The Provo Museum of Mail Art

This is to announce the opening of the Provo Museum of Mail Art.

Submissions via snail mail in all media will be accepted and displayed at the Museum on a rotating basis. There are no entry fees. Multiple entries are encouraged. No electronic submissions are being accepted at this time.

All submissions become the property of the Provo Museum of Mail Art, and will be indexed and kept on file and accessible to the public.

Contributing artists are encouraged to include a brief biographical sketch if possible to display along with your work.

A catalog of all work submitted will be posted online at a date to be announced in 2016.

A new mail art subject will be announced on a monthly basis.

For the month of January, 2016, the subject is “Wherever you go, there you are.”  

Please send your mail art to:

Tim Torkildson

650 West  100 North  #115

Provo Utah  84601   USA

Tours of the Museum are by appointment only. To request a tour or for general inquiries please email the Museum at:  torkythai911@gmail.com.  Please put “Provo Museum” in your subject heading.

Mail Art-Japan 2 (2)

The green flesh eaters.

The venus flytrap is a plant that Mother Nature made

I think when all her kindly wits had indubitably strayed.

Its gaping maw; its blood-red lips; its spikes malignant wait

for a fly or beetle to come in and meet its fate.

And pitcher plants that drown a bug or feast on dung of bat

are really not the type of thing you want inside your flat.

The fact is, I am nervous when too many plants intrude —

because I get the feeling they consider me as food.

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Airline Price Gouging Investigated by Transportation Department

(Washington. July 24. 2015.)

The Transportation Department has decided to investigate alleged price gouging by 5 airlines after an Amtrak derailment in May, the second time recently that the Transportation Department has looked into the industry’s competitive practices.

The investigation is looking at the five biggest U.S. airlines: American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and JetBlueAirways Corp.  The time period involved is immediately following the derailment in a Philadelphia suburb on May 12, which killed 8 persons and disrupted train service for several days along the bustling Northeast corridor. The Transportation Department will be looking into the prices on airfares in the Northeast corridor.

Secretary Anthony Foxx of the Transportation Department is quoted as saying they have authority to look into unfair trade practices by airlines, and to put a stop to any illegal price gouging.

(Wall Street Journal)

AND SO TO VERSE:

The Wright Brothers decided long before old Kitty Hawk

that they would gouge their customers, or leave ’em all to walk.

And so today the airlines carry on this fine tradition.

At finesseing customers, each one’s a great tactition. 

They do not fly with angel’s wings; on that I’ll lay good odds.

Whene’er I buy a ticket now I think they’re fiendish frauds!

biplane

 

 

How to Write an Effective Cover Letter.

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(Editor’s note:  This is an example of a standard cover letter that should get you in the door for your first mental examination.  Good luck!)

Dear Sir/Madame;

Here is the cover letter you requested in your job posting.

I will keep it as short, plain and simple as possible.  I was once an assistant supervisor and was stuck with reading dozens of these things on a rainy afternoon; they about drove me up a Jefferies Tube.

Although there are scads of books and websites that cover how to write an effective cover letter, the basic premise of the cover letter itself still eludes me.  Should it be a broadside, a panegyric, or a fairy tale?  I applied for a job on a newspaper once, and the editor, in turning me down, said “I loved your cover letter, but hated your resume.”  I am still trying to figure that one out . . .

My best guess is that you want me to lay some 30-second power statements on you, all bulleted and bristling with percentages and numbers.  So here are a couple of my patented escalator (elevator?) speeches, all bulleted and ready for market.  Prepare to be dazzled!  My resume will follow shortly, as soon as I look up the new telephone number of my probation officer . . .

  • I am a born raconteur. By Federal law, your company needs to have at least six raconteurs on the premises at all times.  I belong to the Raconteur’s Union, have my raconteur license, and at my last job I raconteured so much that they made my supervisor the Pope of Mars.  How do you like THEM apples?
  • I have absolutely no attention to detail. You think this is a weakness, a fault?  Not at all.  I only look at the BIG PICTURE, and leave all the details to the peons like janitors, accountants and body guards.  I once increased the sales in my department by 44% simply by fibbing about the product line.  Customers believed me and bought the product like crazy; when they discovered it didn’t do half of what I said it would, only 22% bothered to return it or complain.  That is a clear gain of 22%, no matter how you look at it!
  • My team spirit is such that if you, as my employer, were to ask me to jump off a cliff, I, as a team player, would say “Are you out of your cotton-pickin’ mind?” After all, I couldn’t let my TEAM down by suddenly being smooshed, could I?
  • I have never been more than 2 hours late to work in my entire life. I pride myself on being punctual, yet lenient with myself.  Someday I might even buy a watch.  I hear Timex has some good ones for around $12.00.  I will save your company approximately oodles of money by being late, because, let’s face it, the less time I spend in the office the less harm I can do.
  • Your company cannot survive without me. I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you, but I am the only person on earth who possess the exact superpowers your organization needs right at this moment to avoid intergalactic calamity!  And don’t spare the Kryptonite!

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Mail Art Call Submissions. The Four Freedoms.

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We are receiving submissions for our recent Mail Art Call on the Four Freedoms.  We are posting them here, and in case you missed our original article, we’ve reposted it below:

This is an open call for mail art celebrating and memorializing the Four Freedoms, as articulated by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941 in his State of the Union address:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear

All submissions will be scanned and displayed permanently on our website.

No nudity or profanity

All submissions become the property of i write the bloggs website.

Mail to:  Nathan Timothy.  854 N 1375 W, Provo, Utah, 84604-3049  USA

Please pass this Mail Art Call on to other artists!

 

Carl G. Mueller
Carl G. Mueller

 

Jaromir Svozilik.  Norway.
Jaromir Svozilik. Norway.

 

Andre Pace.
Andre Pace.

 

Celestino Neto.  Brazil.
Celestino Neto. Brazil.

 

Connie Jean.  Cocoa Beach, Florida.  USA.
Connie Jean. Cocoa Beach, Florida. USA.

 

Andrea Jay.   Staten Island, New York.  USA.
Andrea Jay.
Staten Island, New York. USA.

 

Petrol Petal. South Africa.
Petrol Petal.
South Africa.

 

Robert Ridley-Shackleton. United Kingdom.
Robert Ridley-Shackleton.
United Kingdom.

 

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Mail Art-Japan 1 (2)

 

Mail Art-Italy 1 (2) Mail Art-Italy 2 (2)

Mail Art Call: The Four Freedoms

He spearheaded the Four Freedoms.
He spearheaded the Four Freedoms.

This is an open call for mail art celebrating and memorializing the Four Freedoms, as articulated by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941 in his State of the Union address:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear

All submissions will be scanned and displayed permanently on the website http://iwritetheblogggs.wordpress.com/

If you include information/explanations about your work it will be printed verbatim.

No nudity or profanity

All submissions become the property of i write the bloggs website.

Mail to:  Tim Torkildson.  854 N 1375 W, Provo, Utah, 84604-3049  USA

Please pass this Mail Art Call on to other artists!