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Post’d: Passports into Postcards (to keep somebody else *remembered*)

Inky stamps, each with significance, Otherwise, why even stamp?

Though i’m not an Egyptologist officially, I do know that the old-timey Egyptians believed you died a second time when people stopped talking about / remembering you.

As such, i’m keeping the folks (from CCCP, Albania, Yugoslavia, Romania and so on) in these passports alive in a sort of way by making them into postcards and sending them on special missions out into the world

you can find the full freeverse poem “Flood’d” elsewhere in this archive if curious

With relevant snippet of handcrafted poetry on reverse (Flood’d).

Passports, party membership & ration books, now postcards

Are you in the diplomatic club of mysterious goodness? $5/mo gets you handcrafted art & story.

Passports to Nowhere (for someone else)

lousy photo of interesting stack of passports etc (waiting to be) in process

I’ve started modifying old passports with ink, stamps, ink stamps, fake maps & assumed espionage… this means late night eBay buying Albanian passports. Just so many weird good items to remix i cant/wont/dont stop.

The paper is so tactile / interesting & with all the visa stamps, (stapled) photos (sometimes Mom & kids in one photo), stamps, visas, details of all kinds + occasional ephemeral papers slipped in.& almost-intimate details make such a starting point for stories. {note: takes a bit of daring to desecrate at first, however lovingly}.

I ones i purchase are $10 or so. Yugoslavs are cheap. CCCP/USSR and DDR can get more expensive. Lots of Romania, Bulgaria and old Kingdom of Greece stuff. Odd (in a way) how this sort of ephemera is abundant from some countries, scarce from others.

The US ones (above) are great, via Israel… perhaps/seems Israeli citizen(s) had applied for US citizenship, gone to US and other countries and eventually returned. these ones have a loads of country stamps so interesting to speculate on story. Again, feels rather intimate and mysterious.

Several i’ve picked up seem to be “the last one before emigrating”. Now i’ll continue the story with my odds and ends and alterations and possibly put up for sale/trade to continue their journey.  {i should probably do that etsy shop…}

Passport issued by The Matinée rock and roots band for Dancing on your Grave

Oh and while i’m passporting, had an extra “headband” photo so finally decorated up my The Matinee “Dancing on Your Grave” passport. Will be scribbling in poetry and usual inky stamps on the pages within.

Note to self: finish tuning up Cascadia passport from & share here

PS since i’m typing… more random passport-inspired items in archive (i have almost all of my mine from various countries) plus other related: 

Open Source Culture From Romania Vancouver – Raincity Radio

Open Source Culture - Dave Olson (with mic) with developers Zak Greant and Darid Ashcer, by Boris Mann via Flick (cc)
Open Source Culture – Dave Olson (with mic) with developers Zak Greant and Darid Ashcer, by Boris Mann via Flick (cc)

Open Source Culture – photo of Zak Great and Darid Achser by Boris Mann via Flick (cc)With the eLiberatica conference in Bucharest, Romania {see also: eLiberatica 2008 in Romania – The benefits of Open and Free Technologies} approaching, Raincity Radio host DaveO, along with Boris Mann, sit down with two noteworthy presenters, Zak Greant and David Ascher, to discuss the importance of open source in emerging economies, various Mozilla Foundation projects (including MoFo, MoCo, MoMo), plus a casual conversation about OS community building and management, Romanian cuisine, prawn fishing, and developer culture in Europe and Vancouver.

Originally released by Dave O for Raincity Studios, May 5, 2008

Geek out with: Open Source Culture From Romania Vancouver – Raincity Radio (28MB, 192k mp3, 20:14)