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Collection: Currency (variety, international), vol. 1

Oman: Rial (1, front)
Oman: Rial (1, front)

Once upon a time… humans moved away from bartering things and services on an ad hoc basis and came up with a default transaction medium which became known as money. First coins (well, maybe something before, likely made of clay) denominated by an arbitrary, yet commonly agreed-upon, value – often made of metals which were deemed to be rare/shiny/valuable.

Then after (perhaps admitting the arcane value of metals and needing something handier to tote around) eventually created paper bank notes – first with value attached to aforementioned shiny metals, then again arbitrarily assigned a transactional value by central banks and governments.

To me, this is neither here nor there, i really don’t have an opinion about the “importance” of money. Indeed, if you value such “wealth” so much, go forth and acquire in exchange for your time, talents or conniving – or simply create your own currency, print it and rally folks to desire it as a means of exchange. This is commonly done in form of community notes, “virtual” currencies (often managed by Blockchain tech), or even various commercial operations making notes, coupons or points systems.

Oman: Rial (1/2 Rial – back, 100 Baisa– front / back)

My point in sharing this is: Very often, these banknotes – both contemporary or deprecated – are lovely specimens of design art and printing technology (granted the reason is usually to thwart counterfeit versions polluting the general population’s trust in the monetary system). I very much enjoy the loveliness of printing “things on substrates” – the values to me are non-important (aside when i need to purchase eggs and bacon) but rather the artistic-ness and the totems decided by a society to represent their culture/country (often historical figures of various repute, significant events, important buildings or cultural motifs) are a source of endless curiosity. Additionally, the stories the bills imbue, often soaked quite literally into the fibres, as well as the journey the note took to your hand or pocket and/or the travel one undertook to acquire… are what sparks my interest.

As such, i gather these notes, photograph for the historical record and my own amusement and, evidently, to share with you.

India: Rupee (variety, front)
India: Rupee (20, 50, 100 –  front)

This is Volume One of several in an on-going series, this round featuring notes from SouthEast Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Arabia locales and possibly others.

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Contain’d – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2)

Contain'd – Items: Forgotten in Drawers
Contain’d – Items: Forgotten in Drawers

Earth Rambler – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) cover

Earth Rambler – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) cover
Earth Rambler – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) cover

Bosphorus Float – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 1)

Bosphorus Float – Items: Forgotten in Drawers
Bosphorus Float – Items: Forgotten in Drawers

Bedouin Shroud – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 1)

Bedouin Shroud – Items: Forgotten in Drawers
Bedouin Shroud – Items: Forgotten in Drawers

Activat’d – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 3)

Activat'd – Items: Forgotten in Drawers
Activat’d – Items: Forgotten in Drawers

Bridge – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 1)

Bridge – Items: Forgotten in Drawers
Bridge – Items: Forgotten in Drawers

Post’d: Dropping another load of postal treats to kind folks elsewhere…

Post offices are a happy places for me. I love to send cards and letters… If you want to get in on the fun, submit deets via the “postal club“ form (no guarantees  + discretion assured).

Skiffs – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 1)

Skiffs – Items: Forgotten in Drawers
Skiffs – Items: Forgotten in Drawers

Post’d: Bring it all together with a cappuccino + desk full of stationery

Tip 3 for beating the blues: cappuccino and a desk full of stationery and postcards, Sending treats to friends and strangers hoping it will transmit a virtual hug, via Airmail.

Today’s batch includes Latvia, Singapore, Olympia, Logan, Mexico and who knows where else… Oh and also Provo, Norman (place not person), Coquitlam, Kelowna…

How are you feeling? Do you need a treat? If so, fill out the “postal club” form.