Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOOBIE BIRD COURIER SERVICE/ Paraphilatelic Cybermail by Eric Whollem/ CYBERMAIL ART/ Faux Postage Stamps



BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE/ BUTTONI-SAGARA
2015
Eric Whollem
fantasy cover from  Buto Offices in Sagara
cybermail art
copyright by the artist

EGGATHA WRITES TO HER GURU IN SAGARA

Sagara is just across the Strait of Murra from the shores of Buttoni, known also as the Isle of Buto.
Here the innovative Boobie Bird Courier Service began.

Eggatha's guru is named Raj Boobi-Ji.

   

BUTTONI OFFICES IN SAGARA
Boobie Courier Service
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps
copyright by the artist 
SAGARI COURIER SERVICE
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
with faux postage stamps from Buttoni and Sagara
copyright by the artist

Sunday, May 10, 2015

BOOBIE BIRD POSTAL COURIER SERVICE/ Faux Postage Stamps from Buto by Eric Whollem/ BOOBIE TRIANGLE STAMPS/ Blythe's Boobie Post



BLYTHE'S BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
faux postage stamps from Buttoni
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

A BOOBIE BIRD COURIER SERVICE

The land of Buttoni, or Buto, as it is commonly called has developed an innovation in mail delivery. The world has seen pigeon posts in countries like New Zealand in the 19th century and in Britain where Herm Island was authorized to allow pigeons to deliver the mails.

Puffins are commonly seen on local post stamps, such as stamps from the Isle of Lundy, but the puffins never actually delivered the mail. But in Buttoni, an island kingdom in the Sea of Varuna, off the coast of the continent of Amphora, boobies, an endangered bird, have been given the honor of mail delivery like their pigeon cousins. LOL


MAP OF BUTO
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist


BLYTHE'S BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
faux postage stamps from Buttoni
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist
BLYTHE'S BOOBIE POST

Operating out of Blondell Heights in southern Buttoni, Blythe has allowed her Boobie Birds to unionize, having created the International Boobie Couriers Union.

These stamps are semi-official issues of the Buto government, whose capital is in Templetown in the north of Buto. The price of a regular delivery is 2 bits. Blythe's boobies operate primarily in the region of Amphora, but also deliver mail to lands in other dimensions. The boobies are well known for having delivered mails to and from Lemuria. And many retiring boobies, finding Lemuria a favorable and attractive land have settled on the shores of Tule Lake in Northern Lemuria. LOL


BLYTHE'S BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
faux postage stamps from Buttoni
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist
BLYTHE'S BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
faux postage stamps from Buttoni
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOOBIE COURIER POST/ Cybermail Art by Eric Whollem/ FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS/ 'Opened by Mistake in Boobton' cancel on a damaged five pound packet


BOOBIE COURIER POST
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage cybermail art
copyright by the artist

BOOBIE BIRD MAIL DELIVERY


The contents of this packet was unfortunately lost in the mails in Boobton. A pity that they did not insure the packet. Another good strike of the rare 'OPENED BY MISTAKE IN BOOBTON' cancel. LOL

This cover has a variety of stamps and cancellations:1)The diamond shaped cancel from Blythe's Boobie Hatch, the outfit that has developed this form of mail delivery. 2) The Buto Customs Service cancel. 3) The 'Caution Lead Plate Within' stamp [this letter was sent to the Requisitions Department of Tubbuwapp Dental College]. 4) The 'Opened by Mistake in Boobton' cancel [and tell tale taped edge]. 5) A postal cancellation from Utti, a town in the autonomous region of Alaya north of Buto.

This cover apparently originated at the Boobie Courier Station in Utti and was sent by boobie across the waters back home to the Isle of Buto.

The stamps on this cover include a definitive issue of Alaya, showing Manco Capac and, of course a selection of Blythe's Boobie Courier Service triangle stamps, denominated at One Bit post paid. A pencil notation on the cover '5 lbs/ 5 bits' gives us insight into the postal rates for Boobie Courier parcels.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

PARAPHILATELIC MAIL FROM PLANET PLUTO/ 'Pluto Provisional Post' by Eric Whollem/ GONDWANALAND DINOSAUR STAMP CANCELLATION/ Speculations on the Life of the Infamous Abner Grunt of Gondwanaland



PLUTO PROVISIONAL POST
2015
faux postage stamp cover
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

PLUTO PROVISIONAL POST

After the discovery of the planet Pluto by Gwog, Postmaster General and time traveler from Gondwanaland, the news reached the cell of Captain Grunt, former sheriff of Dinosaur County in Western Gondwanaland.

