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welcome to the International Union of Mail-Artists. This Blog gives you information and links to all activities undertaken by Ruud Janssen, who started with Mail-Art in 1980 and is still active. Since 1970 working with computers too, so you can acces large amounts of data....

Mail-Interview with Guy Bleus by Ruud Janssen

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Because someone in the USA wanted a signed copy of the mail-interview I did with Guy Bleus, published by the Stickerdude in New York, I arranged a sending in which also Guy and I would have a signed edition of the finished booklet. Guy stamped the envelope and also placed some delightful rubberstamps on the backside:

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The booklet inside looks like this:

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Mail to Jennifer Tobias – USA

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An envelope to the Moma for Jennifer Tobias. After scanning and sending I doscoverd that the postage stamps were missing. The artistamps were on it, but there is place for the original postage too…..

I will see if the envelope goes through or not. Actually an interesting experiment. I included an experimental letter as well for Jennifer. Will see if it reaches her and how she reacts:

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Artistamps info: A.J.’s Encyclopedia of Stamps and Philatelic Links

Through the mail I got information that A.J. Ward with his A.J.’s Encyclopedia of Stamps and Philatelic Links, is building a huge website (see: http://www.geocities.ws/stamplink/stamps/links.htm) where you can find all kind of information on Artistamps. I had a look and was amazed on the richness of this place. So many things you will find there when you are interested in Artistamps and related stories. He also integrated the Jas. W. Felter website which went offline; have a look at:

http://www.geocities.ws/stamplink/JCM/library/idac/idac_art.html

A valuable website and link, and a lot of work behind that too!

Mail to Ryosuke Cohen – Japan

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To keep the flow going I send Ryosuke Cohen an enveloppe every two weeks. That way the Brain Cells as a reply do come in. I am currious if he reaches the 1000th issue. That is only a few years away, but a year in mail-art is a costly one with the current postal rates.

On the envelope I use an artistamp that Mars Tokyo sent me. They were for the 25 years celebration of the IUOMA. I am using them on my outgoing mail. Seems more fitting then just archive the complete sheet in the collection. With this passing on more people will see it. With archiving you are never sure if someone will ever look through the archive. That problem is there. Some major archives of mail-art are now in museums, but only researchers will go through them. They will hardly get to any public place where others can see it.

IUOMA logo by Thomas Kerr and Joel Cohen – USA

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Drawing by Thomas Kerr and Joel Cohen, Stickers produced by the The Stickerdude (Joel Cohen), both from USA. As a support for the IUOMA the logo and artistampos design was made. Thousands of stickers were produced and distributed in several colours. There were even rubberstamps made out of this logo. Therefore one of the most know logo’s of the International Union of Mail-Artists.

Als the artistamps contains the basic principle of the IUOMA. If you apply to become a member, you automatically are a member. The union itself is a conceptual artwork that in real live is a growing collection of members who feel part of the IUOMA. All started in 1988, and in 2013 we celebrated the 25 years.

ICOAMP

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The ICOAMP was one of those fluxus words that didn’t catch on. It was the time of the ‘Mad Cow desease’, where lots of cows were killed because they had the desease. This organisation was there to protect the cows against the mad people.