Special

“Why use postcards? The popular context. I like to use an existing popular structure and examine it in a creative way. To extend what is already there and assimilated by society rather than try to impose alien ideas on them. Souvenir postcards, brief messages and visions sent through an open system to friends to say that they are in your thoughts and special. As a person who makes collages and art, I want them (my friends) to know the same so I make my postcards special, but in a basic, simple way. No high technique, just scissors, glue and photos. I want to be sure that at least theoretically, anyone could do it, a similar thing.”

— From a written statement given by Genesis P-Orridge to his solicitor before his trial on the charge of posting indecent postcards, documented in G.P.O. v G. P-O:  A Chronicle of Mail Art on Trial (1976)

Breathless

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“For as the action proceeds, interest tightens and pace increases. In the first part, the public sets the pace, moving slowly toward the wickets of the Post Office to use all its services one by one — and incidentally to show a young reader precisely how to use them. But once back of these windows this reader is caught up in an ever-heightening speed rising to a breathless climax.”

— May Lamberton Becker in her introduction to Here Comes the Mail (1939) by Robert Disraeli

Smart

“David didn’t know if he was smart. He liked to think he wasn’t dumb, even sort of liked learning new things, provided it didn’t come at the expense of doing something he really wanted to do. He didn’t believe in street smarts, since that meant you were a failure in some other part of your life but somehow were cagey enough to make shit work out among the uneducated trolls who lived under the bridge.”

— From Gangsterland (2014) by Tod Goldberg

Postal Treasure

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Found a copy at a book sale 35 years ago, but it was mildewed and I was very allergic; had to mail it away after just a few days. But last month, chanced upon the title, realized what it was, looked it up on Abebooks and found a nice, clean, non-allergenic copy. Filled with illustrations and stories.

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