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michael78651
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24 Oct 2015
11:09:28pm
I have run across three covers that were created by a prison inmate. Here is a snippet of each one:

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They are all done on business-sized envelopes. I only showed the central portion of each, and cropped out the sender and recipient names and addresses.

So, of course my question runs towards the sale-ability of these pieces and their worth. Any ideas?
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purrfin2
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25 Oct 2015
07:01:20am
re: Prison Inmate-Drawn Covers

I think the "worth" of the cover would really depend on the prisoner. If he's a serial killer or a very bad person they may be worth more than a prisoner who's in for just wife beating. And that's not to say the wife beater or child molester shouldn't be locked up for a long time, but what is their notoriety? So who is the sender?

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2010ccg
25 Oct 2015
08:56:00am
re: Prison Inmate-Drawn Covers

Always interesting history...... a lot like trench art.....

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ikeyPikey
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25 Oct 2015
11:19:01am
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Notorious Prison Convict's Hand-Drawn Postcards

Q/ Am I the only one who wonders if 'UK' derives from 'Unbearably Kwirky'?

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michael78651
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25 Oct 2015
01:04:27pm
re: Prison Inmate-Drawn Covers

I got these out of a storage locker that I won in an auction.

Not sure why this guy (from Mexico) is in prison down near the border with Mexico, but I have some suspicions.

One thing about buying these storage lockers is that you do learn alot about the people who abandoned them.

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25 Oct 2015
01:59:23pm
re: Prison Inmate-Drawn Covers

i may be the only accumulator of prisoner mail on SOR. It came about when I was editing a men's journal, and, as demonstrated by your covers, Michael, many men in prison have inner selves that are only finding their way out AFTER incarceration.

No idea of value. I see the many wonderful ACE creations often go begging.

I do find them extraordinarily interesting.

David

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valarie
27 Oct 2015
06:22:24am
re: Prison Inmate-Drawn Covers

Hi! David What is ACE?
I am a RN in the Texas prison system. The inmates receive letters and the stamps always receive a hole punch so that the prisoners can not re-use the stamps. Some live for their letters and they are always writing as I pass their rooms. On occasion, I sometimes find myself envying the inmates for having time to read a book, write a letter, doodle artwork or just socialize. They are usually murders or child molesters, I have not the heart to look up their crime. I am told that you can tell an inmate is lying when they open their mouths! Some collect stamps! Anyway, my point is...finding yourself after incarceration is pretty sad. Valarie

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27 Oct 2015
08:36:12am
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Hi Valarie,

ACE is Artistic Cover Exchange. Members create artistic covers they send each other. The Cleveland contingent, in the mid-90s, focused on the Indians, who were a dominant baseball club at the moment (in between immense and profound droughts); many will do themes that interest them.

there typically isn't a lot of secondary market interest in them. Roy often has a nice selection in his buck o cover grouping, and I've purchased a few that fit my funny bone.


David

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