Abner Grunt was in prison as a stamp forger. Perhaps he saw his chance at a commission from Gwog, when he sent this letter to Pluto Station, where Gwog was currently conducting his astrogeological observations on the terrain of Pluto.


PLUTO PROVISIONAL POST
2015
faux postage stamp cover
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

ABNER GRUNT'S STAMP FORGERIES

The stamp in the lower left hand corner is one of the bogus Pluto Provisional stamps invented by Aber Gwog, infamous stamp forger from Gondwanaland.

The stamps and cancellation in the upper right hand corner are official issues of the Gondwana Postal Administration; but the zig zag cancel on the 'provisional' issue is the handiwork of Grunt.


PLUTO PROVISIONAL POST
2015
faux postage stamp cover
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

RARE JAIL MAIL FROM GONDWANALAND

The irregularities in the typing and the shocking pink cover must have alerted the Prison Guards in Rockton, as this cover has a rare censorship cancel from the Dinosaur County Jail.

Specialists in this paraphilatelic sideline are rare, but Binky of Binky's Expertizing Service on Titania, remarks: 'This cover is no doubt one of Abner Grunt's infamous forgeries.'

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO/ Faux Postage Stamps From Gondwanaland/ SPACE FANTASY STAMPS by Eric Whollem/ CYBERSTAMPS




GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO

Curiosity lead Gwog to explore much further into space than the moons of Neptune and Pluto. He established a Provisional Post Office at Pluto Station on Pluto. The stamps seen here show photos of Pluto's surface (as taken by Eric Whollem lol). 

Gwog in his notes on Gondwana Astrogeology says: 'The rocks of Pluto are pretty, but lacking in flint, which is the primary necessity for any colony to survive in the depths of space. I found what appeared to be pools of water in some craters on Pluto. On closer examination I found this merely to be copper sulfate crystals, useless to the Gondwana except for inclusion in a junior chemistry set.'


GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist


GWOG'S EXPEDITION TO PLUTO
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GWOG'S TRIP TO NEPTUNE/ Gondwanaland Space Exploration Stamps/ Faux postage stamps by Eric Whollem/ CYBERSTAMPS



GWOG'S TRIP TO NEPTUNE
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist
GWOG'S TRIP TO NEPTUNE
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S TRIP TO NEPTUNE

After arriving on the Moon, at the invitation of the government of the Republic of the Moon, Gwog was honored by a special counseling session with Quantus Qwo, the Postmaster General of the Moon.

Mr. Qwo informed Gwog of the knowledge of Space privy to the Loonese. It was believed from the Syzygdite Records that the geological formations of Neptune and it's moons might well have the sort of mineral wealth that Gwog was seeking, namely flint deposits, so valued in Gondwanaland.

After exploring Neptune by Paleowarp Facilitator, Gwog found that Neptune's methane atmosphere was inimical to the prospects of ever lighting a campfire. And no flint could be found. But he had hope that in his further explorations of the moons of Neptune that Mr. Qwo would be proven right.

GWOG'S TRIP TO NEPTUNE
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS from Gondwanaland/ 'Gwog's Trip to Gondwilli' by Eric Whollem/ Space Fantasy Stamps/ CYBERSTAMPS



GWOG'S TRIP TO GONDWILLI
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S TRIP TO GONDWILLI

Gwog, the Postmaster General of Gondwanaland, was the first 'astronaut' from this ancient civilization on earth. His time travel machine, called the Paleowarp Facilitator, allowed him to travel to any place in space and time.

Gondwilli, or New Gondwanaland, is the name given by Gwog to Titania, the moon of Neptune. When Gwog discovered that the geology of Gonwilli was primarily of a flint matrix, that settled the question of where to take his people. 

To the Gondwana flint is better than gold!


