Postcard Archive

These are all the postcards archived on Art Goes Postal, in the order that they were archived.
                   
Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

dear bonnie + marshall: nothing is new here. none of my goddamn cars run. tony [Godec] is still sick. but i busted my ass and got my grad school applic. in. keep yr. fingers crossed. i got a sears credit card. whoopee. they don't sell liquor. i will forward a big box of stuff. some day. life sure can be a bun wad sometimes. Mark.

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Marshall: Forgot 1) Am still interested in you and Mark [Mayer] doing a presentation—soon?Feb. would be good. Ken will be gone @ end of Feb. for a couple of days. Later M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Kiddies: Not this time... Lotsa stuff popping (although nothing big to notate, only that I no longer have the use of Beth's truck, nor Beth,—catch my drift?). I hope I can make it down in May sometime. My life runs at a casual pace approximating land speed records. M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

M+B: Did you know that Maxwell's expanded? Back room... B—Never did receive anything about that (fantastically surreal) union you spoke of on the phone; M—Recognize the rear on the reverse of this card? I hate 100º weather, still can't go nuts over the beach. Dealing w/ school makes me cranky. I resent not having money—though it's because of where I am; I wouldn't care if this place were pleasant. Living here instills a desire for power, which I'm not sure of the value of. Oh well, later M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Am coming to L.A. with a T.A.! Got word today! Will mail you info tommorrow, Marshall. Yahoo! M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

B+M: Sounds good about coming up; on Wed. (if you are here yet) am showing video + B+W work in my studio, 1:30-4:30. I think I might be going out of town (camping) late Thurs [if you come that late in week]. Otherwise, am home all day Tues, Wed until noon, Thurs til 11. If you get a chance, would appreciate ya picking up a Kodak tray siphon (Beth needs one). Pay ya back on arrival. Thanks, M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

1 more week of bust-ass, and then I sink into normal 40 hr... Will then arrange to come down with Marianne (whose legs grace the reverse). Send me all the publications you've been in (books, magazines, show catalogs, etc) + date of birth and I'll get you in a book coming out, listing contemporary photographers Later (it's so nice to be madly in love...!)

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

dear kids: i forgot to tell you on the last postcard that connie (the girl who mixed up our pics in leviathan) wants to buy yr. photographs any prices? they did a second operation on tony [Godec] and he seems to be ok. but i shit in my pants when i heard that it can take up to a year for one to recover from this kind of thing. pray for miracles. otherwise nothing is new. my diet is bad, i fart a lot. no burping, though. later, mark

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, I hope this made it in one piece. This is part of what I sent to the Ferguson grant—it is one of only two prints that were really good. Stains again. Sometimes I don't know. (I'm watching Mary Hartman, etc.—the most depressing show ever conceived.) I think I'm going to Colorado Springs for the 4th though I could think of a dozen places or people I'd rather be with— all of which are highly improbable.—I finally got all moved—I really can't wait to move to Seattle—no kidding a place of my own again. I'm buying a bumper so I can hitch a trailer. Exciting, huh? Let me know what you're up to. Love, Marshall

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

B+M: What fun! Little snow, little playing, lotsa food, no cares. Remind me to retire @ age 35, after I have amassed a great fortune, and to spend a part of my winter in the snow. Photographically, well—it's the midwest. I suppose that's life. M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Hey kiddies,—How was the trip? How's school? We's gonna have to get together one of these weekends—yr. place or mine? Lemme know when ya get a phone. My #: [redacted]. Ta Dee La, Later Mark Marsh: Something just came up where I must talk to you about conceptual photo. Will be down next Friday unless I hear from you to the contrary. Will see you then. M (It's for a damn grad seminar class)

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Hey kids—Sorry to hear about the nose dive the Mazda took......I still haven't gotten the flashes, have been on the rep's butt, MUCH about it. Never did get around to sending you notice of yr. share of phone calls that came in on the Feb. bill. Twas only 4, 5, 6 bucks worth. This is what I want you to do about it: go out + buy a GOOD bottle of champagne and celebrate my coming out in Sept! Got "unnofficial" OK on the TA @ USC! YAHOO! M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Saint Louis is hectic and continually drizzly. As fas as what's happening photographically, it's all (grass) roots, about six feet under. After all, this is the heart of the midwest. The [Sam] Wagstaff show wasn't that interesting. M

