Thursday, November 13, 2014

Irv Rastin Writes the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Asks if His Dollars Are Keeping up with Inflation

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Irv Rastin Writes Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry, on Whom His Sarcasm Is Lost

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Monday, September 29, 2014

More Signed and Numbered Giclée Prints Available

The following prints, each in an edition of 45, are available:

"Supper Club"
"Supper Club" is on 11x14" archival art paper; image size is approximately 9x12". $45.00, includes shipping.

"11th and Rhode Island"
"11th and Rhode Island" is on 11x14" archival art paper; image size is approximately 9x12". $45.00, includes shipping. This is the recently demolished Diamond Cab HQ building at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW, in DC.

"Bread Factory"
"Bread Factory" is on 12x9" archival art paper; image size is approximately 6.8x5". $30.00, includes shipping.This is the Wonder Bread Factory at 641 S St., NW, in DC. This is a 2003 view of the west facade seen from 7th St.

"Mavie"
"Mavie" is on 11x14" archival art paper; image size is approximately 9x10.8". $45.00, includes shipping.

"Enter Here (Durham)"
"Enter Here (Durham)" is on 12x15" archival art paper; image size is approximately 9x12". $45.00, includes shipping. This is the Liberty Cafe in Durham, currently being redeveloped.

Email me at chris[at]goodwinart.com if you want a print.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Giclée Prints of New Painting "Enter Here (Durham)" Featuring the Liberty Cafe Available



I will have a limited run of signed and numbered giclée prints available in the next week or so.  Paper is 12" x 15", approximate image size 9" x 12". If you want one, email me at chris [at] goodwinart.com. $45.00 including shipping.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old El Paso Replies to My Letter of Complaint with a Box o' Stuff



Here's a consumer complaint letter I sent to General Mills. (The cardboard I enclosed was the proof of purchase). Above is the loot they sent.

Christopher Goodwin
PO Box 676
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Juliana Chugg
Senior Vice President; President, Meals
General Mills Corporation
1 General Mills Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55426

September 27, 2013

Dear Ms. Chugg:

The enclosed bit of cardboard packaging from a 10-count box of Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells has essentially the same mouth feel and flavor profile as the unfortunate taco shells the box contained. I am not mad, exactly, but you could definitely paint me with a Disappointed Brush, if painting is a hobby you enjoy.

In recent weeks I had come to rely on Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells—with their authentic Mexican roots—as the perfect container for my tasty Cole-Slaw-Textured-Vegetable-Protein-Canned-Corn-Broad-Bean-Garlic-Chili-Paste-‘n’-Catsup taco slurry.

It was with confidence and even a bit of swagger that I opened the 10-count box of Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells in question; after all, wasn’t the “BETTER IF USED BY” date well off into the undiscovered land of the future? November 22, 2013 seemed very far off. Surely the Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells would be as crisp and fresh as every other 10-count box of Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells that I had bartered for over the previous weeks were. (By the way, while it is an unusual tribute, having the 10-count box of Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells expire on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s expiration, is nevertheless powerfully moving. I have no doubt that our fallen leader would have loved Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells if he had not been killed by Kevin Costner. Or was it Gary Oldman?)

As you may have deduced by now, I would like a refund for my 10-count box of Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells, nothing less and nothing more. I’m sure that the 10-count box of stale Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells was an exceptional mistake, flukey in the flukiest imaginable way.

Everybody likes a little lettuce with their tacos, so I enclose $2.00 cash to incentivize the prompt processing of my refund for the 10-count box of Old El Paso® Stand ‘n Stuff™ taco shells.

Off to the supermarket! I remain,
Your svt. &c.,

Christopher Goodwin

P.S.: I still very much enjoy your Fri-Tos salty snack product!



Friday, January 31, 2014

Postcard Diaspora: Portage, Michigan 1976




Mailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Portage, Michigan, on February 22, 1976. "I'M IN HEAVEN. NEVER DREAMED I COULD BE SO HAPPY. AMEN. STAYING WITH FRIENDS TILL I SIGN A LEASE. NO YMCA WITH ROOMS HERE. HOTELS TOO EXPENSIVE. SEND MAIL PLEASE TO: [address]." I'll mail this today to the Portage address.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Postcard Diaspora: Portsmouth, England 1982




Postcard mailed from Florida to Portsmouth, England, on July 14, 1982. Message: Dear Vicky, A little song from an old friend. BLOOD ON THE SADDLE [musical notation]. (sung an octave lower) Love to all from Charlie. I'll mail this to the Portsmouth address today.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Washington, DC, 1946




Postcard mailed from Boston to Washington, DC, on August 13, 1946. Message: One more French librarian may turn up (did [?] Guinard ever appear?) This one is a young girl - very nice Miss Penard (Paula Nancie Penard). She is from the library at Le Havre. She will be in Washington soon. P.M. I'll mail this to the Washington address today.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Watertown, New York, 1973




Postcard mailed from Hawaii to Watertown, New York, on April 7, 1973. Message: Dear Mom and Dad – We are watching the "Brady Bunch" when they were in Hawaii. Yesterday received a packet which contained a felt calendar with a variety of ways to make a design. It looks like a good project but do not want to put all that time into a calendar so shall do a felt picture. Thanks very much...if you were the ones to send it to me. Received a letter from Judy today. So this is the weekend and must work on my income tax. Take care – Love, Jo. I'll mail this to the Watertown address today.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Postcard Diaspora: Sheffield Lake, Ohio 1964




Postcard mailed from Emporium, Pennsylvania, to Sheffield Lake, Ohio, on July 11, 1964. Message: Hi Boobs. This is sort of the vicinity we are in. Nothing except nothing here in Poverty Pa. Really looks poor. Be good. Patricia. I'll mail this to the Sheffield Lake address today.