Friday, September 7, 2012

Heebee Post #836 - William L. Philyaw - Shawnee, Kansas - USA

 The popular enigmatic mail artist William Philyaw's work often takes on the appearance of a scientific experiment for study and the above report from him is a fine example of his style. I have often imagined William at his art bench - wearing a long lab coat.  Because sometimes, he must feel like a scientist! Nice card!
 Side B of the card features a lightning bolt snozola, some brilliant Russian postage (The Russian government makes exquisite Space postage). Also featured is a - Hey! Sorry folks, Fluxus Girl seems to have made unsolicited visit. She can be a spirited lass and it may be difficult to control the little sprite!
This is such a classic specimen of  Curteich's "C.T. Art-Colortone" printing process at it's finest. This "Big Letter" postcard is circa 1939 and is a joy to behold. Nice one for my vintage linen postcard collection.
The promising envelope that carried everything has some very interesting bygone relics of U.S. Postage. 
For instance, this incredible 1963 Montgomery Blair (20th U.S. Postmaster) Air Mail 15 cent stamp for the "1st International Postal Conference 100th Anniversary" commemorative is just gorgeous. Blair called for the conference to be held in Paris, 1863, and it became the impetus for the Universal Postal Union - a specialized agency of the United Nations.

While I was checking this out, I came across the French commemorative of the same occasion (Union Postale Universelle), also issued 1963. A rather memorable event for the entire world. Thank you William for the great Mail Art (as usual).  Always a grand affair when William visits the 4th Dimension. See you in the mail soon my old friend. Visit William's Mail Art site: Addressee.

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