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, This is the postcard I was looking for. It's even done by Scott [McLeod]. I can't believe how much my life has changed. It all comes home now that you're gone. Besides pining alot I'm printing all night tonight—incredibly good stuff so far. And I made really good food today. So all is well. But I miss you alot so hurry back. Love, Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Bonnie, We missed the rain down south but have been driving through it in the Sierras. A dry but nearly sleepless night. Tape machine busted, charged a new one. M2 shutter clogged but fixed. Some REALLY terrific meals and conversations. June Lake doesn't have a breakfast house. Clutch OK. These mountains aren't the Sierras—North Cascades. Love xoxoxo Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, These structures are big out here but can't tell what the charcoal is for. A long day yesterday through Nevada + beautiful country. Slept VERY well last night. Today through UTAH and into Colo. Nevada is a LOST state—not a single good restaurant there. love + kisses + snorts Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Friday Dear Bonnie, Guess where we are!—Spent last night in RMNP after another good day of driving but no good food. Just found Gary [Metz] and will spend the night there. Have to do some minor work on the car. High altitude blues. Should be in DM tomorrow night. Not getting too much research done cause we're pretty tired. Planning on a cheeseburger at Tom's and breakfast at Dotties Diner. I'll call soon. Marshall x0x0x0 P.S. Gary is as interesting as ever.

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, I meant to get this in the mail yesterday so I might be home already! Tired of driving so we're speeding home—in Albuquerque this morning at the Little House Cafe. The two who run it are married and have been here for 29 years. SOOO romantic. My hobo-in'days are over—I'll be glad to be home. Love, Marshall xoxoxo

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie—I couldn't go back to sleep this morning so I was on the road at 9:30 and drove 600 miles. 115º in Needles. Truck + cargo OK. Thundershowers in Big Bear. Jack [Allen] gave me $200 traveling money so I'm in a motel tonight. I'm watching TV. Needles was the hot spot in the nation. Ugh! Traveling alone ain't easy. No pictures yet. Found a hiway diner in Williams. Stayin tomorrow night in Mesa Verde. xoxo Love Marshall

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Ideas, or the lack of them, can cause disease. K.V. (ain't THAT the truth)

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

No "e" mail yet (real men send post cards) Cold enough there? M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Marsh + Bonnie: Sounds good, will be expecting you for a *gala* time on the town. If you (Marshall) could do me a favor, would greatly appreciate. Bring any and all literature pertaining to conceptual photog, especially pictures [photography + language, Dumb Ox, some of yr. work]. I have to shoot slides next week for a presentation on Friday Thanks M (+Boy, do I have surprises for you!—No couch yet, sooo it's the carpeted floor + pads) Opposite: [Michael] Ballou as the Fonz

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Marsh baby—The word is go on you and Mark [Mayer] giving a talk, though it would be end of the semester [Dec/Jan]. Probably could finalize (or better generalize) dates in about a month. Bonnie— How the kittens? Hows teaching? How's Trixie? (Who's Trixie?) Later, M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Marshall + Bonnie: This may be one of the last times I drive this baby—fella comin' tonight + is real interested. Will be in L.A. 'round Aug 8. Will be flying out around the 17th, return approx. the 24th. Hotcha! Also, keep yr. eyes open for a Burke + James old Army panorama camera—would very much like to grab onto one. Keep your shorts dry + your barbecue hot. M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (1 of 5) Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (1 of 5)

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (1 of 5)

Marshall—Twas an interesting discussion we had in the wee hours that night, and I've had some thoughts on the same general subject since then, which I though I'd confer to you + solicit some feedback. I would...

