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Mar 03 2014

Cross-Country Connections: Mail

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Mail.

From me in Minneapolis, Minnesota: 

Closeup of a book of Forever StampsMy last couple of snail mail letters have been very freedom.

From Erin in Takoma Park, Maryland: 

Rusted, art-car style on a ghostbuster-type car. All sorts of junk are affixed to it - bike wheels, metal fencing, small statues.

“I don’t know what CCC is this week, but this is my contribution.” Ummm..heck yeah it is.

From Mom in Hagerstown, Maryland:

A handwritten card displayed next to it's accompanying envelope.How perfect. I just received the first personal letter in years the week of this CCC.

3 comments

  1. 1
    ericblair

    Did you realize that those stamps were actually illegal? Title 4 of the U.S. Code Chapter 1, § 8(i) says:

    “The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown. “

    An exception was made in law for printing a 2007 issue 41¢ stamp, but it that exception was not made general to all postage issues. I can think of few items that are more “…designed for temporary use and discard” than postage stamps.

    Photographer Seth Butler did a photo essay called “Tattered – Investigation of an American Icon” which illustrates the casual ways in which the US flag is routinely desecrated, most often by people who claim to revere it.

    1. 1.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      I did not realize that. Cool information – thanks!

  2. 2
    Trebuchet

    Be sure to do an image search on “Vanadu”. Quite a creation.

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