Wednesday, January 27, 2010

curio

When I was madly opening boxes trying to find my tintypes, I came upon this postcard. It had been in with my mom's collection of ephemera. It was made from cigarillo or cigar wrappers. The original wrappers are collaged on here. Thought it quite amazing.

On the back it says "Dear Postal Friend, have you made any of these cards. I am making a few. Thought I would send you one. Hope you like it. Would you like to joint the Jolly ??? Postal club. it is one dollar to join it. I have joined it. If you think you would I will send you a slip that you can make out then send it back to me. Sincerely, your postal friend..."

I finally did find the tintypes. I had packed them with my art supplies all of which are outside in the shed. I hadn't looked there as I really thought I'd packed them in the boxes labeled "bedroom." Not that it was all that important. But when almost everything you own is packed in boxes sometimes you get crazy about finding a particular thing.

20 comments:

m. heart said...

The message on the back of the postcard reminds me of the art we share blogging - especially the traveling sketchbooks you work on!

Hilarywho said...

Wow. What a unique item. Did your mom join the jolly postal club?

"Bedroom" probably isn't a very specific label for a box. Unless it actually contains a bedroom!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This brings back memories of collecting these cigar rings when I was little. A wonderful postcard.

kikipotamus said...

Wow, that means that penpals (blog pals, etc.) have been doing things like ATCs for a very long time. That collage is super cool. It reminds me of Tramp Art, which I adore. This postcard might be quite collectible. One day I will see you on the Antiques Road Show, maybe?

Teri C said...

That is an amazing postcard with all those cigar bands. Remember when we wore them for rings?

sukipoet said...

Hilary Who, I must just respond to my box labels, which mostly are excellent. Bedroom just denotes which room for the future movers to put the box in. I also have more specific labels as to the contents. Re: tintypes I thought I might have put them in without an extra designating label though. However, eventually I saw on the "art" box "tintypes". I've been moving for five years, unable to find a place to settle so my boxes started out at least w/excellent labels though some have been unpacked and repacked and the labels get muddled.

sukipoet said...

I'd love to be on the antiques road show, probably the only tv show I adore.

I think this post card was proabably from Mom's youth but not sure. There is no date on it. I think she got it from one of my great aunts.

~Babs said...

like Teri, I remember cigar bands as rings.
Wonderful thinking that even then there was 'mail art'.
I'm with you,,,always enjoy the Antiques Road Show,,,but don't make a point of watching, just catch it now and then.

Julie said...

What a really awesome postcard!!!

willow said...

Neat postcard, Suki. I hope you show us your tin types!

Mary said...

how cool is that? i have some things like that from my grandmother that they obviously did in some sort of round robin and postcards.

and believe me, i know how things get labeled, mislabeled and moved around...

Lynn said...

What a wonderful find, that post card. Perfect for our next postcard exchange! LOL

Finding things, remembering where they are, oy, how i understand this one. Just after cleaning up my studio I already have forgotten where I ORGANIZED X Y and Z.

Your winter banner is beautiful but it give me the chills. We actually had a sunny spring like day here to day.

Irene said...

What a treasure you have found, not to mention what you were looking for, isn't it fun to do that.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Love the post card. wow a dollar to join and it was years and years ago? That must have cost a lot then. what a fun find. glad you found your tintypes.

studio lolo said...

aaaaagggghhh!! I knew I forgot someone important!
Suki, Caroline and I are thinking of having a mail art exchange and we're just in the beginning stages of forming it.
Let me find my original email and forward it to you.
You would make such amazing mail art. Oh my goodness, how could you have slipped through?

Stay tuned my friend ;)

XX
Lolo

layers said...

It seems I spend a LOT of time looking for something or other-- whether they are in boxes or not-- I put things away and then I forget where I put them-- glad you found the tintypes

parisdreamtime said...

Wow, fun postcard, it's so decorative! I don't understand anything about postal clubs and how to join them:) but that's a precious card:)
love
Andrea

Marion said...

What an amazing card...I think I recognize a part of it, hee hee!

Your craft box arrived yesterday and I have been so excited. Such treasures, Suki, thank you so much! I have already begun crafting...something...I'm not really sure what it is yet, lol! One of the collages I intend to make will make use of the birch bark and feathers...can't wait to begin that one!

I'm not sure if the collages will be very good, as this is my first one, ever! But it is surely a lot of fun. Thank you again!

xoxo Marion

sukipoet said...

Marion, glad you got the box. It took me a month of puttering to put it together. Have fun!

marianne said...

I Love that postcard! Cigar wraps and boxes is really something from my youth...... gives me a sentimental feeling.
Everything in boxes..... I wouldn't like that!
Go and buy yourself that dreamhome girl!

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