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INVITING THE WORLD AT HOME
Isn't it a wonder that the whole world is connected by some huge network that enables anyone anywhere on this globe to send a stamped and addressed piece of paper to any other place, even if it is on the other side of the globe, by just dropping it in some special box or a hole in the wall?

It all seems to work, however, but does it work worldwide? Can you send a letter from Tombouctou to Ushuaia? Will a letter sent from Tajikistan ever arrive in Pitcairn? Are there letterboxes in Tajikistan? Will there be a postal officer ready with a bag full of mail in remote Tristan da Cunha, at the rare occasion of a ship calling? And suppose this bag contains a card addressed to Utrecht, will this ever arrive?

THE PROJECT
Fascinated by this seemingly world-encompassing system, Rolf Weijburg started his postal project "Inviting the World at Home" in 1977. Weijburg wanted to find out if this system truly functions worldwide by trying to receive a postcard sent from every independent country, every international exclave, every colony and overseas territory, in short from every territory in the world that is surrounded by international borders and from every place issuing it's own stamps.

THE BOOK
To crown it all a 450 page book on this project will be published by Atlas (Amsterdam) in November 2009. The four hundred territories from where the cards were sent are each presented with a separate page on which short texts and over 2000 photos of landscapes, street scenes and local people portray details of the local postal environment and activity. As the project covers a time span of over thirty years, the book has become an almost historic document. A very special book; in fact a postal travel book, in which not only post and geography, but also culture, politics and history meld into intriguing pages often reminiscent of the atmosphere in Weijburg's color etchings. Truly international as it is, this book could only be written in the English language.
Order at: www.weijburg.nl