COVID Card #228

December 19, 2020 | 0 comments

Of all the oddities that I’ve experienced in 2020, some of the most surprising have been the paths this COVID Card project have led me down. In 2019, the idea of becoming fascinated with the postal service would have been absurd to me.

While “going down the rabbit hole” usually gets a bad rap, there can be a lot to learn in rabbit holes. My latest fascination is with the history of holiday cards (don’t worry, I’ll get back to muralists and I have a new book on postal history). Around Thanksgiving, this branch of the rabbit hole led me to the discovery of the book Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th Century Artists by Mary Savig.

Today’s card was inspired by one of the cards in the book: Janet LaSalle’s card for Kathleen Blackshear.

Cards 1-100

To learn more about any of the first 100 cards, select a number from the list below.


The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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