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Peru album page with postage stamp design diagram

Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 10 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (26.4 x 22.2 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
Peru (republic)
Date:
1858
Object number:
0.233750.3.9
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National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8bd869e5d-75ec-4be8-be38-8c3bc86e86d6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.233750.3.9

Peru album page with postage stamp design diagram

Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width (album page): 10 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (26.4 x 22.2 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
Peru (republic)
Date:
1860
Object number:
0.233750.5.11
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National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm826ffb4e3-1fb2-4c2d-a07d-90626ac32d5b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.233750.5.11

Peru album page with postage stamp design diagram

Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width (album page): 10 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (26.4 x 22.2 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
Peru (republic)
Date:
1860
Object number:
0.233750.5.15
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National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm87baf5835-f06c-4eea-88bd-ec3b456cd349
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.233750.5.15

Peru album page with postage stamp design diagram

Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width (album page): 10 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (26.4 x 22.2 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
Peru (republic)
Date:
1860
Object number:
0.233750.5.6
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National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8888506da-60a9-4776-b4ca-752c7ff36756
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.233750.5.6

Silver envelope-shape stamp case

Medium:
silver; enamel (red, black)
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 15/16 x 1 1/4 x 3/16 in. (2.38 x 3.18 x 0.48 cm)
Type:
Commercial Products
Place:
Massachusetts
Date:
1891
Object number:
2012.2007.9
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8643cd0f9-e393-4c1c-a280-1fada880e0e5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_2012.2007.9

Postage Stamp Controversy

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5224, Frame 195-217
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937
Scope and Contents note:
(letters to postmaster general and the New York Times calling U.S. postage stamps "artistically offensive"; correspondence about competition for postage stamp design, and Kent's critiques of winning entries)
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rockwell Kent papers
Rockwell Kent papers / Series 1: Alphabetical Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92967ab30-bc1b-4c39-aa51-a582ea6dbe8c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kentrock-ref3062

John Held papers relating to mail art

Creator:
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Names:
Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Ackerman, Blaster Al, 1939-2013  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Bloch, Mark, 1956-  Search this
Braumuller, Hans, 1966-  Search this
Brown, Jean, 1911-1994  Search this
Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille, 1914-  Search this
Cohen, Ryosuke, 1948-  Search this
Durland, Steve  Search this
Gaglione, Bill  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-  Search this
Janssen, Ruud, 1959-  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Leigh, Michael  Search this
Shimamoto, Shozo, 1928-  Search this
Summers, Rod  Search this
Interviewee:
Cage, John, 1912-1992  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Extent:
12.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Interviews
Date:
bulk 1973-2013
1947-2018
Summary:
The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013, and measure 12.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013, and a collection of biographical material presented by Held at a Mail Art Study Day held at the Archives of American Art in 2018.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013, and measure 12.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, and mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013.

Scattered biographical material consists primarily of miscellanous biographical writings and accounts. Eighteen printed diaries provide very brief descriptions of daily activities and more detailed descriptions of art mail events, conferences, and travel experiences.

Letters comprise the largest and most significant series in the collection. Letters received by John Held, Jr. are from an extensive number of national and international mail artists, including Mark Bloch, Hans Braumüller, Jean Brown, William Gaglione (a.k.a. Picasso Gaglione), Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Shozo Shimamoto, Ryosuke Cohen, Michael Leigh, Guglielmo Cavellini, and Rod Summers. There are also scattered letters from Carl Andre and Clement Greenberg, typescripts of letters sent by Held, and a file of letters exchanged with Steve Durland.

There are twelve folders of artistamps, non-official or pseudo-postage stamps designed by miscellaneous participants in the international mail art network.

Transcripts are of interviews conducted by John Held, Jr. with some of the more notable artists involved with the mail art movement including Al Ackerman, John Cage, Ray Johnson, and Allan Kaprow. There are also interviews with John Held, Jr., William (Picasso) Gaglione, and Milan Knizak, including an interview with Held conducted by Ruud Janssen.

Extensive writings by John Held, Jr. consist of catalog essays, miscellaneous essays, bibliographies, miscellaneous box set texts, and miscellaneous typescripts. Project and event files concern miscellaneous projects, tours, lectures, and exhibitions with which John Held, Jr. was involved.

Printed material consists primarily of printouts of Bibliozone issues, a newsletter, exhibition catalogs, and press releases concerning mail art.

