27th National Post Card Week

Celebrates Art Carney as Ed Norton
 2010 Art Carney NPCW

 27th National Post Card Week   
Art Carney’s Ed Norton was the undisputed king of the city sewer system.  After Carney received a press release saying Mastrangelo’s 1994 exhibit of manhole art at The New York Hall of Science “would make Art Carney proud,” he penned her a personal note.

I got a kick out of the material and pictures you sent,” wrote Carney. He also sent Bobbi an autographed photo of Ed Norton climbing out through a manhole chimney.

Please check out this year’s post card and former cards on my National Post Card Week  Page.

Bobbi Mastrangelo- Postcards -“The Grate Works” -transforms manhole covers, sewers and grates into artistic streetscapes.

27 Responses to “27th National Post Card Week”

  1. Bobbi Mastrangelo Says:

    About Art Carney,

    In 1996, I sent my NPCW “Borough of Manhattan” post card to my Post Card Pen Pals. Included was an article about my “Carney Connection.”

    Evelyn Adcock who did postage-stamped themed
    cards for NPCW made this comment: Your Grate Card
    is Great!

    Don’t suppose you could get permission to
    use the Art Carney photo for an NPCW Card.
    It wouldn’t hurt to ask.

    Ah! the power of suggestion lingered and I finally got to it!

  2. John Staub of OR Says:

    Dear Bobbi,
    Thank you for another great NPCW Card. I always liked Art Carney, especially in The Honeymooners. I just fixed a couple of toilets at my Hillsboro Armory, so I can relate to good old wise cracking “Ed Norton.”

    It looks like you have several ongoing exhibitions of your art with your manhole cover theme that is so universal.

    I’ve made several different cards based on two NW Centennials; Glacier National Park and Oregon’s Pendleton Round-ups.

    I hope you enjoy them and I am looking forward to seeing your post cards in the NPCW directory and on Demaris Swint’s NPCW website.
    Take Care!
    John Staub
    Aloha Oregon

  3. Mimi Melnick Says:

    Hi Bobbi,

    Thanks for the post card–a “grate” collector’s item.

    Author of “Manhole Covers”

  4. Claude Brassard Says:

    Hello Bobbi,
    It’s been a nice surprise to receive your NPCW card today. Quite original indeed and I do appreciate it for my collection. Tomorrow, I’ll be mailing one of my NPCW postcard that i realize for this year.
    Best Regards,
    Claude Brassard
    NPCW Pen Pal

  5. Susan Lane Says:

    Greetings Bobbi,

    Received your NPCW greetings. Many thanks and the same good collecting wishes to you. Art Carney lives on in the hearts of all manhole cover lovers . . . and others.

    Susan Lane
    New York
    Taconic Post Card Club

  6. Marilyn Abt Says:

    Good Morning, Bobbi!

    Your post card came yesterday!!! I did not know that Art Carney had written to you!!! And, of course, I should have thought about it as I did remember him and the sewer!!!! What a perfect ‘poster boy’ for your work!!!! This is fun!!!! I do save these cards and have quite a collection now. This is a good one.
    I also like your ‘Molly’ card from “American Pride” and use it as a bookmark when reading.
    You are clever!!!
    Your former Pt Jeff, NY neighbor

  7. Jim Staub from CA Says:

    Enjoyed your NPCW efforts this year, especially the Tribute to Art Carney. What a perfect connection to your art.
    I sat next to Art Carney at a theatre in Pasadena early in the 1970’s. Sweet guy!
    Jim Staub
    Pasadena CA

  8. Your Cousin Shirley Says:


    To my famous cousin
    Thanks for the latest info on your projects. The Art Carney one is one to remember! Don’t know how you keep up!

    I have some autographs of some famous stars–but would have to dig deep to find them. However, I have one star with whom I posed for a picture and he autographed it. That was TOM JONES!!! Have it framed on a table in the bedroom!
    That was my brush with fame!!!

    Keep up all those energized projects.
    Your Cousin,
    Shirley LLoyd

  9. John Staub Says:

    Hi Bobbi,
    One of my favorite NPCW cards for 2010. This looks like me at work somedays so maybe I’m a little partial to old Art Carney? Thanks again for the card, Bobbi. Hope you got mine.
    Your NPCW friend,
    John Staub (Twin Brother of Jim Staub)
    Oregon USA

  10. Barbara Turnbull Says:

    Hi Bobbi,
    I enjoy doing NPCW so much.
    Your post cards will add so much to my collection.
    Barbara Turnbull
    NPCW Pen Pal
    Mission TX

  11. Cynthia Skura (Tia) Says:

    Hi Bobbi,
    Thank you so much for sending this to me. I love
    the Art Carney post card – it is a trip- and will share it
    with some devoted fans and fellow lovers of the Honeymooners.
    Finished college and graduating on the 13 th of June.
    Mostly, hope all is well and keep up the Grate works!!!!!
    PS shared your post cards to the troops with John the
    Photographer. He loved it!
    Good Luck
    With Love, Tia

  12. Ellen Gordon, Your Novel Group Book Buddy Says:

    The 2010 NPCW News is a treasure trove of information. Plus Roger and I both love the autographed post cards featuring Art Carney.
    What a treat! You have such an interesting life. When I hear stories of all the people with whom you connect all over the world, I am truly amazed. You are a treasure.