GWOG'S TRIP TO GONDWILLI
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S TRIP TO GONDWILLI
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

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Monday, April 27, 2015

GWOG'S TRIP TO THE MOON/ Space Fantasy Stamps by Eric Whollem/ The Postmaster of Gondwanaland Travels to the Moon/ PALEOWARP EXPRESS MAIL



GWOG'S TRIP TO THE MOON
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

GWOG'S TRIP TO THE MOON

After the Republic of the Moon developed time travel in the year 2215 A.D., they sent an expedition to earth. Arriving in the ancient civilization of Gondwanaland, they quickly became friends and began technological cooperation. Even a Gondwana-Loonese Postal Union was established. The Paleowarp is the name of the Time Travel Machine as dubbed by the Gondwana. It's prototype was the Loonese Warp Facilitator. (The folk of the Moon prefer to be called Loonese.)

One might well ask how Paleowarp time travel works. First, recognizing that three dimensional objects meet with more physical resistance, the Loonese Warp Facilitator was a device that allowed the time traveler to enter a two-dimensional 'envelope.' This envelope in essence allowed the time traveler to be 'mailed' to any place in space and time. Thus the cameo stamp of Gwog seen on this issue is really not so much a portrait of Gwog as a representation of the microchip used by Gwog for his Paleowarp Transference. These chips were manufactured in Gondwanaland, using the most recent flint knapping technologies.



GWOG'S TRIP TO THE MOON
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

Gwog, the Postmaster of Gondwanaland thus became the first Time Traveler from earth to the Moon, He adjusted his machine a bit roughly, arriving on the Moon in the year 1967. As he was travelling through a billion years of time, this was as close as he could get at first to the era of the Republic of the Moon, which he hoped to visit.

On the Moon he met a certain American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, Gwog greeted Neil, saying: 'One small step for Gwog, one great step for Gondwanakind.'

According to records, Neil had no memory of this encounter, perhaps a post traumatic trauma from seeing a Caveman on the Moon. But nevertheless this established Gwog as the first man on the Moon, as is recorded in the Annals of the Loonese.


GWOG'S TRIP TO THE MOON
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
copyright by the artist

Gwog, after searching around a bit, decided finally to go by Paleowarp to greet Quantus Qwo in Moonton for an exchange of official greetings and a bit of fun, seeing the sights of Loona. Mr. Qwo is Postmaster General of the Republic of the Moon, and had invited Gwog to visit him as soon as his time machine, or Warp Facilitator, as it is called, was in order.

Keep posted to this blog for more about the explorations of Gwog through Time and Space.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

PARAPHILATELIC CYBERMAIL/ A Letter to the Moon From Gondwanaland/ VIRTUAL STAMP COVER/ Gondwana Cinderella Stamps/ CYBERMAIL ART


A LETTER TO THE MOON FROM GONDWANALAND
2015
Eric Whollem
virtual stamp cover
copyright by the artist

THE PALEOWARP FACILITATOR

After Time Travel was successfully completed between the Moon and the ancient civilization of Gondwanaland, the use of the Loonese Warp Facilitator, a device allowing mail to be sent to any place in time, was developed in Gondwanaland. The only glitch was not knowing the names and addresses.

The Gondwana called their time warp mail delivery system the Paleowarp Facilitator.

The Republic of the Moon, recognizing the Gondwana desire for communications, sent a complete list of Loonese paraphilatelists to the Gondwana Postal Administration. Thus a new era of pen pals arose.
This greatly influenced the course of history.


THE WARPONAUGHT ARRIVES
2015
faux postage stamp from Gondwanaland
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

THE WARPONAUGHT

Aelurus was the first Time Traveler from the Moon. He is seen here in the petroglyphs of Gondwanaland depicted on this stamp, issued a billion years ago. Warponaught, like our word, Astronaut, indicates a space traveler. As time and space are pretty much the same thing.

Though the first expedition of Aelurus was a failure, his second was a phenomenal success. The Gondwana Loonese Postal Union was established and relations flourished between the countries.

Gondwana stamps are a bit more traditional than those of the Moon, utilizing dehydrated peterodactyl wing paper and extra virginal dinosaur inks, etc. while the stamps of the moon, after the great paper shortage of 2210 were printed on nanoplastic papers, from ores mined on the moons of Neptune and elsewhere in space.

