Card 297 marks another COVID Card first. It was inspired a photograph of an upside down painting. If you look at it on a small monitor or tablet or phone, you might see what I first saw — a kind of interesting abstract work. On closer inspection, even the thumbnail version quickly reveals its true self (as much as art can have a true self). I was disappointed, but couldn’t shake the idea for the card. And so, Karl Oberteuffer, wherever you are, you made it — you are immortalized in a COVID Card. Well, no. You aren’t anything of the sort. COVID Cards are as fleeting and temporary as a postage stamp.
Oberteuffer made two post office murals: Recapture of Corn Schooner from British (Falmouth, Massachusetts) and Early US Post Village (McKenzie, Tennessee).