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (2 of 5) Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (2 of 5)

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (2 of 5)

...not mind re-iteration of some pts, lost for my own records: i.e. discussion of snapshots done in the Aperture issue of the same name, historical perspective, what is a snapshot, etc. Even "What is art", what is an artist trying to accomplish by doing art, yr. ideas on what value art has, and where, etc, etc, etc....

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (3 of 5) Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (3 of 5)

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (3 of 5)

...One idea which evolved in thinking about yr. proposal to accept much of what is labeled "snapshots" these days, as such was that it seems to me that the snapshot was always "calculated" in its observant quality, as pointed by the one who took it. This seems an inherent part of its documentation of the family unit/experience. Does it matter then if the intent is to record, or personal,...

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (4 of 5) Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (4 of 5)

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (4 of 5)

...or to "do art" [in the "mode" of a "modern academy"]. Is it just not an evolution of the education of photographers to [unconsciously?] include + incorporate into their quickly made images, elements of design + timing which challenge the more traditional concepts of "record the kids in the center of the frame when they look their best"...

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (5 of 5) Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (5 of 5)

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (5 of 5)

...Anyway, so much for the ontology of the snapshot. Would still like to see sometime copies of yr. papers fr. UNM (self-portraits, etc.). Mark

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marshall—You old fish face, when are you + Bonnie [Lambert] gonna come up? Next summer??? Send me that stuff!!!!!!!!!!! Sometime in the next two weeks I am going to go crazy + buy color printing materials. Maybe. I wish a had a new car. The Saab sucks again.

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Talked to [Michael] Ballou the other evening—says bring a sweater, the warehouse doesn't rise above 50º-55º, (oughta bring bag + pad too—he doesn't guarantee a human heater). See ya Saturday, Mark

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

the space age concept which revolutionizes printed and/or pictorial communiques....... SCRATCH AND SNIFF now accepting input for the development of this idea.

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

New Year's Eve bash 9 -- ? You know where. RSVP Bring a woman. I still want to hear what we never covered. P.S. Something's come up—call me.

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

How come I never feel like saying anything to you on a postcard, + so I have to fill it up with inane visual chatter?

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Look what happens: months without, then on 2/20/96: "ladpublicart@earthlink.net". Mark

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marshall: Here is a fine meal @ the High Life Bar + Cafe in Pueblo (Magdelena moved from Roy's). Please note the scale. If I can't find anyone to keep animals when I come, can I bring them and leave them w/ you when I go to Boston? If no, say so. Right now we are about to sort for the final show. Much interesting work. Later, and don't take any wooden nukey. M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marsh: 1) Forget video camera avail here. It is a 3/4 inch—so 2) Lets set up exchange of tapes, if only between you + me as a base for a type of dialogue 3) Am still trying to set up performance/presentation 4) Fucking Saab is doing its best to break down 5) When LA bites, it bites hard 6) I think nos 1, 3 + 4 have something to do w/ art. M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

ALL OUR TRIPS ARE DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, BUT "ONE VIEW IS WORTH A THOUSAND PICTURES," SAYS LIN.

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Also: Western Star Motel + T-Bone Cafe, Junction, Texas and (a must!) the Cavern Cafe, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and John Stampers San Antonio

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marshall + Bonnie: An exhibit you have to see is @ the Colo Sprgs FAC./ Rodeo. Best show ever, entire museum, has video, sculpture, painting + photographs (40/50 by Winogrand). Will be up thru 25th, I'm leaving around the 15th* Mark (* and will be back)

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marsh: Probably will arrive on or about Aug 25—Can't really make it sooner because of logistics in getting from Boston to L.A. Might be able to make it a wee bit sooner. [Michael] Ballou and I are dynamite in volleyball as the human wall and the ten foot spike. Got some dynamite stuff to show you when I get out. Am finally getting some stuff I like.

