Art in the Mail

Art in the Mail

Sending a postcard in the mail to friends and family is good way to share a glimpse into a joyous occasion. Adding a personal, artistic touch to the image can even become a way to demonstrate creative talent to art enthusiasts.

Now through August 15, the Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio is accepting submissions for its 2014 Mail-Art Postcard Exhibition. To participate in the exhibition, an individual should send original artwork on a postcard to:

Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio
175 Second St. SE
Bandon, OR 97411

For submission rules and other information, click here.

The exhibition is scheduled to take place on August 27 through November 3.

Valentine Postmark Puts Loveland on World Map

 

Loveland, CO, Postmaster Cindy Kinney shows off the many re-mailing requests received from around the world.

Loveland, CO, Postmaster Cindy Kinney shows off the many re-mailing requests received from around the world.

LOVELAND, CO  –  Continuing a 68-year old tradition, the U.S. Postal Service and Loveland Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to send cards and letters around the world with a coveted “Loveland” special postmark.

A unique design created by a local artist and selected via a competitive contest is stamped on the outside of all Valentine envelopes and re-mailed from the Sweetheart City.

More than 200,000 cards and letters were handled last year, from more than 100 countries and every state in the Union. Since the start of the program in 1947, more than 12 million Valentines have been re-mailed by Loveland. It’s the largest program of its kind in the world.

To have cards and letters re-mailed with the Loveland postmark, properly stamp and address each individual Valentine and put them all in a larger, stamped envelope and mail them to:

Postmaster

Valentine Re-mailing

446 E. 29th St.

Loveland, CO 80538

Deadlines for re-mailing and delivery by Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14:

  • Valentine cards/envelopes destined for re-mailing outside of the U.S. to other countries and international destinations should be in Loveland by February 4
  • Valentine cards/envelopes destined for re-mailing within the U.S. and outside of Colorado should be in Loveland by February 10
  • Valentine cards/envelopes destined for re-mailing within the state of Colorado should be in Loveland by February 11

Colorado residents can also drop off pre-stamped valentine envelopes at King Soopers and City Market stores which have Loveland Valentine Re-mailing boxes, at area Loveland locations with valentine boxes, and in the Red Valentine Mail Boxes located in the lobby at both Loveland Post Offices.

Valentine postmark 2014

Mailing on the Go

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It’s late in the evening. Daylight has drifted away, replaced by the darkness of cold night air. The luxurious comfort of the couch has you in its soft embrace, pampering you after a hard day at work. Nothing can remove you from the relaxing evening you’ve been planning in your mind throughout the entire day – at least not without herculean effort. The light on the television flickers as a birthday scene unfolds on your favorite program. The pleasing event sparks a drift down memory lane, lifting your spirits as you recall some of your most memorable birthday moments with friends and family. That’s when a shrill alarm bell sounds in your head. You snap back to the present and realize that you forgot to pick up a card for your mother’s birthday.

A torrent of options begin to swirl in your mind. Do you remove yourself from your comfort zone to pick up a card this late at night? Perhaps you could leave early in the morning and make a quick stop at the store before going to work. Your thoughts begin to engage in a quiet debate between the two options when the perfect solution unfolds. An app you recently downloaded offers the ideal solution, and you don’t even have to leave the couch to send that special birthday message.

Many new services are available on mobile phones and other portable devices that offer the convenience of digital messaging with the personal touch of receiving a physical card in the mail. The following apps offer both expediency and physical appeal of digital mail hybrid alternatives to people on the go:

Card’s by Apple offers the opportunity to send personalized printed cards using your own photos and messages in the mail through your mobile device. Prices start at $2.99.

Red Stamp has many pre-generated messages and postcard designs available to broadcast special sentiments. Prices start at $1.99.

Postagram transforms a personal photo into a postcard to share special moments in time with others. Prices start at $.99.

Postcard on the Run provides users with the opportunity to not only share photos with others in the form of a postcard sent in the mail, the app can also add a GPS map of your location as well as your digital signature drawn with your finger on a touch screen. Prices start at $2.49.

Postography is a postcard service that uses your personal photos, or any others from its library, and prints them on postcards made from recycled material using vegetable-based inks. Prices start at $1.29.

In a world of increasing digitization, finding a way to transform fleeting electronic messages into something with a lasting impact is becoming easier than ever. Thanks to the expansion of many hybrid mail alternatives sprouting up on mobile devices everywhere, sending a physical message in the mail is as simple as few button presses on a touch screen surface.

Honoring a Musical Genius and Helping Heroes Communicate

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This edition of Your Postal Podcast celebrates the musical genius of Ray Charles and also examines how firefighters battling one of the summer’s biggest blazes were able to send messages to loved ones.

The episode begins with recollections about 17-time Grammy Award winner Charles and his versatility from a Las Vegas performer who makes his living impersonating the legendary singer and pianist.

Next, you’ll hear how an Oregon Postmaster was inspired to help firefighters use postcards to keep in touch with their families across the country. You’ll also hear a brief roundup of the latest postal news and learn how you can enter to win collectible stamp items.

Click here for a copy of the transcript.

Celebrating World Post Day

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World Post Day is coming in less than two weeks. Are you ready?

Traditionally observed every year on October 9, World Post Day was created back in 1969 by the Universal Postal Union as a way to create awareness of the Postal Service, its people, and the impact it has on the lives of citizens around the globe.

To celebrate the day, postal organizations around the world will engage in activities and promotions to increase awareness of the Postal Service and the impact it has on the lives of the world’s population.

For individuals who’d like to join in on the fun, what better way to celebrate than to mail a letter or card to a friend of family member? Besides enjoying a special message, they’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness of the unexpected arrival in the mail, and it might also encourage them to reciprocate.

Mail continues to have a meaningful impact in society, even in a digital age. Besides its tactile and visual appeal, no message creates as much joy, wonder, and intrigue than those lovingly sent and eagerly received in the mail.

To learn more about World Post Day, click here.

Create Unique Postcards through Do-It-Yourself Stamper

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Sending a quick message to someone through the mail is as easy as picking up a postcard, jotting down a brief thought, adding a .33 cent stamp, and dropping it into any mailbox. It’ll not only delight a friend or family member with an unexpected surprise in the mail, the photos on the other side will often depict a special scene or image unique to that moment in time. With the efforts of a small start-up, the power of creating special moments encapsulated in a postcard could soon be in the hands of eager author’s everywhere.

Postcards have been a popular way to send greetings through the mail since the 1800s. Most postcards circulating through the system feature artwork or a photo selected by someone else. The availability of personalized artwork, however, is usually limited. It’s that limitation that the start-up Stampede is hoping to change.

Stampede is a current project on Kickstarter.com, the Internet-based crowdfunding website. The project seeks to create stamps that contain a postcard template that can be applied to the back of photographs, converting them into mailable messages. Made of special, quick-drying ink, the template is designed to conform to Postal Service guidelines for postcards in a compact, easy to use stamper.

While the success of the project has yet to be determined, innovative uses of the mail and mailpiece design are sure to help keep special messages circulating in the mail for years to come.

Grow Green!

Postcards you can plant! Infused with wildflower seeds, these Go Green postcards are an eco-friendly way to keep in touch and share the go green message. Set includes four 5 x 7-inch postcards and four randomly-selected Go Green (Forever®) stamps. Planting instructions are printed on each postcard.

Click here to pick up a set today!

What other seeds would you like to see infused into postcards? Comment here.

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