The Gutai exhibition project files include printed material related to the 2013 Experimental Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the mid-Winter Burning Sun: Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response held at the San Francisco Art Institute. The bulk of the series consists of mail art created by over 135 artists who were asked to submit work inspired by Gutai and the artist Shozo Shimamoto.

The Mail Art Study Day Material consists of mostly biographical material regarding John Held, presented by him at the Archives of American Art's Mail Art Study Day on November 9, 2018. This assortment of largely printed material (news clippings, invitations, and programs) as well as select correspondence and photographs, each representing a year in the life of the artist, accompanied by a key for around 450 items dating from 1947-2018. They serve to document his career with regard to creating and disseminating Mail Art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1990-1999 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Diaries, 1990-2000 (20 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Letters, 1973-2008 (7.9 linear feet; Box 1-8, Box 12)

Series 4: Artwork, 1985-2007 (12 folders; Box 8)

Series 5: Interview Transcripts, 1977-1995 (7 folders; Box 8)

Series 6: Writings, 1984-2000 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8)

Series 7: Project and Event Files, 1982-2000 (11 folders; Box 8)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1989-2000 (11 folders; Box 8)

Series 9: Gutai Exhibition Project Files, 2012-2013 (Box 9-11, Box 13, OV 14)

Series 10: Mail Art Study Day Materials, 1947-2018 (Box 15)
Biographical Note:
John Held, Jr. (1947-) of San Francisco, California, is a rubberstamp and artistamp artist, participant in the international mail art network, activist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and a fine arts librarian.

Jonathan Held was born on April 2, 1947. In the mid-1970s he took the name of the early twentieth century illustrator, John Held, Jr., famous for his images of "flapper girls" in the 1920s. This name change was both in tribute to the older artist as well as an expression of Dada.

Earning a Bachelor's Degree in 1969, Held received a Master of Library Science Degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies in 1972 and expanded his interests toward participating in the international mail art network and assembling one of the largest archives of mail art in the United States. He was mentored by mail artist Ray Johnson, and Jean Brown, a leading participant in Fluxus, whose interest in the Dada and Surrealism movements promoted emerging art forms including mail art, visual poetry, and artists' books.

From 1981 to 1995, Held was a Fine Arts Librarian at the Dallas Public Library. In 1982, he began making artistamps, pseudo-postage stamps used as an art medium, and opened the Modern Realism Gallery and Archive in Dallas, Texas, with his future wife Paula Barber. The gallery sought to preserve the record of contemporary avant-garde cultural activity.

Held published Mail Art: An Annotated Bibliography, a five-hundred page listing of secondary sources on the field in 1991. In 1996, Held moved to San Francisco, California, where he established the Modern Realism Gallery and acted as curator of the Stamp Art Gallery, an exhibition space devoted to rubberstamp and artistamp works.

John Held, Jr. has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; and at the National School of Art, Prague. He participated in international exhibitions and, since 1986, engaged in international performance work, appearing in Japan, Russia, Uruguay, and Yugoslavia, as well as in the United States. One of Held's more notable performance creations is the Fake Picabia Brothers, in partnership with artist Picasso Gaglione.

John Held, Jr. lives in San Francisco, California.
Provenance:
John Held donated his papers relating to mail art in 1999, 2008, 2013, and 2018.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Mail artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Librarians -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Mail art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Interviews
Citation:
John Held papers relating to mail art, 1947-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.heldjohn
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John Held papers relating to mail art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93dd2159c-b4cd-4edd-9e2f-9b0b78cc5bf6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-heldjohn
Online Media:

LOVE, Envelope and postcard commemorating first day of issue of postage stamp designed by Robert Indiana

After:
Robert Indiana, American, 1928–2018  Search this
For:
Galerie Denise René, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Object Name:
Greeting card
Type:
Greeting card
Made in:
Europe and USA
Date:
1973
Credit Line:
Gift of Elaine E. Dee
Accession Number:
1975-12-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq45ef456c4-046b-469c-9321-62ae25ba3566
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1975-12-1

6c Eagle President Franklin D. Roosevelt sketch

Title:
Scott Catalogue USA C23
Artist:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, American, 1882 - 1945  Search this
Medium:
paper (ruled); graphite
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 x 5 in. (7.62 x 12.7 cm)
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1938
Topic:
National Stamp Collection  Search this
U.S. Stamps  Search this
Object number:
0.209045.13
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National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8edbe2253-1d06-43d1-8528-30ed29f710ce
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.209045.13