The Loonese, or inhabitants of Loona, the location of the Republic of the Moon, were originally philatelists from earth, who seeing a decline in the use of stamps on earth, a planet plagued by anti-philatelic attitudes, migrated to the moon, not as colonists, but rather as people seeking philatelic freedom. Their logo is the Lunar Cinderella, known also as Lunar Liberty.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

MERMAID CYBERMAIL/ A Letter From a Silkie to the Empress of the Aquarian Age/ VIRTUAL STAMP ART by Eric Whollem/ FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS/ Paraphilatelic Mail







MERMAID MAIL FROM MERREMINDE TO AMPHORA
2015
Eric Whollem
fantasy mermaid mail
copyright by the artist


NEREID
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps from the Empire of  A,mphora
sheet of eight stamps
copyright by the artist

MERMAID FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS

Amphora has seen postal issues since about the year 2000, when I conceived the concept of the Continent of Amphora, rising from the waters in the Aquarian Age.

Merreminde has also issued stamps. Their mail service is subaquatic. Below is a a recent cyber edition of a stamp originally printed in 2001. These are virtual stamps.



BOAT OF THE MERAMAID
2009-2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps from Merreminde
sheet of four
copyright by the artist

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MERMAID CYBERMAIL/ Virtual Paraphilatelic Stamps & Cancels/ 'Nereid' by Eric Whollem/ FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS




MAIL FROM THE AMPHORAN POSTAL UNION
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic cybermail
copyright by the artist

MERMAID MAIL FROM AMPHORA

This letter is from the Library of Hippocampus, an ancient repository of the Knowledge of the Sea Horses. The Library houses unique books on the metaphysical lore of the Sea Horses.

The legend of VOLTUMNA is found in manuscript form in a special glass case beneath the sea, where it can easily be read by Aquatic folk of today.

Amphitritonia is a Kingdom in the northwest of Amphora. Hippocampus is the capital city of Amphitritonia, a member state of the Amphoran Postal Union, which includes Merreminde, the Isle of Buto, Delphys, and Nereidia, as well as remote outlying islands such as the Isle of Timbae and the Jessamine Isle.

'Nereid'
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp from Amphora
copyright by the artist

MERMAIDS ON STAMPS

The sculpture of this stamp is by Eric Whollem. Nereid means mermaid in Greek. According to the Greeks, the Nereids are saviors of sailors at sea.

The Map of Amphora is seen on the letter from the Library of Hippocampus. Amphora is the old name in astrology for the sign of Aquarius. Thus Amphora is the Continent of the Aquarian Age.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

PARAPHILATELIC CYBERMAIL/ '3rd Class Warp Mail With a Billion Year Old Cancellation' by Eric Whollem/ A LETTER TO GONDWANALAND FROM THE MOON


3rd CLASS WARP MAIL WITH A BILLION YEAR OLD CANCELLATION
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps/ cybermail
copyright by the artist

WARP MAIL FROM THE MOON

In the future the Moon developed a Time Machine that was useful in not only delivering mail, but also sending the mailman back in time. Why is it that we always talk about the future in the past tense?

This rare historical cover from Binky and Boscoe's Paraphilatelic Museum on Titania, the Moon of Neptune tells all. Pappy Pete, whose antique 1952 Remington typewriter addressed this envelope, was a collector of relics from earth.

He probably thought that he could get stuff on the cheap from Gondwanaland.

Here he writes to the Sabertooth Pawnshop in Western Gondwanaland. The cover is graced by not only the star shaped cancellations from the Republic of the Moon, but a billion year old cancellation from the Gondwanaland Post Office, saying 'Received 1,000,000.000 B.C.E.'


TIMBUKONE

Timbukone, in the desert of Western Gondwanaland, was the locale of the site that is now known as Timbuktu. 

Sabertooth Pawnshop is just one of many businesses found in the Cave Mall found there. See my map below for the exact location.

