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Topic: Mail Art ~ Mail as-is with no packaging so the world can see as it travels!  (Read 895 times)
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« on: March 18, 2010 11:31:10 AM »

I've been on a paper crafting/swapping kick since it costs less to mail than a swap package  Smiley And I had the crazy idea that it would be fun to make a piece of art and send it on its way with no packaging, like a postcard. I know there have been similar swaps (postcard swap, post secrets) but I'm not sure if this has ever been done...

Basically everyone would craft a flat piece of art leaving the back blank for attaching the address and stamp(s), then send it.  Cheesy

I looked up the size limits for the USPS, so the art could be anywhere in that range!

http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/101.htm
"Dimensional Standards for Letters
Letter-size mail is:

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Not less than 5 inches long, 3-1/2 inches high, and 0.007-inch thick.
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Not more than 11-1/2 inches long, or more than 6-1/8 inches high, or more than 1/4-inch thick.
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Not more than 3.5 ounces (First-Class Mail letter-size pieces over 3.5 ounces pay flat-size prices).
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Rectangular, with four square corners and parallel opposite sides. Letter-size, card-type mailpieces made of cardstock may have finished corners that do not exceed a radius of 0.125 inch (1/8 inch)."
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010 04:18:10 PM »

Kind of like naked mail, where you mail something without an envelope?
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2010 10:05:01 AM »

I'm surprised there hasnt been more response to this. I'd be interested if this ever got off the ground  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010 07:07:30 AM »

Kind of like naked mail, where you mail something without an envelope?

Never heard of naked mail before... But sounds like what I was thinking of  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2010 09:42:51 AM »

Depending on when this is (I am in 3 swaps at the moment) I would be up for it. It just begs for something small and quilted. There would have to be provisions though for something not making it to its destination, as really you are tempting the gods on this one.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010 08:09:21 PM »

Depending on when this is (I am in 3 swaps at the moment) I would be up for it. It just begs for something small and quilted. There would have to be provisions though for something not making it to its destination, as really you are tempting the gods on this one.

Thats for sure!! But it really is a great idea. I guess thats where insurance would come in? Such a shame we have to worry about things like this though..
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010 07:39:54 AM »

Depending on when this is (I am in 3 swaps at the moment) I would be up for it. It just begs for something small and quilted. There would have to be provisions though for something not making it to its destination, as really you are tempting the gods on this one.

Thats for sure!! But it really is a great idea. I guess thats where insurance would come in? Such a shame we have to worry about things like this though..

I think it'd have to be like the ATC swaps... If it doesn't get to it's new home by X number of weeks then you'd have to re-send. Hopefully it'd be low pressure so re-sending wouldn't be a huge issue.

I was thinking it might be fun to write messages to the postal workers on these. Like "Thanks for delivering me safely!" and decorating it as well Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2010 11:04:52 AM »

Id be interested as it sounds like one I can do while in the process of moving. Or after we start unpacking boxes.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2010 08:32:43 PM »

I'd be really interested in doing something like this!  I collect postcards so it would be nice to get a beautiful handmade card in the mail!! 
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010 06:30:17 AM »

I would be interested in this swap for sure. It sounds cheap, low stress, and involves art which I'm all about Cheesy
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