Tag Archives: Postkarte
Rarely she does send me postcards, but when I receive one from Nat(h)alie, they’re always great. Here is the last one she sent.
I guess the one I received on Jan. 3rd speaks for itself:
A slice of cheese sent as a postcard by Nat(h)alie. Back
A slice of cheese sent as a postcard by Nat(h)alie. Front
She was worried that it would go bad quickly if not refrigerated, that is why she sent it to my home address. It has been sitting on the loggia for the most part since, yet by now, almost a month later, it still looks as fresh as before;-)
You know this dry snow stuff they sell at Christmas Markets? As everything else on those markets, it tends to be far overpriced. But sometime last year I found a company that sells them for less than a Dollar per test tube.
Right now, it is -6°C here in Freiburg and supposed to be getting as low as -22 by Saturday. In Austin, Tx, its 15°C and supposed to rise to 22°C by the week end. So, Molly was the perfect recipient for some Snow to Go. Especially after she liked sledding so much;-)
Postcard: Snow to Go for Molly, Front
Postcard: Snow to Go for Molly, Back
In late October I found a stack of records on a tag sale in Old Saybrook for a quarter a piece. I went through them looking for bands/songs/album titles fitting for postcards. I found a quite niece one for my little Princes Ida: The Platters: My Old Flame (here on youtube for most of the world outside of Germany to hear). I had never heard of neither band nor song before.
At first, as with many other postcards during that week, I had used a piece USPS Priority Mail label # 228 as the address label pasted over the whole in the middle of the record. At the post office I was told I had to replace or cover the label if I wanted to avoid having to pay for priority shipping (which would have been over USD 40) although the Priority Mail Logo could not be seen. In the first two pictures you can still see the record with the original label:
Yesterday I went to see Princess Ida and her parents and got to see the Postcard after shipping. Three unusual changes had occured:
- Right at the post office I had pasted a piece of paper as new address label over the Priority Mail Sticker to appease Postmaster Chris. Usually, I never give a return address. On purpose. Apparently, somebody (Chris, I presume) had added it anyway after accepting it.
- The “Free Art” Sticker has been pasted over with a nice bureaucratic-green Sticker. Roughly translated it reads: “Passed customs. Main Customs Office, Frankfurt a.M. Airport”. Well, of course it did! “Free Art” was my customs declaration! Duh!!
- Still, it seems that customs took its’ due, since part of the record is missing.
I forgot to ask Princess Ida whether the postcard had been wrapped by either mail service in the classic “we’re sorry, but we think we might have damaged your mail”. (German Mail bureaucrats created a special word for this: “Nachverpackung”). Not that she would have known;-)
Posted in Mail Art, Robin sagt das ist Kunst
Tagged Customs, Free Art, Gagosian, Hauptzollamt Frankfurt, Mail Art, Postcard, Postkarte, record, Schallplatte, The Platters, USPS Priority Mail
Daniele hat ja schon vor langem drüber geschrieben, aber ich kam bisher nicht dazu. Ich hole das jetzt mal schnell nach:
Letztes Jahr war ich in Budapes. In Wien entdeckte ich dann noch einen übriggebliebenen 500-Forint Schein in meinem Geldbeutel. Da ich mich sowieso schon seit längerem mit Geldscheinen und Mail-Art beschäftigte wurde also eine Postkarte draus. Drauf steht “Korruptionstest”. Aber welcher österreichische oder deutsche Postangestellte würde schon 500 Forint klauen? Das waren damals nicht mal 2 Euro.
Übrigens wurde der Test erfolgreich bestanden;-)
About two months ago I happened to be driving by the former factory of Winchester Repeating Arms in New Haven, Connecticut. It is an amazing complex of brick buildings which have been abandoned since 2006, when production was moved to Japan (Wiki Article here).
Right now parts of the old complex are being renovated and turned into condos. They are not that far away from Yale, afterall;-) I talked a construction worker into allowing me to enter the factory grounds and stroll around and take pictures. I ended up spending three hours there and taking a ton of pictures. I haven’t really gotten around to processing those yet, but sooner or later I will be blogging some here.
In the factory I also found some souvenirs. One of them was promptly turned into mail for Fanny:
Während der Woche in der das iPhone4S angekündigt wurde und Steve Jobs starb war ich in New York bei Lucien (und im Zucotti Park;-). Lucien besitzt Apple Aktien und diese spielten in dieser Zeit Achterbahn:
Bild von Yahoo!Finance
Lucien war dementsprechend nervös und prüfte dementsprechen Häufig die Kurse. Kurz darauf fand ich auf einem Flohmarkt in Centerbrook von der ehemaligen Postmasterin folgendes “Stock Record Note Book” geschenkt:
Sue (hier und hier) hat einen Hund. Sie heißt Carmen, aber irgendwie kam ich dazu sie Carbon zu nennen. Carbon ist ziemlich süß und kann ne Menge Tricks und sie ist ziemlich verfressen und wild auf Popcorn: