28th National Post Card Week May 2011

Ford Water Meter Box 2011 PC

National Post Card Week is celebrated during the first full week of May.

One hundred or more aficionados participate in this exchange.  Deltiologist is another name for a post card enthusiast.  Many of the participants have chosen themes such as famous people, pets, historic places, holidays, worthy causes and humorous situations. Speaking of humor, one post card pen pal sends out cartoons of out houses seen on her travels.

My NPCW issues since 1992 can be viewed on my website.   From this page one can link to information about the NPCW Directory,  the history and photo post cards of NPCW, and where to purchase my post cards.

May 1-7, 2011 is also  National Drinking Water Week.

How fitting is my post card theme for this year for Water Week. The shot of Ford Meter Box Cover was actually taken on a street in the hamlet of St. James, NY on Long Island. The negative was developed in a dark room during an Adult Education Class I took in Photography. Digital photography is so much easier to manipulate now, but I am glad that I saved my one piece of artful black and white photography.

“The United States has one of the safest public drinking water supplies in the world.  Tap water not only provides water for daily activities such as drinking, bathing, and cooking, but it also benefits the entire community by providing water to serve businesses, schools, and hospitals, and to promote dental health.

 National Drinking Water Week is  an annual observance whose theme “Only Tap Water Delivers” underscores the many services provided by public drinking water systems in the United States .”  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Announcement: National Drinking Water Week — May 2–8, 2010

27 replies on “28th National Post Card Week May 2011”

Hi Bobbi,

Thanks for the post cards and updates. Glad your work is on exhibit.

Best wishes,
Mimi Melnick
Author of “Manhole Covers”

Hi Bobbi
Thank you so much for your 2 NPCW 2011 Post Cards.
Your cards truly are works of art.
Your Lonesome Dove Friend,
Barbara Turnbull
Post Card Pen Pal

Thank You! and WoW!! for the really neat NPCW
Card of a Water Cover

-Lew Baer
A NPCW Pen Pal from CA

Hi Bobbi,
I really enjoy your manhole cover and water cover post cards.
What a Great Idea!
Fran Stains
NPCW Pen Pal
San Antonio TX

Hi Bobbi,
I really enjoy your post cards and your theme.
What a great Idea!
Fran Stains,
NPCW Pen Pal

Hi Bobbi,
Wonderful Post card!
Keep on with all your creative
Sandy Wicker

Since Edwin Ford patented his water meter box in 1899, we have created more than 50 different meter lid patterns in 300 variations. You will see a request below for a few items I think you may enjoy. Please enjoy these posters and book and if I can help you in any way please let me know.

Amanda, please send Bobbi a couple of our meter lid posters and a “new heights” poster. Also send along one of our history books and one of our anniversary cover/lid.

Thanks! Charles Chapman
Advertising Manager

Ford Meter Box
775 Manchester Ave.
PO Box 443
Wabash, IN 46992-0433

Always look forward to you cards. They were received in fine order.
Happy National POSTCARD Week
Susan Lane
for the Taconic Postcard Club

It was nice to see your name on the email list. I don’t spend much time on the email anymore, I get too many and can never finish reading them. Most are fwds,

I am glad you both seem to be enjoying your retirement to Florida.
I am happy for you both. I hope you have a pleasant spring down there and enjoy Easter when it comes.

I think of you and your very creative artwork often.
What a collection of post cards you have created. Enjoy.
Fr. Joe Girzone
Author of the “Joshua” Series

Got your 2011 NPCW card.
Another interesting card of yours to add to my collection.
Eileen Goldschmidt NPCW Trader

Hi Bobbi,
I always look forward to your great grate cards. I thought of you when I saw the news articles I have enclosed.
“Sewer Grates Swiped” and “Grates: Uncovered Holes a Safety Problem.” Sad State of Affairs.
Sharon A.Damkaer
NPCW Pen Pal

Hi Bobbi from your post card compadre in Arizona,
Thanks for the post cards.
I bet your artistic pursuits have opened a lot of doors/opportunities.
Enjoy life and have a great summer.
Jean M Lewis

I just love the cards you have done over the years Bobbi!
Your grate works are realy GREAT!
I always look forward to seeing what you will come up with for NPCW every year, And I hope you feel the same with me too.
My lighthouse cards are so well recieved by NPCW collectors and LH lovers
all over the states.

Hi Bobbi:
Thanks for keeping in touch. I love to see what past PACE (Postcard Art Competition & Exhibition) artists are up to. Why don’t you enter this time? Check it out at The deadline is July 11th. pace email:

Debra Gust
Image and Licensing Specialist
Curt Teich Postcard Archives
Lake County Discovery Museum
27277 Forest Preserve Road
Wauconda, IL 60084
phone 847-968-3381

Hi Bobbi,
Thank you for your grate NPCW card! I didn’t make a NPCW Card, but I have all your “grate” cards in an album.
Grace Marton
in California

Congratulations on your exhibits. I love your work ad always look forward to your post cards.
Marjorie Lamprecht
Vintage Views for Ohio

Dear Bobbi,
Your NPCW Card was impressive as usual and I appreciate you sending me one. I tell myself I’ll make a card–have ideas for designs, but never get there. So I think you are wonderful to do them so beautifully like you do. They are real works of art.

Would love to have gone to your exhbit in Kissimmee or see the exhibit at The Butler in Ohio this summer.
Sending a token of thanks and much love.
You are inspiring.
Penny Blanchette from TX

Hello Bobbi,
Thanks for your NPCW Card and the notice of your piece at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown Ohio. I passed on the notice to a friend who lives there.
It is only an hour from me, so I will try to go too.
Take Care.
Enjoy the Summer!
Christina Getrost

Dear Bobbi,
I love the assortment of fifty post cards I purchased from you.
I will keep some and send some to special people. Your business card makes a lovely book mark.
Hal loves the Art Carney Post card you penned to him.
Thank you.
Rosalie and Hal Placet

Hi Bobbi,
Thanks for the link on October Manhole Madness
I hope things are going well.
FYI – the reason Puerto Rico does not blow away in a hurricane is
because of all the Ford Meter Boxes holding the island down.
A little meter box humor☺


Dear Michelle,

I sure do miss Mimi Melnick. We were Pen Pals for over 20 years.
I also miss Father Joe Girzone who wrote all of those inspirational Joshua Books.

Did you note the comments above from Charles Chapman at Ford Meter Box?

“Grate wishes” for more Great Stories on your blog for October Manhole Madness.”
Bobbi Mastrangelo

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