Friday, September 25, 2009

Fish on! PFF #10


This is another of those covers I sent to my wife while I was in South Vietnam in 1969-70. It shouldn't have made it, since there's no return address on it, and it doesn't follow the rules for the use of the Free Franking privilege.

It's faded - badly.

Marie is doing a hat thing and stinky cheese, and all I could find was some old fish.

13 comments:

  1. That is one neat envelope design. Mine were never so elaborate as this one. You should be proud of it. I will have a letter or two to show on one of my blogs this weekend.

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  2. You're posts are always such a delightful surprise. What's written in the design? Box 36?.. Happy PFF!

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  3. wow..Marie, you got it as I did. Box 36 I think. It is cute one.

    You Got A Posty
    All Little Things I Like

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  4. I love your fish cover. The fish, lettering, and peace sign background are all great.

    I looked up Kremlin, Montana. The 2000 population was 126 and they still have a post office.

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  5. That is one *peace* of fish.
    ;-)

    Love it.....

    Have a beautiful weekend

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  6. Good work even if it has faded. MB

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  7. Beautiful envelope, with all those peace signs. The fading makes it even more special.

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  8. Exquisite. Wow---what a lovely gift--and the fading only adds to its charm.

    Happy PFF!

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  9. Wow. that is so cool. Great graphics! And I like the peace signs too.

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  10. I returned to answer your questions. I was here before. So another comment on the art isn't really necessary this time. LOL

    Anyway...I left this comment under your comment on my letter to Esmé and her name done with watercolour:

    "The variegated color in her name is in watercolor done with a brush and the strokes are wet and the additional color is applied and allowed to bleed into the former stroke. I used to do these letter with 4 inch wide brushes on watercolor paper. Very striking indeed. It is suppose to be an "egu" mark for an "a" sound which she insisted on pronouncing her name Es-mae or Es-may. Without the mark the name is mispronounced. She was from England and he was from Quebec. They both died in Victoria. Ashes scattered in the sea they both loved so well. Wildlife on the island lost one of their greatest friends when they passed."

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  11. Well, this will blow your mind. You said you are using PVA for gilding or raised letters. I was the person who first introduced that. We had a mail order business and I had used it for several years on commercial pieces I gilded for trucking companies and we sold it as "Calligrafree Gold Size." I think we got about $5.00 for a little plastic pill box full of the stuff. We bought it by the gallon from a commercial printing supply house. Yep. You might not believe it but it is true.

    We also invented or came out with the Split chisel edged pens and markers that were then made and sold by Speedball. We used a carving tool to cut a "V" notch in markers. Sandford was here (Sharpie) people to see it and had first try but they didn't think it would go over. Speedball did and went with it and they still sell them.

    Those were big, heady, days in our lives. We made a ton of money in handwriting and calligraphy. Not quite a million dollars a year from our home business but it was big time for me and Patty and our five kids.

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  12. I love the fish cover and I think it fits well with the cheese!

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  13. Well, here I am over two years later checking out one of your calligrams. So cool!!

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