BANANA RAG

Mail Art history: The '80's and '90's...

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When the Banana Rag started out in 1971, it was a "strictly bananas" publication, containing news of Anna Banana's activities as Town Fool of Victoria, B.C., along with banana stories and graphics. By the early 80's, however, Anna converted it to a mail-art news/forum zine, with a few banana stories and graphics thrown in. Then, in 1991, the Banana Rag was converted to Artistamp News, reflecting Anna Banana's interest in the burgeoning field of postage-like stamps made by artists, i.e.; artistamps. Each issue of Banana Rag is printed on a single 11 x 17" canary yellow sheet, folded in half to the standard 8.5 x 11" letter size.

#19, January '87 - Mail-Art Starter Kit, Show & Project invitations, Publications, Participant list, Euro tour ('86) in Brief, and Full-Colour stamp proposal. A few issues are available.

#20, April '87 - Editor's letter, Encyclopedia Bananica update, MA Show, Project and Exchange invitations, Participants & Publications, Banana art -plus 2 newstories, Editorial: Mail Art and Money Don't Mix??? (the eternal question), and update on Full Colour Stamp proposal. A few issues are available.

#21, Sept. '87 - Editor's letter, Publications, Shows & Projects, Network Replies (to the Mail Art & Money Don't Mix question), Participants, Top Banana/Josephine Baker, Colour Stamp order form for Collaborators. A few issues are available.

#22, Mar '88 - Editor's letter/news and cartoon, Mail Art show and project invitations, Michael Scott Eulogy, Network Forum, Critique on first International Art Post (IAP) edition. A few issues are available.

#23, Aug. '88 - Editor's letter, Michael Scott project update, Show and Project invitations, Top Banana news items, Publications, IAP info and order form. A few issues are available.

#24, Dec. '88 - Editor's letter re travels, news, Show & Project Invitations, Top Bananas, and IAP report. A few issues are available.

#25, May '89 - Editor's letter, Network Forum, IAP report, Shows & Project invitations, Banana News & Art, Recommended Publications. A few issues are available.

#26, Oct. '89 - Editor's letter/news, Network Forum, Publications: Zines, Newsletters, Books & Show Catalogues, Mail Art show Invitations, Banana Art, Questionnaire re participant activities, preferred mediums, etc. A few issues are available.

#27, Feb. 90 - Editor's letter & artwork, Network Forum, Summary of responses to Questionnaire, Publications, Shows & Projects. A few issues are available.

#28, June 1990, announcing my move from Banana Rag to Encyclopedia Bananica, the publication of Vol. 3 #1 of International Art Post, and of upcoming Artistamp Collector’s Album, along with comments from the network, listings of publications, show and project deadlines. A few issues are available.

Then there’s Banana Bulletins; No. 1 - July ‘98, No. 2 - Dec. ‘98 (reissued April ‘99), No. 4 - Sept ‘99, No. 5 - Sept. 2000, No. 6 - Dec. 2000, No. 7-b - July 2001 (don’t know what happened to No. 7-a!), No. 8 - Dec. 2001 and No. 9 - Sept. 2002. All one-sheet efforts leading up to the return of the Banana Rag. A few issues are available.

No. 31, June 2003, an 8 page account of my participation in Karla Saches’ Transportale/Knots- Crossings project in Berlin; visits with friends and mail-artists Witta & Frank Jensen in Denmark, Klaus Groh, Geza Perneczky, Thomas Baumgartle in Germany, Rod Summers, Everarts and Jenny de Groot in the Netherlands, Petra Weimer and the Netmails in Grmany, my participation in Geert de Decker’s Independent Music and Art Festival in St Niklaas, Belgium, and visit in Paris with Enrico Sturani. A few issues are available.

No. 32, July 2003, a 4-pg edition with a letter on my activities, stamp editions, ATCs, etc., double page spread of Encyclopedia Bananica items, a page of network catalogues, publications and stamps. No. 32, July 2003, a 4-pg edition with a letter on my activities, stamp editions, ATCs, etc., a duble page spread of Encyclopedia Bananica items, a page of network catalogues, publications and stamps. A few issues are available.

No. 33, April 2005, 8 pg edition with usual update on activities, 2-page “catalogue” of my Sticker Tree project, listing all participants with 6 illustrations, a page of banana news. A few issues are available.

No. 34, Jan. 2006, 6 page edition, the usual update on activities, including names of new contributors to the Sticker Tree project, listings of some Zines Received, mail-art Catalogues, Artistamps and other editions, 3 pgs banana news/graphics, and a stamp-work memoir of Piermario Ciana. A few issues are available.

No. 35, Jan. 2007, 8 pgs, update on my activities, 2 pgs bananica stories and visuals, 2 pgs network catalogues, zines, 1 of artistamps and 2 more of banana items. One issue is available.

No. 36, Sept. ‘07, 4 pgs; usual update, 1 1/2 each of network publications and banana news. A few issues are available.

No. 37, May ‘08, 2 pg/1 sheet, special edition on the town of Melita, Saskatchewan’s proposed giant banana/ tourist attraction, with ballot for networkers to send in in support of it, and 2 newspaper stories of the town’s reactions to the project. A few issues are available.

No. 38, Sept ‘08, 8 pg. edition, usual update, 2 pgs Encyclopedia Bananica stories/images, 5 pgs. network publication review/images, pg. of artistamps/envelopes and order/subscription forms. A few issues are available.

No. 39, Sept. ‘98, 8 pg. edition, usual 1 pg update, 2 pg. on my Specific Research projects, including the 2009 but, is it Art? tour in europe, 3 pgs network publications, 2 pgs Bananica stories/images. A few issues are available.

No. 40, Sept ‘10, 8 pg. edition, 1 pg. update /Art Detox event in January, But, is it Art? my 40th anniversary event in Bastion Square, Victoria, BC; 4 pgs Network publications, 3 pgs, Bananica stories and images. A few issues are available.


BANANA RAG
is an ongoing publication of Banana Productions.

All Prices are quoted as US Dollars

Single issue: $5.00 each plus + $2.00 postage/handling

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please e-mail your order to Anna Banana by
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a_banana@uniserve.com

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Anna Banana
3747 Highway 101
Roberts Creek, BC
CANADA V0N 2W2


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