COVID Card #5

May 10, 2020 | 2 comments

Today’s COVID Card contains a little more symbolism (or whatever you prefer to call it) than most. I do that once in a while. Read on if you want to see what the various elements mean to me. Don’t read on if you’d rather go with your own interpretation or if you just don’t go in for this kind of sketchy malarky.

The focal point of the card is the somewhat futuristic dome-shaped building. It is a sort of 3D rendering (in 2D media…very sketchy) of a postage cancellation stamp (note the wavy chimneys or smoke stacks, a couple of which are broken in true sketchy fashion). The windows and door form a sort of face with a gaping mouth. Above the door is the date 1775 (the year we got our first US Postmaster General). A mask-shaped wall with the year 2020 written on it stands in front of the building — out of reach of the gaping mouth. The building itself is empty. Next to the building is a mailbox flag with the US flag painted on it. It is solid and unwavering. No breeze with flap that b… In the far right background, we see a single tree and some mountains — perhaps suggesting that we’ve moved to the left (not politically, silly) from the space in Card 4. Finally, far, far from the reach of the empty postal-themed building, we have silhouettes of the White House, Washington Monument, and US Capitol Building. Perhaps the monument is like an erect middle finger as the Federal government says eff you to the USPS — or maybe not. It’s all very sketchy.

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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