Friday, December 18, 2009

a n a c h r o n i s t i c :: Twitter

Retrotweeting 2009
Done on MacBook 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with Gimp 2.6.4

I thought of this while composing a blog post on ThickCulture {I'm still thinking about that one}.  It is a follow-up to a n a c h r o n i s t i c :: Toronto, which featured a découpage of 8 maps of Toronto through the centuries.  The current images are of a postcard that is temporally confused, consisting of a Twitter tweet, but on an old postcard with old stamps.  The background of the back of postcard is from a Google image search, as are the stamps, which are all Canadian.  There are three 15¢ stamps which were "surtax" or semipostal stamps {10¢ postage + 5¢ tax}, intended to raise revenues to help pay for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal—XXI.  These were issued over two years before the event, on 17 April 1974.  The 52¢ stamp is from 2008, commemorating the 400 year anniversary of the founding of Québec.  It was designed by Jorge Peral, artistic director of the Canadian Bank Note Company.  The 1¢ stamp was issued over 10 years ago, on 29 April 1999.  It was part of a series featuring traditional trades.  The one featured is bookbinding/reliure.  The postage adds up to 98¢, the current Canada Post standard letter rate to the US.  My twitter info. was taken as is and the tweet in question is here, from 14 December 2009.  The front is an image from a postcard archive blog {Chuckman's Other Collection} and is of the Toronto Harbour, featuring the CN Tower, circa 1980.  Added to the front of the postcard were the Twitter wordmark and bird logo.

In August or so, an artist friend/acquaintance of a friend in northern California was doing something with Twitter and the mail with a large number of volunteers.  Just the idea sounded interesting, but I don't know what became of it.

Twitterversion:: A different kind of #twitterART.  Anachronistic #Twittering with postcards or #RetroTweeting. #Toronto to #Berkeley. @Prof_K

Song::  Seu Jorge-"Changes"/David Bowie-"Changes"


linnyqat said...

Very cool! I didn't know about using the postage stamp to raise funds for the Montreal Games. Neat idea. Of course that would never fly these days - nobody uses the mail anymore, and when they do, they bitch about the cost.

Very cool to see the Toronto waterfront image pre-Skydome. Did you play with the colour saturation? It has a very vintage feeling to it.

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