Art Goes Postal—Artists Sharing Postcards

With so many postcards archived on the website, here are a few that we think merit attention.
                   
Barbara Houghton to Ellen Manchester Barbara Houghton to Ellen Manchester

Barbara Houghton to Ellen Manchester

Tue. Dear Ellen—I certainly hope this gets to you before you leave. We're camped out here and it's so much better than THO [Timothy H. O'Sullivan] could have pictured it in his day. It's also a lot better than this pc. The water glows a turquoise & the rocks are stunning cream in the day/sunlight. This sunset was thinly overcast & it's almost dark. The water is still glowing turquoise & the mountains opposite are purple & mauve, the sky is lilac & purple & the sage & grasses are green & gold. Damn I'm impressed. We must come here sometime together. Found THO's picture & have not been able to get to it/ Road is closed. Found a Linda Connor at Thunder Mtn. I'll show you which one. The trip has been plagued w/ bad events but we go on. Water pump went out & we went to Provo & yesterday Jim [Houghton] broke a front tooth in half chopping wood. See you this weekend xx B.

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Bonnie Lambert to Andrea Jennison and Tom Breeden Bonnie Lambert to Andrea Jennison and Tom Breeden

Bonnie Lambert to Andrea Jennison and Tom Breeden

November 1, 1977 Dear Andrea & Tom, It looks like I may have gotten a real job: photographer for a curriculum development co. But, most of their contracts are with the gov't., so I have to get a security clearance. Will take 3-4 mos. In the meantime I have found a crap job selling cameras (will take it if I don't get hired at a Xerox place this week.) At the good job I would do things like photograph a guy taking apart a rifle or defusing a land mine! Could be interesting. Lots of travel: that's the good & bad part. Any job for you, Andrea? How's Wyoming? love, Bonnie

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Peter de Lory to Ellen Manchester Peter de Lory to Ellen Manchester

Peter de Lory to Ellen Manchester

Ellen—Mucho thanks pour all your postal assistance. I hope you win 5 days & 4 night [sic] in St. Barths [sic] with a real hunk of Greek statue type, bla, bla, bla,bla. Andy and I will be on deck at S.P.E. See you then/meantime, building darkroom making pix's and lots of x-mas festivities. P.S. I think you are doing the right thing with the program. Above & beyond. My hats off to you Love Peter de

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Ellen Manchester and Bonnie Lambert to Dave Freund Ellen Manchester and Bonnie Lambert to Dave Freund

Ellen Manchester and Bonnie Lambert to Dave Freund

Dear Dave—this is a little "excitement" to get you to come to our fair flour city for SPE—really hope you can make it. Our living situation is VERY cozy as Chris [?] has moved in. I sleep in the kitchen! BUT Please stay with us—Chris will be at her parents, [Robert] Heinecken might stay here, Gary M [Metz] can't make it. Should be lots of laughs—bring LOTS of work! Thanks again for the bed & board. Love Ellen & BGL

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Andrea Jennison to Dave Freund Andrea Jennison to Dave Freund

Andrea Jennison to Dave Freund

11-1-78 Hope you are enjoying your time off... Getting lots done. I am very busy up here in old Breckenridge! It's winter already. Hope to hear from you soon. XOXO, Andrea

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Sat—Had a GREAT day in L.A. I'm SO HIGH! They REALLY interviewed me. 1 1/2 hrs of questions—realize biggest problem is lack of experience. They're worried about that with 1/2 my duties working with grads! Felt good about myself—was honest so they'll either like me or I don't belong there. Robt. [Robert Heinecken] was fantastic. Said I'm his 1st choice still. They'll interview Eileen [Cowin] Mon—PRAY!!! I'll let you know as soon as I know. Bad hair—I gonna get to work! Love Jude

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Dave Freund to Ellen Manchester Dave Freund to Ellen Manchester

Dave Freund to Ellen Manchester

Dear Ellen—Very good to get your card(s) & hear the show looks good—really wish I could see it. (By implication, Gary's [Metz?] prints showed up, right?) The clothes, my god, thanks for not sending them for $22! Can't you just put them in a box & mail 'em last class, insured? Shouldn't be more than a few $—& when it comes I'll mail you a check for the postage. I'll surely be out sometime this summer, somehow. How long you gonna be there? Could you send me a summer catalog? School's out next week, & free play for the summer‚ hardly know where to strike first. But I'll manage. See yo. Love, Dave [front of card] Hi, Bonnie [Lambert] !!!