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marshall—Thanks for yr. thought-provoking comments on my writing, I need as much feedback as I can get concerning it. Would you be interested in doing a joint piece of writing? Maybe we can plan a get together Fri nite or Sat morning before shindig @ BC Space Dec 9? I never did hear how Joshua Tree was.....or the outcome of the engine that expired.....Went up to the Sierras last week, but got snowed out premature to the planned end of the trip. First time up to 11,000 feet since Colorado. Butt-ass cold, too. Gus packed his own food up. cute. M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

It's so nice here! And seemingly so much happening @ ground roots level. 3-4 photo galleries with major (financial) oomph behind 'em. + a commitment @ the art museum. Good place for me to consider post-USC..... M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marsh: If you're still coming up on Friday, would appreciate it if you'd bring up yr. copy of New Topographics.—Bonnie [Lambert], Have a good time in San Fran! M

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

If in the S.W. you must eat @: Western Steak House Durango Colo / Canyonlands Cafe Moab Utah / Desert Queen Cafe Mexican Hat Utah / The Beacon Bar is good in Grand Junction.

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Marshall + Bonnie: E.T.A (estimated time of arrival) is Tuesday night. I will be arriving with full Smell-Orama. Mark

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

I take it y'all are still going to show on Friday.....What plans should I make? Did 'ya iron things out w/ the landlord? Bonnie: Do ya still have baby plants for me? Bring yr. video pc. remember We're ready when you are. M

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Too bad we didn't make it here...A good view to boot. BGL

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Friday Achtoeber 12, 1976 Dearest Marshall, I suppose you already have this card, but here's another. It was wonderful to talk to you. I miss you. I am going to do some photos on the light box—using the slide film + the flash. Just in case I get to learn Cibachrome (+ it looks like I might—in a week or two) I can be ready—how about a 16 x 20 monochrome? Nice huh? love, BGL

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (1 of 3) Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (1 of 3)

Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (1 of 3)

Dear Marshall, Well, in terms of getting famous, nothing has happened. OK Harris only deals with "cold + dispassionate realism," my pics are "too mystical." Light Gallery is putting me off because V. [Victor] Schraeger is just back in town from Europe; but I will persist. I will take the stuff to the Modern today, + have a lunch date with the guy at Castelli Graphics—he used to be at Light, + is as friend of Peter's [Galassi]. Shuck + jive. Spent yesterday lugging my prints around Soho...

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (2 of 3) Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (2 of 3)

Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (2 of 3)

6.30.76 continued and then just wandered around little Italy trying to resist the pastry shops (I didn't, I finally stopped at the Palermo Cafe + indulged my over-active sweet tooth.) This trip was/is very good for dispelling all sorts of emotional-romantic ties with Peter [Galassi]. Will explain more when I see you, which is too far away. xoxoxo Bonnie

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (3 of 3) Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (3 of 3)

Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer (3 of 3)

later the same day. found this + a few other treasures for you on my walk home. It is very hot here + of course, wet. I am really getting into iced coffee—I'm having my 3rd glass for today. Saw a show of Japanese kimono—exquisite things. One took a year to tie (for the tie-dye) + a year to untie. Now that is art! Wish you were here with me. [heart] BGL

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

7.2.76 This is the cold eye of disbelief + this is where I am now. I'm at Light Gallery + Victor [Schraeger] is late, + I'm getting depressed 'cause I got your nice card, but it was sooo laconic + far away, + I stayed in bed too long or not long enough, + then when I did go out the wind was blowing real hard. later, having talked with Victor, I feel like I chocked [sic] on the Cracker Jack prize. Oh well, maybe I'll get over it after I eat my swiss cheese sandwich. love, Bonnie

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Tue. pm Dear MM—The 1st day at work wasn't TOO bad. I made a few mistakes on the cash register/computer. How was your 1st day? Hope you are keeping your temper under control. Please check for mail on Fri. because no key to get in on Sunday. xoxoxoxoxo B.

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marsh, Does this remind you of something? Bottoms up! Mark

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marsh, Is Gregg [Lambert] like this? Wesley [Mayer] is starting. Lots of years of fun ahead! Happy Birthday! Bro Mark

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marsh, Put this jewell [sic] in your collection! Mark

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marsh, Check this out! Oh the good times! Mark P.S. That's Mom's toaster!