    Ellen, PTC Graduate of your Positive Thinking Coaching.
    (pursuing post-graduate field work in PT. The job never ends!)

  13. Thomas A. Franko Says:

    Thank you for the very special NPCW post card. Good Old Norton. He is pictured just as I remembered him.

    Tom A. Franko
    The Arizona Steelworker.

  14. Harriet Fitzsimons Says:

    Thank you for your kind thoughts about
    my love of birds and wildlife around solivita.
    I am so amazed about your connection with Art Carney.
    I remember “The Honeymooners” and watched it weekly.

  15. Valaria Wolfe Says:

    Dear Bobbi,
    What a nice surprise receiving your special card for NPCW.
    Your selection of manhole art is quite interesting. It sure
    provides pleasant memories of Art Carney in “The Honeymooners”
    to which Old Folks can easily relate.
    Stay well, be happy, do the things you enjoy!
    Valeria Wolf
    Nipomo CA

  16. Lorene Swank of Indianapolis Says:

    Hi Bobbi,
    Your Art Carney Card is so appropriate!!
    One of my all time favorite shows. Neat!
    Thanks for your Grate Card!

  17. Susan G. Hammond Says:

    Dear Bobbi –
    What a nice surprise….Loved this image and note from Art Carney. Also watched “The Honeymooners” all the time and taped quite a few segments last New Years Eve.

    Thanks for sending your email.

    Susan G. Hammond
    Executive Director
    National Association of Women Artists

  18. Dan Lane Says:

    TRIVIA: in the autographed photo of Art Carney he is exiting a manhole. What manhole is it? The standard NYC DEP manhole? Water? Sewer? Transit? Port Authority? Parks?
    PATH? (Yes, PATH has been around since the late 1800s.) WSNY? H&M RR?

    I know the answer.

    It might even make a nice painting/postcard to add to your collection!

    My very best regards,

  19. Dan Lane Says:

    Dear Bobbi,
    Long time – no hear! I hope you and your family are well.
    Florida huh…gimme a break. hahahahah
    I still show off your postcards every chance I get and think of you and your artwork often.

    I have acquired the remainder of Flockhart Foundry’s drawings.
    These are basically simple drawings. But they were used to make the wooden patterns of the items. Some ARE good enough to matte and frame.They are pencil and/or ink on velum, mylar, or linen. My intention is to sell them online as works of art.

    My very best regards,
    Dan Lane
    Former Employee of Campbell Foundry

  20. Trish Haygood Says:

    Thanks, Bobbi,
    I have always loved Art Carney.
    Good for you!
    Trish Haygood,
    Editor of Oxymoron

  21. Walt Kransky Says:

    Hi Bobbi
    Guess what Sold some of the Grateworks cards !!
    2 each of GT1,2,3,5 In the Grates Listing.
    Am trying to seee where else I can link to it.
    Will start an account file for you and share the profit, even though you told me to keep it all for the 20 cards. If more orders arrive will let you know when I run out.


    It sure takes time for collectors to find things. Guess Google and yahoo, etc. are finally picking it up in their indexing.
    Walter Kransky


  22. Vic Bonneville Says:

    I love the Art Carney post card!!

    vic bonneville

  23. Charles Chapman Says:

    I received your post cards today. Thanks you so much.
    I especially like the Art Carney card. I remember watching
    reruns of the Honeymooners with my parents.
    I’ll be sure to stay in touch as interesting things may
    come my way that may could interest grateworks.
    Ford Meter Box Co.

  24. Rosalie Placet Says:

    Hal loves his Art Carney Card.
    Rosalie Placet

  25. Mary Anne, former H.S. Classmate Says:

    Loved receiving your post card of The Art Carney Photo signed to you. I haven’t thought of Ed Norton in years. It was a funny and enjoyable show. I remember Jackie Gleason as King of Carnival in New Orleans many years ago. Was fun to go back there for a minute.
    Wish you all the best, and congratulate you on all your success. You have a gift and by using it you make the world richer and in so doing you enrich yourself and your family. You are truly blessed. Wish you all the best in 2013.
    Your Maryvale High School Classmate,
    Mary Anne Haring Sanchez.

  26. Nunzio & Rose Cazzetta Says:

    We love your post cards especially “Art Carney.” Quite an honor and you deserve it.
    We always appreciated your art. We still have one of your first pieces, a woodcut: “Thalia”-‘87-lady in blue holding and picking flowers.
    Not sure if I ever told you that as a “kid” in Brooklyn I always looked at “manhole covers”-the art work always caught my eye, as well as the inscription such as “DWS”- as a Brooklyn kid we had our own definition for the letters.
    I continue my work with the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation –we are quickly moving towards a gene therapy cure-soon.
    Stay well
    Love and peace

  27. admin Says:

    About Art Carney,

    In 1996, along with my “Borough of Manhattan” grate post card,
    I included an article about my “Carney Connection.”

    Evelyn Adcock who did postage-stamped themed
    cards for NPCW made this comment: Your Grate Card
    is Great! Don’t suppose you could get permission to
    use the Art Carney photo for an NPCW Card.
    It wouldn’t hurt to ask.

    Ah! the power of suggestion.

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