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Jack Fulton to Kenda North Jack Fulton to Kenda North

Jack Fulton to Kenda North

Will talk @ LACPS [Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies] 11/25 Kenda: Tanx 4 nice epistle. Wish aye wuz there 2 az aye assume tis @ Breckenridge. Have tried 2 slow down liquor as aye am getting somewhat stout and am even entertaining special acupuncture shots to miraculously quit smoking but am still happy. Best Jack Fulton

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marsh—Rec'd books fr. Bonnie/many thanks. Suggestion re: OBSCURA (which I still haven't received in the mail)=document whole procedure + send to attention of NEA Visual Arts [it's the only kind of feedback they get re: programs, and is important] Best, Mark

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Susan Morgan to Mark Johnstone Susan Morgan to Mark Johnstone

Susan Morgan to Mark Johnstone

Dear Mark Johnstone, Yippeee! I've now seen the CoLA show & received my catalogues & they both look great. I am very pleased. thank you. yours, Susan Morgan

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Susan Rankaitis to Mark Johnstone Susan Rankaitis to Mark Johnstone

Susan Rankaitis to Mark Johnstone

Saturday, Dear Mark—Thanks so much for the letter & photo. It sounds like you're doing well. Hope that the problem that you caught in Texas is now over also. I'm getting anxious to get out of school—it doesn't seem to have much relation to doing art. Both of us are totally working now. I'm broke and anxious to get some kind of an income other than my meager teaching salary. I'm glad that you're looking towards California. It's a nice place to be although photographers photo scene seems slate [stale?]. Artists using photo however are doing some very interesting things. Keep in touch & thanks for writing. Susan PS—Please don't give our address or phone # out to any students (I don't know if we every asked you this)

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Ellen Manchester to Bonnie Lambert Ellen Manchester to Bonnie Lambert

Ellen Manchester to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bon—The best thing about NOT travelling with you is sending you cards! Of course I'm having a fantastic time—god—I almost want to go back to school! Hear that Victor [Schraeger] is out of town—LEAVE your stuff for him to see. Love, Ellen

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Peter Galassi to Bonnie Lambert Peter Galassi to Bonnie Lambert

Peter Galassi to Bonnie Lambert

8 April 77 NYC [In case you didn't guess, this pic is about love] Dear Bonnie—You made it into Light Gallery sooner than you thought; as a subject in a Dave Freund picture (you're seen mostly from behind—but unmistakably you—and a girl cut in half on a porch on the right). The show is not bad—that VERY delicate sensibility; my only objection is that technically they're a little sloppy: fuzzy & grainy which is bad for all the delicate stuff. But still pretty good. Dave seems happy & we had a nice talk at the openning [sic], and that Harold [Jones] produced some sort of elegant demonstration. Does the show look good? Nice frames? The [Robert] Rauschenberg show here is marvelous—what's terrific is that he was willing to try anything. Jonnie & Susan, back from England, send love. P.

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Ken Abbott to Mark Johnstone Ken Abbott to Mark Johnstone

Ken Abbott to Mark Johnstone

8/12 Hi Mark & Robbi, I'm in Montana, on the Gallatin River, on my way to Yellowstone. Finished a bike tour (no, not the Harley to Sturgis, my pedal-type bike) last week—from Helena to Billings via Yellowstone. Much fun. Back to Yellowstone to see if I can make pictures of campers & such. We'll see. Enjoyed seeing Haynes' photos today in Helena. I'm on to Idaho next. Then San Fran, but back to Denver after that—think I'll try to get to LA in winter. Hey—Jennifer and I are getting married (gulp!) December 29. Come on out & do some skiing & join us! Hee Hee, what fun! Ken

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Jim Stone to Mark Johnstone Jim Stone to Mark Johnstone

Jim Stone to Mark Johnstone

Dear Mark—The PRC isn't doing too well at importing California talent but we will keep trying. Hope all is well with you & R & we see you sometime soon. March I guess if not before. Your pal, Stone

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Fri—Feeling low—just got REJECTED from SIU! Really surprised—was sure we'd both make this one! Seemed made for our stuff. Hope you're in. [heart] Love Jude

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Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Mark, This is an example of my work for the book—I hope its' [sic] in one piece. Sorry we didn't get to look at you're book stuff—we actually came looking for you after the printer but nowhere to be located. I'll most likely be down for the 4th with some work—I'll probably call to verify anything. I moved—[address redacted and phone]. Just finished applying to Ferguson Grant to pay for this book—I sure home Scott [McLeod] can do a better job—200 line screen AT LEAST. We all want it nice. Molly's getting excited to come. Marshall

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Thos. K. Meyer to Mark Johnstone Thos. K. Meyer to Mark Johnstone

Thos. K. Meyer to Mark Johnstone

Merry Xmas. Thanks for the CDs. More from me to follow Love & mush T.K

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Mark Johnstone to Eric Minuth Mark Johnstone to Eric Minuth

Mark Johnstone to Eric Minuth

The dry spell endeth so poureth forth from the lips of the fugitive from fiction sweet words encircling hard + pointed words thrusting, deceptive words entrapping, all is written so in the PURSUIT OF PULCHRITUDE

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Robbert Flick to Mark Johnstone Robbert Flick to Mark Johnstone

Robbert Flick to Mark Johnstone

Mark, What a wonderfully sensitive & promising essay in the landscape book [Midwest Diary]. When we have an hour would like to talk about some of the hidden (hinted at) issues. Bob

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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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Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Ooops! Guess who, where, what, when and why! And if you remember what we did after this you win the booby prize (not specified)!

