Daily Archives: April 7, 2017

“Matchbox” trade, Tiny Collage Art

I was following a French  artist on Facebook who initiated a matchbox exchange. The photos of the ones he had received showed them filled with tiny items, pictures, charms,etc.  I decided to accept the challenge,  but instead of a matchbox, I  used an old box for reinforcements. (As it turned out, that wasn’t the best choice).
I found an old Conoco trip log from the 1930’s with various graphics that I liked and superimposed them on an old map, then added images to the back and sides. I intended to glue in an old race car from a Monopoly game, but I couldn’t find one without spending money, so I had to skip it.
When I packaged it up in a padded envelope to mail, the Post Office told me it would cost almost $14 to mail it first class! They said it was over 3/4 of an inch thick, and was not uniform in size (it made a lump in the packet, not a smooth item that filled the envelope space). To send it as a small package would have cost even more and involved a customs form as well. I could have saved some thickness by using a regular matchbox, but I didn’t feel like starting over and it still wouldn’t have had the dimensions they expected for a first class letter.
So I told him I couldn’t send it, after all.