COVID Card #351

April 21, 2021 | 0 comments

Had I discovered Richard Haines’s painting, Mrs. Whistler’s Naked Niece, before I drew the card inspired by his work, the card might have been quite different. I like the painting. I really like the name. For some reason, it cracks me up. Maybe it’s because when the state of a subject’s dress (specifically lack thereof) is part of an artwork’s name, it’s usually “nude.” Nude Taking Out the Garbage, Nude Picking His Teeth, Nude Scratching Her Toe, etc. There is something light and amusing in the term “naked.” Maybe it feels more, well, naked, and honest (that’s a lot of commas), and (there’s another one!) less pretentious.

Why isn’t retentious a word? It really should be.

Anyway… Haines created six post office murals: The Picnic (Berwyn, Illinois), Iowa Farming (Cresco, Iowa), Kansas Farming (Wichita, Kansas), Arrival of the Fall Catalog (Hastings, Minnesota), Coon Hunt (Clinton, Missouri), and Skid Road (Shelton, Washington).

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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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