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Friday, August 28, 2015

You Have Got to See This

Do yourself a favor, if you like mail art and live in the SF Bay Area...go see this show.
Amazing. Delightful. Wonderful.

Letters to Myself
The Calligraphic First Day Covers of Alan A.Blackman. The show is an the Main Branch of our fabulous SF Public Library until Sunday, October 11.
Here is the link to click to check it out.



And, just in case you can't get over there, I am going to take you along for a little visit with me.
I will mostly leave it to the photos to show you this amazing collection.
There were a lot of squeals and cries of "Oh my God" yesterday when I saw the show...all coming from me....


OK, I just have to say -- look at that address he wrote like TRAIN TRACKS. Oh my God.
Can you imagine that getting delivered now?



(I can only keep quiet for so long....) Don't these look like artistamps???? Or is it just me?



Be Still My Heart....



OH! -- and this address written in the triangle like the stamp......





Yes, do -- here is the link for his website-- you only have to click --
Alan Blackman
And here is what really kills me -- I recognized him immediately from the video that is playing at the show -- and yes, he lived two blocks from my house. And I work for the neighborhood newspaper. WHY didn't we know about him and do a story?

The final envelope

I wish he had a book (let's all email him through his website and ask for one!). I couldn't photograph all the fabulous covers  and calligraphy in the show but I think you'll get the idea.
We have our mail art meeting right across the hall from this on Sunday so you know I'll be going back.
If you can visit I know you will enjoy it but if not, I hope you like seeing the show thru my blog and being introduced to Alan Blackman.

Why didn't I think of doing anything like this?

SEND GOOD MAIL (even to yourself)
GET GOOD MAIL

32 comments:

  1. These are amazing!!! You're right, he should definitely make a book out of them! So pretty...

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    1. Glad you agree, Conelmate -- I hope he does do a book because I would like to be able to look at the work over and over. And thank you for the comment!

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  2. Pamela, thank you so much for posting all these photos, truly inspirational mail. Thank you!
    ~ Jack @ Cascadia Artpost

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    1. Hi Jack -- so glad you you enjoyed them. Wish you could come by and see the show. And thank you for your mail -- I owe you!

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  3. I'm speechless! Is a good thing speech isn't required here. I'm all eyes instead. This is my second visit! You truly do live in a special place.

    Thanks for letting us see!

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    1. Limner -- as a calligraphy lover I wish you could visit and see this. Absolutely wonderful and inspiring works. And yes -- i agree - SF is pretty special.

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  4. I remember those 'smiler' stamps from the UK. You're right, they do look like artistamps.

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    1. FinnBadger -- i loved those crazy stamps. Wish I had a set.

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  5. Wow! This is so amazing!!! I love the one of the fly fishing. This is so so beautiful!

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    1. me too, Pie Poster -- I am in awe of his creativity and talent. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing, it would be great to see them in person but your post is the next best thing. I do love mail art and his work is very inspiring.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, HalfmoonLilli -- I know everyone who reads the blog isn't local so I thought a wider audience would enjoy seeing his work. I do love mail art too. And a big thank you for our comment.

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  7. These are very cool. What an imagination, something I really admire because I have very little. Must work on my lettering. Thanks for the virtual tour!

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    1. Leslie -- I do not agree with you about your supposed lack of imagination. You certainly do have great imagination and the artwork to show it. Yes, practice your lettering and send me something.....

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  8. Holy cow, what awesome mail art!

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    1. "holy cow".....lol....Connie, it is really wonderful. I wish i had done something like that but I don't even know calligraphy...

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    1. Really! Corrine, I am in awe of his work and that collection. So happy the Library put on this show.

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  10. These are phenomenal! Thanks for sharing the photos for those of us that can't make it in person.

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    1. B. Lee -- you are most welcome. My pleasure to share and spread the word....happy you enjoyed seeing this...

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  11. And talk about small world! That's amazing, that he was your neighbor.

    I might, maybe make it back down before it closes. Thanks for the tip -- it would be great to see!

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    1. Paper Chipmunk - that would be great if you could see the show. I just wish i knew he was my neighbor when he actually was my neighbor.....I don't know where he lives now...

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  12. Thanks for sharing! They are so special.

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    1. You are very welcome, Nina -- and thanks for commenting.

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  13. Fantastic mail art! I wish I lived closer, it would be wonderful to see them in person.
    Thanks for sharing, Pamela!

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    1. Gaby Gee -- wish you could stop by and see the show too! Thanks so much for your comment -- much appreciated.

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  14. Wow, this display is outstanding. I would love to see in person!
    Pamela, you should do an exhibit at some point.

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    1. chandlerguera -- Glad you enjoyed seeing the show. I could have a show of mail art I've received but my own mail art is out in the world.....but I do have photos of some of it....Actually I was planning on doing a couple of posts showing some of the amazing mail art I have gotten -- it is too wonderful not to share.

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  15. wow - what a great rabbit hole you just sent me down.
    gorgeous

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    1. Karen -- you've been in that room at the library! Wish you were here again to see this show.

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