Through the magic of an Instagram tag by L.W.A. member Emily, I learned about this exhibit of mail art at the San Francisco Public Library. The Book Arts & Special Collections Center is pleased to present the exhibition "Letters To Myself: The Calligraphic First Day Covers of Alan A. Blackman." In the Jewett Gallery, Lower Level, Main Library, 26 July through 11 October 2015.
The Social Correspondence blog has more:
"Through his work in the postal service, Blackman became familiar with “first day covers,” letters affixed with a stamp on its first day of release and mailed from the city from which the stamp originated. Each such letter is stamped with the cancellation FIRST DAY OF ISSUE, as well as the date and city of origin.
For every letter that Blackman sent to his son, he sent a similar one to himself. Using the stamp design as a starting point, he hand-addressed the letter in beautifully colored calligraphic design, each cover compatible or related to the design of the stamp. Over the years, his calligraphic envelopes became more elaborate and theme oriented."
I do hope some of you take advantage of the exhibit. Clearly, we need to move to San Francisco. Or be more active in setting up mail art exhibits and functions. Both of those statements seem like a lot of work. For now, back to letter writing!