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marshall, Sorry I left so quick. I wanted to stay longer but $ was short. My show has been moved up to Sept 16 so that's when we will be in Boulder. I can't wait. Write again soon, Mark

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marshall, Looks great!!! Thanks for taking the photo. I'll give you a bunch more when you get here. Mark

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Saturday Dear Marshall—You won't believe it; we are in West Des Moines! Trying to find out why the car keeps missing...a good trick on a Saturday. So, as you can see we are not making great time. Nothing major though. On to Chicago, I hope. Iowa is purdy + has rolled hay. Miss you xoxo Bonnie

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marshall, We saw this mountain Sunday while sailing—unreal!!!! I am applying for school here—I think I can get in for the winter quarter and I don't know how we will pay for it yet. $545 per quarter for 9 or 12 credits. I think only 9 credits will transfer from NM cause they don't require art history here. Write us and tell us if you got the Mazda. I'll send a slide of this trailer soon. Mark.

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Mark Mayer to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Have you been here? Just saw this card and thought you guys needed it. Good luck on the demolition! Mark

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Marshall, Thought you might like this on your wall. Tetons and Yellowstone are deserted! We are in Madison campground tonight and it has been snowing off & on all day. Talked to this guy about restaurant & lodge business this morning over a cup of good coffee. Talk to you later... Mark & Brenda 1 The only one

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer

Dear Marshall—Trip here was okay but Mark & the cat made noise the hole [sic] way. We have an apt. [street address redacted]—64111. It has a bed that comes out of the wall. We don't have a job yet & are down to 6$ but I got my bike tuned & it purrs. We don't have electricity until later today so had to take baths by candlelight. Studio real big!!!! Write soon, Mark and Brenda!! the 22nd Mark & I got jobs!! wowie. zowie. Marshall—you have to send the 125$ or wee won't make it through the 1st—okay?!!

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (1 of 3)

12-10-75 Marshall, It was good to talk to you the other night. We are doing better here now and I found out that I can't get into school until spring quarter. But I have made arrangements to work at school now. I can't afford school now anyway! When you come out here be sure to bring your negatives—the ones where we are together or of Bob [Figgis] & I—anything. I'm thinking of doing a series of print-drawings of my history. I'm going to check out skiing Howdy Duty! ...

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (2 of 3) Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (2 of 3)

Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (2 of 3)

...areas this week so we know what to look for when you get here. If you want to get Brenda something for Christmas you might think about ski poles—Mom & Dad are sending us money for Xmas and I think I'll get Brenda a pair of sticks and boots if I can find them cheap. I'll get her on skis yeat [sic]!! I'm going to give you directions to our place now. Assuming you will take I90 west, go north when you get to I5 and...

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (3 of 3) Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (3 of 3)

Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (3 of 3)

...Take the Lake City exit. Stay on Lake city Way and turn right on 88th NE. Go down the hill and take the right turn at the bottom of the hill. Map [map] and there you are! It's real easy. You can see the park from Lake City Way. See you soon! Mark

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Wait until you see what you are going to get in the mail.

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Marsh + Bonnie: Thanks for racing tips! Marianne + I took it on the ear @ the track, though 1 in group won $125 + another $60. Didja hear 'bout the fire @ Joshua Tree? Dunno what's happening yet w/ me @ Labor Day... Will keep ya posted. Marshy-poo, remember this choice little building? Car is doing a wee bit of acting up, so I'm more or less grounded this week... Later, M

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

Ahh, the sense of cleansing upon crossing the desert, entering sweet smelling mountains w/ a fresh blanket of snow.....Royer is more or less the same ("new" refrigerator), comfortable + familiar. Yesterday Argus dug up a long stashed bone. All 3 of us dig it. Sunny in the days, cool @ night. The usual changes—weddings, break-ups, moving on, ahh life in C. Sprgs!

