Finally, here it is: the last installment in the “Twelve Days of Mail Art” series. I know, I know: it’s been a l-o-o-o-n-g time comin’, this particular post. I appreciate your patience, your fortitude, your “stick-to-it-tive-ness” as my parents often call it. And so — to thank and reward you, wonderful RLD readers! – how would everyone feel about a contest/giveaway?
That’s what I thought!
Here’s the deal: your mission (the “contest”, if you will…) is to guess/estimate how much money I spent this last year on postage.
You are free to draw your own conclusions and throw your hat into the ring; after all, I’m sure that all of you can offer up a wide variety of sophisticated and educated guesses. When you leave a comment below, you’ll be in the running for this fantastic collection of mail art/postal themed goodies:
–one of my favorite types of disposable Daiso fountain pens (includes an additional cartridge)
–an adorable airmail themed stationery set (also from Daiso)
–a strip of “To Get a Letter, Write a Letter” artistamps
–one copy of “The E-mail Interview With Guy Bleus”; this zine is a transcript of an email conversation that took place in the mid-90’s between mail artists Guy Bleus and Ruud Janssen (of the IUOMA). A fascinating snapshot of the mail art Network at that time.
and last, but not least:
–one copy of the pulp classic “The Forth Postman” (I haven’t actually read it yet, but managed to find two copies at two different used bookstores; I couldn’t pass up either one…)
(one individual will receive all items pictured below)
All you need to do is post a comment below, estimating how much you think I spent on postage last year (2010) – please round to the nearest dollar. The reader who gets the closest (or the exact amount – oh my!) will win the goodies pictured above.
Keep in mind — I’m defining postage in the following way: all letters, mail, and parcels sent to foreign countries, as well as across the country or across town. Sometimes I use tracking numbers and insurance, sometimes I don’t. I will only be counting USPS postage; FedEx/UPS will not figure into my grand total.
How will I be getting this number, where will it come from? Well, because I keep absolutely every receipt for tax purposes, I end up counting all of my USPS register receipts when I put together my taxes. That’s where the inspiration for this contest came from, and it’s something I try to do every year.
So there you have it, passionate postal people. I leave you to your calculations and wonderings! The contest is open as of now, and will close tomorrow (03.22.11) at 10:00am, PST. I will announce the winner in my next blog post.
Good luck to all!