treats in the mail

Received some beautiful treats in the mail yesterday...

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I wish I could read French. This envelope is from 1879.

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Or German. 1886.

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Chile to Colorado in 1909.

I find most of what I use in my artwork at thrift stores or estate sales, or on my own road trips, but sometimes friends will bring home interesting material from their travels abroad and sometimes stamp dealers I've made connections with online will keep an eye out for material they know I'd appreciate. Sometimes the envelopes are empty and just become that background of a collage... sometimes they have some amazing surprises inside.

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 A letter from Carnegie Hall to a musician/dancer seeking work in 1901... awesome.

I'm not interested in antiques at all... or collecting stamps or anything else (besides, uh, cups... weird) but I love finding these old things and reusing them in my artwork. I like that these long-lost stories find a new life in a way most modern correspondence - emails, text messages, Instagrams - never will.