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Friday, August 15, 2014

Does the Postman Ring Twice? Postal Books You Just Might Like!

This little book looks like it was much loved. And, I love it too. I recently came across it in an antique shop where I also found a tiny mail box bank.
The guy just threw this book in for free!
Sometimes you get lucky.

A good example why you shouldn't use tape that isn't acid free.

I am just loving these drawings of post men. So charming. And, since the book is falling apart anyway, I don't feel too bad about tearing out the pages to use for art purposes....

Did you know this?

I hope he stops at my mail box.

Here is another charming book about mail. A pal gifted this one to me -- a find at Scrap. 

There is some fun stuff in this one -- a section of The Language of Stamps and
another few pages of US Postal Service stamps featuring the US Postal Service!

I have long thought we should resurrect The Language of Stamps.
Anyone agree?

Love this one. Is she licking it? Sealing it? Smelling it? I don't know but I like it.

An American Postal Portrait
A Photographic Legacy -- produced by the United States Postal Service
I found this book cheap on Amazon and took a chance on buying it. If you are a postal nerd (who, me?), I"d say it is nice to have in your collection. Lots of photos, some vintage and semi-vintage and some interesting stuff.

The book from the fabulous Ex Postal Facto event and show. These are photos of the mail art shown at the SF Center for the Book -- an inspiring collection of mail art.
A sample page of deliciousness....
Contact the SF Center for the Book if you are interested in getting a copy of your own.

Good Mail Day
by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler
I have mentioned this book many times but I am finding some folks still don't know about it --gasp!
If you don't have it, and you like mail art, you've got to get it.
That's all I can say.

Page after page after page of great stuff.
No, it doesn't come autographed -- I am just lucky enough to know Jennie and Carolee and  almost all the folks who created the book and the mail artists who contributed.
Kind of like a mail art yearbook?

This post started out to be about the two vintage books I had but (like all my art projects) it evolved and I included a couple of contemporary books too to round things out.
And, why not?

So, keep your eye out for some of those old books next time you pass a garage sale or library book sale and you know where to get the other, newer books if you want to.

Now I'm going to go read........and maybe tear that little Mr Postman book up........

Send Good Mail --- Get Good Mail

Am I missing any good books? Postal? Artistamp? Please let me know in the comments if you know of any others.
I'm sure we'd all like to know!


  1. I love Good Mail Day! It is a book I can keep going through again and again, never get bored of it. But now I am envious of your copy!

    1. TomoyoHime -- if you visit San Francisco sometime you can bring the book and get it autographed! It is a terrific book, I agree!

  2. Oh how charming are those illustrations. Great find. xox

    1. Corrine...charming...I agree....and I am going to find some fun things to do with them too. xo

  3. I guess the current day banks copied Paris and Berlin with the "pneumatic" tubes!

  4. Cool vintage books! I would have bought them too!

  5. Oh my, I know about your excitement in finding little treasure postal books. I've found several similar to yours, but I can't bear to tear them up!! Do you keep all of your original little pictures and just make copies of them when you make such things as zines? Or do you use the originals in making such things like zines, keep those original creations and send out copies of them?? Or do you indeed use your originals in your artsy stuff and simply send them out in their original forms???

    1. Happy Mail Day -- I don't usually tear up books unless I have multiple copies or they are seriously falling apart. For the zines, I use originals to make the master copy of the zine that is then photo-copied. I try to lightly tape the originals in the first zine so I can remove them if I want to (but that doesn't always work). I tend to use originals in my collages etc -- I don't really like copies. I would never tear up a great book that was in really good condition. But The Postman book is really falling apart and has that bad tape stuck in it that is discolored....and I figure I will get a lot of mileage out of all those great pages/images -- AND -- I can use the front and back covers to make into a book!

  6. Ooh, I have the rubber stamp of the lady writing a letter- the B/W photo. Nice books and photos, Pamela!

    1. You do? I haven't seen that as a rubber stamp, Vizma. Glad you enjoyed the post, my friend.

  7. I really love the illustrations from The Postman...what a wonderful find! And I agree that Good Mail Day is a must-have for anyone even remotely intrigued by interesting mail. Love it!

    1. Yes -- Good Mail day is the BEST! And I love that old book too, Andria. I am thinking of projects to do with the pages...



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