Go Postal! Contest
We here at Downhome magazine are no strangers to mail. Every month we receive hundreds of envelopes containing everything from letters and photographs to contest entries and subscription renewal forms. Every piece of mail is opened and then sorted, the stamps are ripped off and saved (Vince H.s dad is a collector), and then the envelopes are usually tossed into the recycling bin. But occasionally we get a package thats exceptional, not only for its content but also because of its creative packaging.
Take the heart-shaped envelope we received last December. Our publisher Ron Young (seen here) thought it was a love note for him (hey, it has happened) but it actually contained some press releases for St. Johns band Mopey Mumble Mouse and their debut CD.
This great package got us thinking about other fun mail weve received in the past, such as the manila envelope that arrived in our offices March 2005 (above). It was sent to us by Peter Picco of Freshwater, Newfoundland, and the mailing address could barely be seen for all the doodling. On the front were various sketches and scrawls with a political bent and on the back were written brain teasing quizzes.
By far the most beautiful envelope we have ever received, however, was sent to us by artist Edwin Hollett of Centreville, Nova Scotia, back in 1994. Edwin is a talented illustrator who is particularly skilled at drawing famous ships like the Caribou, the Northern Ranger and the SS Kyle (which his father first sailed on in 1925). He sent us a few of his samples and then proceeded to turn the envelope into another sample of his work. We like it so much, we cant bring ourselves to throw it out, even after 12 years!
We know we have many other creative readers out there, so weve decided to host a contest. The next time you send us a photo, story or subscription renewal, dress up the envelope. Paint a picture, attach some stickers, write some prose, whatever it takes to make the envelope stand out from the typical white and manila ones. Well feature the best entries in an upcoming issue of the magazine and for those who we think have done an exceptional job, well reward them with Downhome Dollars, redeemable at our store and through mail order.
So break out those postage stamps and put on your creative hats. Were looking forward to seeing all those pieces of art in our next mailbag.
Here's our address:
43 James Lane
St. John's, NL