Security! Security!

One of the truest signs of being an adult is receiving a lot of mail—especially from institutions and companies wanting you to send money, or more money. Although I usually throw most of the non-applicable post out, I started collecting the envelopes and return envelopes this "junk" mail provides. Over the past few months I have started a collection of the interesting and even mesmerizing security patterns that line the walls. It's probably been the easiest collection I've ever had (they do come directly to my door) but surprisingly I've only had a few repeats so far.

Obviously, the main purpose of the patterns are to camouflage sensitive materials inside the envelope from outside eyes, but apparently there is not much regulation on how confusing they have to be—just enough visual noise to stop the peepers from peeping—which allows for the great variety and proliferation in patterns. I am not the first to be inspired or catalogue these beautiful examples of accessorial security, but it seems like something important to continue to categorize and archive. With of the rapid transition into digital information, items like this might not be around for much longer.

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When I first attended City Church Chicago a few months ago, a greeter handed me a little visitor's hand out for me to fill out. Along with the usual connection information, there was a blank page on the back. "Note takers are history makers" it read in the top left corner. I decided to take them up on that declaration.

Ever since that first visit, I've been drawing my notes during the service each week with whatever I have with me. After multiple weeks, I have amassed quite a pile and decided to collage together some of my favorites. A mixture of pens and markers.

Maybe I won't continue documenting them, but I will definitely continue taking notes.

Mo Covers, Mo Issues

Recently Tyler and I stumbled by an estate sale that had an entire book of First Day of Issue covers (envelopes) and stamps. The covers were designed specifically to be sent out on the first day that a new stamp was issued. The glories of stamp designs have not been overlooked, but I had never heard about these covers until we found these. And if I heard the internet correctly, the art featured changed per release city - meaning there are multiple designs for each stamp! I was really inspired by the quality of work and the humbleness of these almost-ephemeral, under-appreciated art of the postal system. Here are a few we picked up!

Poe looking as Johnny Depp as ever. Also, apparently there is no conclusive evidence of the day or even the year George Washington Carver was born... that's NUTS! 

Apparently the Centennial of the American Poultry Industry stamp is thought of as the ugliest American stamp in some philatelist circles. I'd give that cover design two chicken wings up though!