

July 7 something fun and interactive You’ve got Mail

Not exactly, but you certainly can participate in this Open Mail Art Call. So very easy take an envelope, a postcard embellish it and send to

Mail Art P.O.Box 46 Lake Worth Beach, Fl. 33460 USA

Mailart sharing for a cause #collagemailart

Mail Art aka Postal Art costs nothing more than the postage that sends your gift across the world or just across town. The revival of this art form has reached a new popularity. The Pandemic that left us home alone and the Postal Service is dangling by a thread. So give yourself a creative few minutes, support our mail carriers. Now a bit of history it goes way back to possibly Cleopatra who mailed herself in a rug to Mark Anthony fait accompli. The first picture postcard was sent in 1870 and since then , news bad and good has been announced via letters and postcards. Lets not forget the creed of our Postal Service “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these curriers ….. and so we await our mailmen and women.

Our friends, we depend on them
Invitation to participate heading overseas

There are museums* that house mail art. Many University Libraries* have collections. Right now with lockdown there are several #mailartcalls underway some with themes of lock down, corona virus, cats all those are searchable. A good resource for mail art inspiration is Pinterest or just google “Mail Art” There is a whole world of fabulous envelopes. There are group like International Union of Mail Artists to which I belong. Great archive there. Here is a link of two I curated, with photos of submissions. Lakeworthcentennial.wordpress.com for our hundred Lake Worth Beach birthday in 2013 or visit oneearsociety.blogspot.com Jan 21, 2009 should you look through the call for mail art there, you can find mail from children.

Check out Cinderella’s and faux stamps, Lots of fun there
One of my students, mail for Grandma

Don’t be shy! Send us your creative endeavors today .

No Jury, No Limit, No return, No theme. No Age restriction Deadline Nov. 15, 2020 send to: Mail Art. — P.O.Box. 46. — lake Worth Beach FL. —- 33460. — USA

So put your email on back of envelope we will let you know it arrived and where it will be exhibited and travel to other shows .