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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Whole Lot of Mail (101 Card Campaign)

Isn't this a good spot to read all your birthday mail? My 101 year old father-in-law thinks it is.
And, boy, did he get a lot of great mail to celebrate his birthday during the month of October.
You guys are GREAT. Thank you all so much, everyone who contributed.
He says he got 130 cards in all....from all over the country and the world.

Virgo in Russian sent him a great big envelope with three terrific birthday cards written in Cyrillic .
How cool is that?
I am a little jealous.....

And Virgo included one with Congratulations from President Putin...
I am still laughing over that one...

JB also got a fire fighter hat mailed just like what you see in the photo, He was amazed,
Also a message in a bottle all the way from Finland and avocado socks from someone special in SF.

This was on the bottom of the fire fighters hat -- now that is pretty wonderful birthday mail, don't you think?

Fire Fighter postage stamps from Germany....

Pretty great Dori Singh mail.

There was a very strong fire fighter theme running through the mail and both JB and I want to send out a big thank you to the fire fighters who sent him mail.


Miss Polly from Portland kept it going...
And a shout-out to the Portland Correspondence Co-op for sending out some mail art to him.


Some excellent Canadian postage stamps with a great postmark from Adrienne...

And the card she made was even better.......(I love this one).

Tallie picked up the avocado theme....

I am coveting this Russian postage stamp...

There was so much fabulous mail that I didn't even have time to look at it all while I was visiting him so I took it home to SF so I could fully inspect it..(don't worry, I am sending it back to him).

Got out my trusty punch and some binder rings and set to work putting all his cards on a couple of rings so he can hang them up and flip through them when he feels like it.

Looking pretty good!
I can tell you he got a whole lot more cards for his birthday than I ever did....

JB and I want to thank you ALL who sent him birthday mail. I wish I could send each and every one of you a thank you but I just don't have it in me to send out 130 thank-you's....so I hope this blog post will do to thank everyone -- the folks in Canada, Germany, Finland, Russian, Poland went above and beyond and all of you who made him collages and mail art -- it is so very appreciated.Thank you to both the San Francisco Correspondence Co-op and the Portland Correspondence Co-op.
He told me he is kind of sad now that he isn't getting mail anymore and he wishes he "would mail mail like that all the time".  (We all would like that, wouldn't we?).
If you didn't send him a card and are inspired to after seeing all this cool mail, his address is:

JBF
1575 E WASHINGTON APT 530
PASADENA  CA
91104

And, speaking of thank you's, your many comments on my last blog post are very much appreciated.
If I always got that many comments I would be a very happy camper. At least now I do know people are actually out there reading my blog. I always love to hear from you about what you like (or don't like), if you want to see more or less of something or just a hello and telling me what you are making on your work table. It was terrific to get so much feedback from my question "Is Blogging dead?".
From all your responses it seems as though it isn't.

SEND GOOD MAIL -- GET GOOD MAIL

(and please keep those comments coming)


33 comments:

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    1. Corrine -- saw your cool postcard to him -- thank you!

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  2. Wow! What a great response and wonderful success !
    Really warms the heart to know folks out there rallied to make this a memorable birthday for JB!
    And so good of you , Pamela, to organize them on the rings .
    Good job, all around!

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    1. Dori -- yes, we surpassed the 101 cards too -- good work! I agree - it really is so heartwarming so many folks took the time to mail him cards...with the sad things in the world it is nice to have something going on that is so kind....

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  3. Pamela, I am so happy your father in law was honored with 130 cards. He deserves it. I am just about ready to start a card shout out for my dad who will turn 95 on December 20th. We did this for him on his 80th and 90th and who would have thought we are so lucky to be able to do it for his 95th. I know I can count on you for one of them! I love seeing the cards. Do a Part 2 so we can see more of them! What a loving daughter in law you are! Maybe we can send some to him on Valentines Day too.

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    1. Monica -- you can come over and see them all in person or I can bring them over to your place. Valentine's Day -- what a great idea. He would love that. And of course I will send your dad a card......

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  4. Thanks for inviting us to be a part of his momentous milestone!

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    1. CJ -- I saw cards from both you and Clyde -- many, many thanks!

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  5. About 130 cards! Wow, this is really great!
    Best wishes from Germany
    helen (with the Fire Fighters Postage Stamp :-) )

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    1. helen -- the fire fighter stamp was wonderful -- thanks so much.

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  6. Would JB like some Christmas mail?

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    1. TomoyoHime -- he most certainly would! Great idea.

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  7. How wonderful! What a collection! I'm glad to see that mine arrived. I will add JBF to my mailing list and drop him a card now and then.

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    1. cjsrq -- that is so nice of you -- thanks. We all know how great it is to get good mail and when you are 101 I think it is especially festive.

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  8. I cant remember sending him one but will keep his address to send him more definitely hugs and kisses from Australia JBF.
    FYI I read all your blog posts, sometimes I comment, most of the times I dont, but you know I always read it and I am sure others do too. I have a visitors live traffic feed on mine so I can go to it and see who came and how long they stayed and what they looked at and it shows me a lot more people visit my blog more than those the comments I get.

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    1. Hi Bridget -- he'd love a card from Australia -- thanks. I see the stats and which countries they are from etc but I still say comments are the best -- and thank you for this one!

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  9. What an amazing tribute to your FIL. This is simply amazing. I'll see if I have a postcard that might be appropriate to send to him. By appropriate, I mean something with a firefighter or similar.

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    1. That would be lovely of you, Elizabeth -- but it doesn't have to be related to fire fighting -- he would love to get anything!

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  10. This reminds me that there is still much good and kindness in the world!

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  11. 101!! That's amazing. And so very cool. Congratulations!!

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  12. I was so pleased to be a part of this delightful birthday celebration. JB sounds like a wonderful guy! I'm so happy to hear he got so many.

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    1. I saw your card, Ellen and thank you so much. JB is a good guy and he sure did enjoy all that mail.

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  14. What an awesome project, Pamela! It must have made your FIL feel so special. I love that he got a message in a bottle! And, am I being silly to ask--was that Putin greeting for real?

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    1. Andria...noooo......my Russian mail art pal sent the Putin greetings to him.....i loved it but I think JB might have thought it was real and I didn't tell him it wasn't.......

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  15. Wow, that's a bout the best gift a guy could hope for---thanks to you i can see how he might be having withdrawals, so I will definitely add JB to my Christmas card list.
    I once asked Doris Day to send a birthday card to a sick friend of mine who was a big fan. He received it, but assumed it was a practical joke...so maybe the Putin one is real ;-)

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    1. Christine -- he is suffering from withdrawal so a Xmas card would be great. I saw the postcard you made him with the hand drawn fire -- that was great.....
      And getting mail from Russia IS pretty great too, isn't it?

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  16. What a beautiful celebration! I feel so very inspired after seeing all this wonderful mail art & your posts, of course, Pamela! JB is lucky to have a daughter-in-law like you.

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    1. Asli -- that is very nice of you to say......thank you.

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  17. Drooling over all the wonderful mail art!!! Great work!

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    1. PRETTY NICE! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY AND COMMENT, KARENANN (oops sorry about the caps). Nice to see your name pop up after such a long time....

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