MAP OF GONDWANALAND
2004
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

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Friday, April 17, 2015

CERAMIC GODDESS SCULPTURE/ 'Liban' by Eric Whollem/ FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE/ Irish Mythology/ CELTIC MYTH




LIBAN
ceramic sculpture
white clay with oxides
Eric Whollem
c. 2004
copyright by the artist

LIBAN IN IRISH MYTHOLOGY

Liban or Li Ban appears twice in Irish mythology. Once in a tale of Cu Chulain. And again as a sister of Fand in another story where she is transformed into a mermaid.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS from the MOON/ 'Lunar Liberty' by Eric Whollem/ Space Fantasy Stamps/ CYBERSTAMPS/ Digital Embossing


LUNAR LIBERTY
2015
EricWhollem
faux postage stamps from the Repblic of the Moon
copyright by the artist
LUNAR LIBERTY
2015
EricWhollem
faux postage stamp from the Repblic of the Moon
copyright by the artist

LUNAR LIBERTY

These stamps were created by a group of philatelists, who finding that earth's postal systems had been taken over by emails, etc. decided to migrate to the Moon, to establish a nation where traditional stamp values could follow the tradtions dear to their hearts. :)  Lunar Liberty is the logo of the Republic of the Moon, otherwise known as the Lunar Cinderella.

The script on the stamp was created by Cudley, the first postmaster of the Moon. The dialect of the Moon is Loonese. The Loonese refer to the moon as Loona. The Asteri is the currency of  The Republic of the Moon.

LUNAR LIBERTY
2015
EricWhollem
faux postage stamp from the Repblic of the Moon
copyright by the artist
LUNAR LIBERTY
2015
EricWhollem
faux postage stamp from the Repblic of the Moon
copyright by the artist

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CERAMIC SCULPTURES/ Horse and Rider/ Eric Whollem/ FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE/ Mythographic Art




HORSE AND RIDER SCULPTURES
2004
Eric Whollem
ceramic sculptures
with wooden and glass beads, red leather cord, hammered coppper and oxides on white clay
photo by M. Spielmann
copyright by the artist
HORSE AND RIDER 

One finds many horse and rider ceramic sculptures mostly in the Mediterranean region of the world. These are separated by many hundreds of years, so they do not share a common cultural relationship or tradition. These represent a popular theme in the human imagination.

I have created quite a few similar scuptures over the years. This photo was taken near Yosemite Park in California.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS/ With Cybermail from the Republic of the Moon/ 'The Warp Facilitator' by Eric Whollem/ SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY STAMPS/ Cyberstamps


REPUBLIC OF THE MOON
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp
copyright by the artist
CYBERMAIL ART
2015
Eric Whollem
Republic of the Moon
copyright by the artist

CYBERMAIL ART FROM THE MOON

This philatelic fantasy cover is written from the lunar space agency to the postmaster of the Moon. Everything you see here is digital; the stamps, the handstamp, the envelope and the postal cancellation and the labels.

Cybermail differs from 'mail art' in that it exists only  in cyberspace, which is about as close as we can get to the Moon at this period of time. LOL.

REPUBLIC OF THE MOON
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp
copyright by the artist


THE WARP FACILITATOR

This stamp shows Aelurus, an astronaut (or 'Warponaught') from the Republic of the Moon in the year 2215. At this time the Loonese (inhabitants of Loona, or the Moon, as we call it), were developing Time Travel.

These stamps are posited as being issued by the Moonton Mint, a government printing house on Loona.

This is a definitive issue, for general postal use on the Moon. The Asteri is the currency of Loona.

REPUBLIC OF THE MOON
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp
copyright by the artist
REPUBLIC OF THE MOON

2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp
copyright by the artist

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Monday, April 13, 2015

CYBERMAIL ART/ A Cover From the Republic of the Moon by Eric Whollem/ Space Fantasy Stamps/ CYBERSTAMPS




REPUBLIC OF THE MOON CYBERMAIL ART COVER
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist

CYBERMAIL ART FROM THE MOON

The Republic of the Moon began developing Time Travel in the year 2215. :) They called their machine the Warp Facilitator. Unfortunately due to the fact that their astronaut (Warponaught) Aelurus came into contact with Pappy Pete's flintlock firearm, a relic from ancient history on earth, he inadvertently became tainted with archaic bear DNA from the bear grease used to keep the relic in working order.