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer

As somebody, somewhere, once-upon-a-time, supposedly said: "What whoops?" Inglewood Flash

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, I may be favoring a soft spot but what else are they for? I'm glad we've finally reached a point where we can share those things. You mean a lot to me. Love, Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, On the road again—this time in Fort Garland, Colo for the 4th of July on my way to Alamosa for the Old Timer's Tall Tale Contest. Mark [Johnstone] says hello. I'll be glad when we both get back to Boulder—I got a feeling we can go along way. Love, Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, Another motel in Cortez, Colo. Stopped at the Grand Canyon. And driving was beautiful yesterday. This morning am going to stop in Mesa Verde Ntl Park before going to Durango. There is no mailing address at the cabin but we do have a phone—[phone number redacted]. My sore throat hasn't gone away and last night I had the chills. May be visiting the doctor soon. xoxo Love Marshall

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert

Hey kids: Pulling the cross country trip again. In Middlebury, on to Boston. This time it was to St. Louis in the Chrysler. Later Mark

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Even though we don't live in Harmony, I think we make beautiful music together. Your little sap, BGL

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

This is for you—a western fantasy indulgence. We all have something. I am very happy— with all the new things we've been doing. xoxo BGL

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

July 4, 1976 Dear Marshall—The Empire State Building is now lit up in red, white + blue lights. It IS beautiful. And my poor Chrysler Building gets nary a bare bulb. Today we will watch the tall ships + I will eat one of those 10 million hot dogs. Forgive me my last bout of petulance (?); I am better about it all but it will all wait till I see you. I can't wait. love, BGL

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Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

[from Bonnie] Dear Mark, Argus + Sherlock (+ Andy if he's there), We are driving slowly taking in ALL the sights. Now we are about to enter Yosemite. Lots of anglers up here in the Sierras. xo Bonnie [from Marshall] Welcome to L.A. Hope there's no earthquakes where you are. It's nice to go at a leisurely pace again. Marshall

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Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Oct. 3, 1977 [from Bonnie] Dear Mark—We returned home on Sat. pm to find 5 little kitties mewing + sucking. I went to this zoo, + the studio that made this photo while I was in Mont. this time. xo BGL [from Marshall] I will drop a line to Jack Allen this week about your employment. Just go by next week around 6:00 some evening and visit about Sunday work only. It's best to start slow. About $40 each Sunday. Good luck. Marshall

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Marshall Mayer and Bonnie Lambert to Mark Johnstone

[from Marshall] Mark, We finally broke open that bottle of champagne you gave us to celebrate (?) the deflowering of the Mazda. $625 damage in a head-on collision. Oh well, we have enough to cover it. [from Bonnie] Mark—The champagne sure helped! (The guy who hit us was drunk.) Does Tony [Godec] know you are quitting? I've planted tomatoes, strawberries, & sweet peas. love, Bonnie

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Hang on. See ya Wed PM xo Bonnie & Marshall

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Hi Bonnie, This is live from Colorado Springs. We here are all jez stumbling around in the dark. So—how's the roller-skating round town? Squeaky Fromme

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert

Oh the joys of summer! (Actually, this one has been strange enough I might write a story about it). Shindig @ end of August (i.e.: marriage) indefinitely postponed. Long song + dance, + will probably go into it on return, Best, M

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Bonnie Lambert to Mark Johnstone

Dear Mark—Can't make a trip to Laguna because Frick and Frack left me with a bummer car—Mark's funky mini-Honda. I'm only supposed to go to the grocery store, Club 30, etc. Am being lazy—reading too many New Yorkers! Wish I could come & visit. Are you thinking abt. Joshua Tree in Oct? xo Bonnie

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May 18, 1977 Hey Mark, Thanks for the special delivery. a real surprise + feat. Guess you're abt. ready for Bean Town. Let us know where you are when. We bought 1/2 interest in Marshall's brother's camper, + he is bringing it down in abt. 10 days. More road trips! Thanks too for the box of leftovers + goodies. It's getting warm here. love, Bonnie

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[from Marshall] Mark, This P. O. is in a town that a friend of ours bought. We just came up to look at it. 15 people. 2 1/2 acres. [from Bonnie] Thanks for the great postcards from Vermont. Feels good to be on the road again, huh? I can't believe the Chrysler made it to the Mississippi! xo Bonnie