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Sue Robinson to Barbara Houghton Sue Robinson to Barbara Houghton

Sue Robinson to Barbara Houghton

Dear Babs—have decided to formalize our womens group for resume purposes. We can call ourselves Colorado Women in Photography! I think you should be secretary because you have SUCH NEAT hand writing (ha ha) (Vidi [?] is Sgt at Arms because she's the biggest!) Our Motto: To Fight the Rising Tide of Male Stupidity Don't laugh! I'm serious! As of now, you are a "Founding Member"—love Sue

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Andrea Jennison to Barbara Houghton Andrea Jennison to Barbara Houghton

Andrea Jennison to Barbara Houghton

Dear Barbara—Vidie [?] called today & asked if we wanted to share a room at SPE. She just got her forms. Tom [Breeden] & I said "yes" & thought of the possibility that you might want to share too. We are reserving a RUSTIC (hopefully, rather than DELUXE (2nd choice room for 3-4 people. $50 incl. 3 nites & 8 meals. The deluxe is $12 more which for Tom & me is $24 more (enough to board Togie [their dog]!) If you want to go in w/ us on this, great! I'll try to call you at Metro Mon. Jan. 30 or Wed. Feb 1st at 12:50 pm our time—2:50 your time. Hope you can be at Lightwork then. XOXO Andrea * If you or I can't get together on the phone, please write immediately after you get thiks.

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Dave Freund to Barbara Houghton Dave Freund to Barbara Houghton

Dave Freund to Barbara Houghton

So far so good! And that's a fact! NY's burning, tho, so this'll be the last plane o'mail out, they say—& Dave [text and address of used postcard redacted]

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This whole experience (of reviewing old postcards) is a combination of nostalgia and nausea. Mark Johnstone

Thanks for doing all this; I do have many more cards... Kenda North

This is a really swell idea. Thomas F. Barrow

I'm amazed at the traction your project is getting—it inspires my participation. Dave Freund

This is SOOOO good....I love it.....totally. Lance Carlson

Love this project, will need to do some serious and strategic excavations to find pc's... Ellen Manchester

Very cool to see this. It takes me back! Mark Klett

Good luck with your wonderful project. Sandy Hume

That is a phenomenal website. Thanks! Alan Nakagawa

Ok, my plans for the day are shot! I have to look through some old boxes in the basement. This is outstanding! Sue Robinson

Refreshingly different. Jack Fulton

Postcards To or From Artists
Alan Klotz Alan Nakagawa Alan Trachtenberg Alden Spilman Alex Richman Alex Sweetman Alfred Appel Andrea Jennison Andrea Klotz Anita Stekel Ann and Jack Vernon Arthur Taussig Barbara Bradley Barbara de Genieveeve Barbara Houghton Barbara Jo Revelle Barbara Migdal Barbara Smith Ben Benschneider Beth Gafarian Bill Edwards Bob Figgis Bob Sauer Bonnie Lambert Brenda Mayer Burnett Miller Candida Finkel Carol Duncan Caroline Hinkley Cheri Hiser Cheryl Bailey Chris Gallagher Chris Wiedmann Chuck Forsman Chuck Hagen Clayton Spada Dan Loewenstein Darryl Curran Dave Freund David Barey David Hamilton David Jekel Debbie Tharp Dennis Staffne Diane Germain Ed Ruscha Ellen Land-Weber Ellen Manchester Ellen Van Fleet Ellen Whitney Eric Minuth Eric Paddock Eric Renner Frances Jones Frank Hall Gary Metz Graham Howe Gwen Widmer Harold Jones Heidi Cost Howard Junker Ian Green Irene Borger Jack Fulton Jacky Lavin James Bohnen Jamie Bennett Jay DiLorenzo Jenny Phelps Jerry Burchfield Jim Cannata Jim Houghton Jim Olson Jim Stone Jim Tittle JoAnn Verburg Jody Boyman Joe Deal John Baeder John Pfahl John Priola Judith Dunham Judith Golden 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 Lynne Brown Maggie Sauer Marcia Ganales 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 Michael Smith Michaela Murphy Mike Mandel Miles Forst Mimi Weinberg Myrella Moses Myron Wood Nicholas Devore III Nicki Rousselle Pat Wellenbach Patty Hemmingway Seale Paul Berger Paul Briggs Paul Ginsberg Paula Crane Peter de Lory Peter Galassi Peter Zokosky Reed Estabrook Richard Notkin Rick and Suzy Titcomb Robbert Flick Robert Dawson Robert Fichter Robert Flynt Roberta Heinrich Roella Louie Roger Mertin Rusty Culp Ruth Thorne-Thomsen 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 Black Tom Breeden Tom Lamb Tom Swope Unknown Victor Landweber Vida Freeman Volkert Volkersz

 

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