To make a long story short, Aelurus was transformed into a bear on the Time Travel Mission. Because of this, Pappy Pete lost his job as security guard at the Warp Facilitator, and was demoted to a job at the Moonton Zoo, feeding the bears. Aelurus was assigned to cage 42. Pappy loaned Aelurus his antique 1952 Remington typewriter, so he could write his memoirs, and also send out mail, etc. 

Aelurus wrote this letter to the National Warponaughtic and Space Administration Payroll Division, as somehow they had forgotten to pay him his severance pay. This letter was sent at the Zoomorphic Rate, a boon to Aelurus. This is much cheaper than the Non-profit  Organization postal rate on the Moon. 

Quantus Qwo, Warponaughtic Associate, and Postmaster General of the Moon, remarks: 'Though Aelurus's accomplishments in Time are now delimited by his transformation into a werebear, he now has an honorary position at the Moonton Zoo, as a chief attraction. He is very happy now as all the children of the Moon love his tricks and how he speaks such perfect Loonese.'

LOL


CYBERMAIL

Cybermail Art differs from 'Mail Art' in that it is entirely computer generated. Mail Art traditionally is mail sent through the physical mail. Mail Art is a popular genre for many stamp enthusiasts.

Everything on this cover is digital: the stamp, the cancellation, etc. 



 
THE WARP FACILITATOR
faux postage stamp from the Republic of the Moon
Eric Whollem
2015
copyright by the artist

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

CONCOW MAIDU FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS/ 'Kuksu and Morningstar' by Eric Whollem/ MAIDU MYTHOLOGY/ The Maidu Adam and Eve



KUKSU AND MORNINGSTAR
2015
Maidem Kodom/ Mooretown Provisional Post Office
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps
copyright by the artist

KUKSU & MORNINGSTAR

Kuksu is said by the Concow Maidu Indians of Northern California to be the first man. He and his bride Morningstar were created of mud on Table Mountain in Butte County, California. Kuksu is the basis of what is known as the Kuksu Cult, an important indigenous religion of early California.

The beliefs in Kuksu are found among many tribes through the state: the  Nisenan, the Pomo, the Wintun, the Miwok, the Cato, and the Patwin. The basic common thread among the practitioners of this religion is the emphasis on dreams as the basis of knowledge. Dreams are studied by initiates. Usually the leaders of the various tribes are proficient in dream recollection and interpretation.

Click on Maidem Kodom on my Art Blog search labels list and you will pull up images of more stamps of Maidem Kodom.

KUKSU AND MORNINGSTAR
2015
Maidem Kodom/ Mooretown Provisional Post Office
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps
copyright by the artist

MAIDEM KODOM

Maidem Kodom means The Country of the People in the dialect of the Concow Maidu. As a fantasy stamp designer, I chose this name for the issuing postal service for these stamps. Of course, such a postal service only exists in imagination. 

I have dedicated this stamp to the memory of Herb Puffer, who was the owner of Pacific Western Traders in Folsom, California. He was a philanthropist who helped the Native Americans of California in keeping alive the unique traditions of the indigenous peoples of California. I know, for example, that he bought costumes for the Yokut Indian traditional dancers of the San Joaquin Valley. He also helped produce a record of Maidu traditional music on vinyl. Much more can be attributed to this man who invited me to his Pow Wows in Folsom.

KUKSU AND MORNINGSTAR
2015
Maidem Kodom/ Mooretown Provisional Post Office
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps
copyright by the artist

CHI CHI TE

Chi Chi Te, or Black Earth Village, is a place that I lived off an on for many years back in the 20th century. My friends and neighbors were Concow Maidu Indians.

You will notice that in the design of this stamp is a bear mask. The black bear, or Pano, is sacred to the Maidu.

Also you might notice that elements of lithic culture, or stone flaking for arrowheads or other stone tools is used the designs seen on this stamp. The large figure in the center is Kuksu. Morningstar is up to the left.

Chi Chi Te is just one traditional village site on Mooretown Ridge in the Feather Falls area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

KUKSU AND MORNINGSTAR
2015
Maidem Kodom/ Mooretown Provisional Post Office
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps
copyright by the artist
KUKSU AND MORNINGSTAR
2015
Maidem Kodom/ Mooretown Provisional Post Office
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamps
copyright by the artist

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