Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Lots to do - Mail Art

This is my entry for this weeks Lots to do , which is Mail Art.

After having first hand experience of mail going missing these days when I saw this short story I couldnt help but chuckle to myself.

My Great Grandfather, and then Grandfather, and then my Mother used to run our local Post Office I thought I would make up this mini book for my Mum.

I managed to find some images to go with the text and it turned out ok.

The text reads:

The Missing Five Pound Note

George worked for the Post Office and his job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day just before Christmas, a letter landed on his desk simply addressed in shaky handwriting: 'To God'. With no other clue on the envelope, George opened the letter and read:
Dear God,
I am a 93 year old widow living on the State pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had £100 in it, which was all the money I had in the world and no pension due until after Christmas. Next week is Christmas and I had invited two of my friends over for Christmas lunch. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. God; can you please help me?

George was really touched, and being kind hearted, he put a copy of the letter up on the staff notice board at the main sorting office where he worked. The letter touched the other postmen and they all dug into their pockets and had a whip round. Between them they raised £95.
Using an officially franked Post Office envelope, they sent the cash on to the old lady, and for the rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of the nice thing they had done.
Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter simply addressed to 'God' landed in the Sorting Office. Many of the postmen gathered around while George opened the letter. It read,

Dear God,

How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your generosity, I was able to provide a lovely luncheon for my friends. We had a very nice day, and I told my friends of your wonderful gift - in fact we haven't gotten over it and even Father John, our parish priest, is beside himself with joy. By the way, there was £5 missing. I think it must have been those thieving fellows at the Post Office.
George could not help musing on Oscar Wilde's quote: 'A good deed never goes unpunished'

Anyway my Mum got a laugh out of it and its now coffee table conversation in her house.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


crafty creations said...

Great book and lovely story Jaqi

Thanks for sharing your work with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

Ira said...

What a wonderful story Jaqi, it made me laugh, too! Such a great book you made, I used to have loads of real stamps, too, but I can't for the life of me remember where I put them... That's what you get when you hoard too much, LOL!
Have a nice day, ~Ira

Anonymous said...

Fabulous mail art Jaqi, & that story is brilliant!

Susan said...

Ha ha! Great story and what a lovely book you made for your Mam :)

Zoechaos said...

Special book great postal theme and great story told in it. How wonderful to have made this for your family.

My name is Toni said...

Love the book, and wow what a story... I new I should be saving all my old stamps... ugh.... :)

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Gotham said...

its a great story book, the best thing about this way this book has been compiled, its looks great and all about life!!

This is brilliant , i love it !