Author: Jayne B. Lyons
It's awfully annoying to get mail that's been butchered by the postal service - especially a piece of mail art.
Well, you know what they say, "Sh*t Happens!" Yes, it does happen, but you can't help thinking about the time and care that went into making the mail art.
Here in the good old U.S. of A, the postal service places damaged mail into a plastic bag. Printed on the bag is the USPS's apology and regret for damaging your mail.
"Dear Postal Customer,
We sincerely regret the damage to your mail during the handling by the Postal Service. We hope this incident did not inconvenience you. We realize that your mail is important to you and that you have every right to expect it to be delivered in good condition."
In early February the very first piece of mail art from Petrolpetal (South Africa) showed up in my p.o. box. Much to my dismay, it arrived damaged.
The portion that survived looks interesting. I wonder if Petropetal took photographs before mailing it.
Many thanks to Petrolpetal for sending me art. I appreciate the time you took to make something for me.
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Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.