MinXus Mail Bag: Ms. Marnie Blair (aka Mail Rat of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada) informs us a mink ate her bunny

MinXus USA was tickled to receive this extraordinary piece of mail-art from new correspondent Marnie Blair (Mail Rat) who hails from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Marnie seems to have at least a  passing interest in rodents and wordplay, among many other things, so she was destined to encounter MinXus-Lynxus along the dusty trail.

We regret that due to the limitations of Overlook Hotel technology, the piece has to be presented in two scans. The black and white image is printed on a section of a large map. A note on the back states: “Turn Pt. (near Pretoria) to Sand Heads 1932-1940.”  A piece of history as well as fascinating art!

Marnie Blair shares this brief but traumatic story from her youth:

We feel your pain, Marnie.

Dark wall assures us this heinous incident has no relation whatsoever to the peaceful inhabitants of the Mink Ranch nor their ancestors. You must always remember minks are wild animals driven to intolerable circumstances by the forces of colonialism. That cannot replace your bunny, but it might offer some perspective.

The map was ingeniously folded into an envelope bearing the MinXus USA address:

We look forward to further correspondence. Marnie Blair keeps a most interesting blog that we urge you to peruse:



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. minxuslynxus
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 05:44:53

    One day a fox ate my favorite mink. I will never forget that day.


  2. skybridgestudios
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 15:49:34

    Rat Mail Envy! What a great print!

    There’s a hotel on Orcas Island, Rosario Resort, that supposedly is haunted. Seeing the skeleton speed around the chart on an outboard motorcycle brought it to mind via spooky delivery.


  3. minkrancher
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 18:52:18

    Marnie Blair’s print is definitely fantastic & very special. Her blog indicates it’s an edition of 30. The old map just makes all of it moreso, if you know what I mean.

    Sorry (again) for the way they were scanned.

    She is definitely in the aesthetic spirit of MinXus & we can only hope she is cured of her minkophobia.


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