Little America Post Office safe

Associated Organization:
Little America (Antarctica) Post Office (USPS)  Search this
Medium:
metal (iron); wood; paint (black and green with gold lettering)
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 21 × 16 × 18 in. (53.34 × 40.64 × 45.72 cm) Height x Width x Depth (Crate Dimensions): 30 1/2 × 27 × 29 in. (77.47 × 68.58 × 73.66 cm) Weight (total weight of current crate and object): 303 lb.
Type:
Mail Processing Equipment
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1934
Topic:
Post Office Structures  Search this
Object number:
1984.0015.1
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm873c77fa9-9fae-4db6-a20c-7ee6f4f2ed73
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1984.0015.1
Online Media:

Newberry College Graphic Design Students Tackle Postage Stamps

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
December 10, 2009
Topic:
Postal  Search this
See more posts:
National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_66759ad262e086d3d03089fe6ceebf76

Newberry College Graphic Design Students Tackle Postage Stamps-Part 2

Creator:
National Postal Museum  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
December 17, 2009
Topic:
Postal  Search this
See more posts:
National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_8a1a540acdd5643f5857adcab647edb2

Advertisement for New Postal Museum

Author:
Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017  Search this
Subject:
National Postal Museum (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Postal History  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1992
Topic:
Stamp collecting  Search this
Ramey, Van  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Postage stamps  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Standard number:
92-7382-20A or 92-7382.20a
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10162

A brief outline of the origins of the glassmaker, silversmith, wigmaker and hatter in the American colonies by Leonard Everett Fisher ; and illustrated by the four United States commemorative bicentennial era postage stamps designed by the author

Title:
Age of pride
Author:
Fisher, Leonard Everett  Search this
Physical description:
[6] pages 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1972
Topic:
Industries  Search this
Call number:
TS23 .F54 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1008453

Why stamps? Ivan Chermayeff

Author:
Chermayeff, Ivan  Search this
Typographer:
Russem, Michael  Search this
Binder:
Creighton, Sarah  Search this
Printer:
Kat Ran Press  Search this
Physical description:
12 unnumbered pages color illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Collage
Typefaces (Type evidence)
Date:
2014
Topic:
Postage stamp design  Search this
Stamp collecting  Search this
Collage  Search this
Philately  Search this
Timbres-poste--Dessin  Search this
Philatélie  Search this
Collage (Art)  Search this
philately  Search this
collage (technique)  Search this
Benton Sans  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1117826

Notes on postage stamps with a series of preparatory drawings Eric Gill

Author:
Gill, Eric 1882-1940  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Russem, Michael  Search this
Publisher:
Kat Ran Press  Search this
Subject:
George VI King of Great Britain 1895-1952 On postage stamps  Search this
Physical description:
24 unnumbered pages illustrations (some color) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Grande-Bretagne
Date:
2011
Topic:
Postage stamp design  Search this
Timbres-poste--Dessin  Search this
Postage stamps  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1117867

Antonio Frasconi's short essay about postage stamps with a brief note by Michael Russem for the Kat Ran essays in philatelics

Title:
Short essay about postage stamps
Author:
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Russem, Michael  Search this
Publisher:
Kat Ran Press  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) color illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Typefaces (Type evidence)
Date:
2017
Topic:
Postage stamp design  Search this
Timbres-poste--Dessin  Search this
Benton Sans  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1117925

Philatelic atrocities by Niko Courtelis

Author:
Courtelis, Niko  Search this
Typographer:
Russem, Michael  Search this
Printer:
Kat Ran Press  Search this
Physical description:
14 unnumbered pages color illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Typefaces (Type evidence)
Date:
2014
Topic:
Postage stamp design  Search this
Timbres-poste--Dessin  Search this
Stilson  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1117926

Gyorgy Galan'ntai and Julia Klaniczay mail art

Creator:
Galántai, György  Search this
Subject:
Klaniczay, Julia  Search this
Artpool Archivum  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Budapest, Hungary
Date:
1981
Citation:
György Galántai. Gyorgy Galan'ntai and Julia Klaniczay mail art, 1981. John Held papers relating to mail art, 1947-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20027
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John Held papers relating to mail art, 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20027
Online Media:

The two cent stamp of the small bank note issue of 1890 : exploring relief breaks, papers, & shades / by Richard M. Morris

Author:
Morris, Richard M  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Postage stamps--Color  Search this
Postage stamp design  Search this
Call number:
HE6184.C6 M67 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714603

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