An original mail art postcard by Genesis P-Orridge, addressed to Peter van Beveren, dated 20th July, 1975 and postmarked 'Hackney 21st July 1975'.
An original mail art postcard by Genesis P-Orridge, addressed to Peter van Beveren, dated 20th July, 1975 and postmarked 'Hackney 21st July 1975'.

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An original mail art postcard by Genesis P-Orridge, addressed to Peter van Beveren, dated 20th July, 1975 and postmarked 'Hackney 21st July 1975'.

14.6x10.3cm. Small section of sellotape partially detached, o/w Very Good plus.

The postcard collage features a central b/w photograph of a seated man reading a book, with further books piled in a stack on the floor alongside him. A banner above reads 'biennale de paris', and a small photograph of a woman looks out from a hand drawn window, captioned 'stamps make me happy'. A COUM 'Sex La Vie' slogan is stamped below, with a printed text cut from a magazine sellotaped to the lower part.

The verso bears several COUM rubber stamps, the largest of which reads: 'It Would Be A Mistake To Think E Was Ever Really Alive'. Others include 'Royal Alien Art Force', 'In Art Majesty's Service', and 'File Under Coum'.

Below the typed address, P-Orridge has typed "of course you wont like this…". The recipient's address has been partially obscured by tippex, and stamped over in purple with COUM's Martello Street address, and the handwritten date '26-7-75' added below, probably by Van Beveren.

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