Over three years ago I posted photos of a postcard I sent my friend Andreas in Athens, preparing for Grexit before it was called Grexit.
The crisis has worsened, Troika insists on austerity for Greece although austerity without a haircut has never worked, Twitter is buzzing with #thisisacoup .
The postcard was originally sent in January 2012.
So it seemed appropriate to re-post “Greek Financial Crisis: “Just in case…””:
A couple of months ago I moved back into my appartment. When I was unpacking boxes I found a little tin can full of old currencies. Amongst them three pieces of 10 drachmae.
Just in case bailing out Greece fails, I sent them to my friend Andreas in Athens:
Three old 10 Drachmae Coins sent to Greece in case the country defaults and leaves the Eurozone.
Today is my Dad’s 70th birthday.
I have sent him 71 postcards:
70 candles and one cake. The cake is actually posted as a heavy letter.
The 70 candles all weigh less than 20g each, so technically, they could be considered as a letter, but the maximum weight of postcards according to Deutsche Post is not a specific weight, but a weight per square measure and a maximum size: Maximum sizes are 12.5 * 23.5 cm (where the length has to be 1.4 x the width) and a maximum weight of 500g/sm .
The problem, though is that the candles are not rectangular. Technically, the Post could return the candles to me asking for an additional fee (Nachentgelt), but I didnt put a return address on them. Or they could just deliver them and ask the recipient to cough up an extra 76 or 96 cents. The exact amount of Nachentgelt charges for specific irregulatities eludes me. The fun fact is, that it the actual charging of Nachentgelt from recipients seems random. Apparently, Deutsche Post does not monitor, whether it is actually collected by mail delivery staff. My experience is that the less urban the recipient lives (e.g. the less floors the mailWOman has to walk up to actually levy the fee), the more likely it is that they will try to do so.
On a previous occasion when I sent my dad non-rectangular mail, he was charges 76 cents:
Swiss Air teaspoon as postcard
The blue “76” in the top right corner means that someone in the mail sorting facility decided that the mail delivery person might want to consider levying 76 cents fee for non-rectangular mail. The recipient, of course, could refuse to receive and therefore, pay.
I sent the 70 candles over the course of 48 hrs from about 10 different mail boxes all over Freiburg. I wonder how many will make it.
I will be in Basel at the Postkartenfestival, selling some freshly made postcards, along 150 artists. Amongst them are Dessi, Thomaso, Frida and Lucy.
It’s a one day thing, opening is at noon on Sat, Nov. 1st. It is at Unternehmen Mitte in Basel.
I wrote a postcard to the NSA making them aware of the fact that they should stop reading my emails while I am in the US.
I typed the postcard on my Triumph-Adler typewriter, because I loved the story about the Russian Intelligence Services going back to typewriters.
In case they can’t identify me by name or by the typeface of the typewriter, i actually licked the stamp (mormally I use self-adhesive stamps).
Oh, and, dear NSA: You’re probably reading this. So: I’m always happy about mail art. Feel free to send me a reply to my P.O. Box. You know where to find me.
The front of the typewritten postcard to the NSA.
The back of the typewritten postcard to the NSA.
Two weeks ago I received two Postcards from Andreas in Sweden.
Thanks Andreas! Let me know your address and I’ll send you something in return!
A postcard for Scott Blake. 90g of organic Black Forest Ham made in and sent from Freiburg. “Souvenirs” is an ongoing series of sending typical regional things somewhere else.
Surprisingly, the ham made it thru customs. Scott posted a photo in his Flickr-Stream.
A postcard made from Black Forest Ham send to Scott Blake.
A couple of weeks ago Cornelius finally returned the ‘Paint me’ canvas I’d sent him. Instead of painting it, he plastered it with 16 stamp-vending-machine-stamps of different values, adding up to the neccessary postage of €1.45. With Cornelius taking the interpretation of “paint” quite far, I decided to do the same with the postage. Instead of using stamps, I used superglue (admittedly, a lot;-) and coins, also adding up to the required postage of 1.45:
Canvas Postcard using Coins instead of Stamps as postage.
It actually took the canvas quite a while to be delivered (I mailed it Feb 9th, JC confirmed delivery on Feb 18th. He sent me the following snapshot of the canvas delivered:
Deutsche Post has removed the postage-coins. Image courtesy of Cornelius
So, Deutsche Post actually spent quite some time removing the coins and thereby tearing the canvas, as I had hoped it would. From the purple writing I assume that somebody in the mail sorting facility decided that the mailman was supposed to charge Nachentgelt (additional fee for non-standard mail/for annoying the people in the mail sorting facility) from Cornelius as well.