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Okay pimple head! I found my ugliest postcard to send to you: how come you never address ME in your correspondence? You think I'm retarded or blind? Creep. See if I EVER make you another pecan pie. I hope you get crabs in your beard! Your ex-friend, Bonnie

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (1 of 6) Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (1 of 6)

Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (1 of 6)

Marshall 6-4-76 Here is your stuff. I had to wait for the slides & money to buy the Smith [?] record. I think you will enjoy them. Keep the slides around, and bring them with you. They're the only ones. "Mixed emotions" got cut off so I have to redo that. These are all postcards from Orcas Island where Mary Donner works. It's incredible. We have to buy land up there some day.

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (2 of 6)

This is a boat that Bob [Figgis] & I worked on once but it's a wreck now. This photo is about 5 years old. Neat! I'm working on a small loose paged book now about the Morgan Gallery show. It has photographs of us & Brenda from last summer. I'll explain over the phone. Some written mat. in it also.

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (3 of 6)

What the hell is stopping you from coming out here sooner? I think bob [Figgis] is moving out of the studio at the end of Sept—fucker never sticks with anything. He is not doing any art at all. All he thinks about is boats & I'm getting sick of it. I want different things out of life, so -----. It looks like you & I have the place to ourselves after that.

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Mark and Brenda Mayer to Marshall Mayer (4 of 6)

You have a job here when you get here—I'm takin' care of you—at Denny's as a cook—one of Brenda's managers just got transferred to another store and said for you to come over when you get there and he will hire you. How's that!? I'll send you proofs of this book when I get them. How about those boxes. I'm still making them also.

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Alan Nakagawa Alan Trachtenberg Alfred Appel Andrea Jennison Ann and Jack Vernon Arthur Taussig Barbara Houghton Barbara Migdal Barbara Smith Ben Benschneider Beth Gafarian Bill Edwards Bob Figgis Bob Sauer Bonnie Lambert Brenda Mayer Burnett Miller Carol Duncan Chris Gallagher Chris Wiedmann Clayton Spada Dan Loewenstein Dave Freund David Hamilton David Jekel Debbie Tharp Diane Germain Ed Ruscha Ellen Land-Weber Ellen Manchester Ellen Van Fleet Ellen Whitney Eric Minuth Eric Paddock Eric Renner Evon Streetman Frank Hall Gary Metz Graham Howe Heidi Cost Howard Junker Ian Green Irene Borger Jack Fulton James Bohnen Jenny Phelps Jerry Burchfield Jim Stone Jim Tittle JoAnn Verburg Jody Boyman Joe Deal John Baeder Judith Dunham Judy Coleman Judy Dater Karen Huntt Ken Abbott Kenda North Kris Lewis Lance Carlson Larry Sultan Les Krims Lew Thomas Linda Connor Linda Montgomery Lon Spiegelman Maggie Sauer Mark Johnstone Mark Klett Mark Mayer Marshall Mayer Martha Madigan Mary Virginia Swanson Mary-Linn Hughes Mauro Altamura Maya Ishiwata Michael Ballou Michael Lesy Michael Peven Mike Mandel Miles Forst Mimi Weinberg Myrella Moses Myron Wood Nicholas Devore III Nicki Rousselle Pat Wellenbach Paul Berger Paul Briggs Peter de Lory Peter Galassi Peter Zokosky Richard Notkin Rick and Suzy Titcomb Robbert Flick Robert Fichter Robert Flynt Roberta Heinrich Roella Louie Roger Mertin Sandi Fellman Sandy Hume Sarah Black Scott Engel Scott McLeod Serse Luigetti Seth Mason Sheila King Sheila Pinkel Sherry Wolf Sidney Jason Stuart Klipper Sue Robinson Susan Mogul Susan Morgan Susan Rankaitis Thos. K. Meyer Tim Bradley Tim Peek Tina Barney Tom Breeden Tom Lamb Tom Swope Unknown Vida Freeman Volkert Volkersz Wilson Meader
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