Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice
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The Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice (CNPD) is a fantasy stamp producer founded by British artist/musician Jimmy Cauty.
It produces parodies of Royal Mail stamps, some of which are collected by enthusiasts. The Aquarium online explains the history of the Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice and the subjects it has chosen for its stamps as follows:
Exploiting the decidedly low-brow tradition of stamp collecting, the CNPD (Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice) first day covers, prints and books – marketed as low-priced limited editions – comment pointedly on the absurdities of national identity, art and iconography. Past provocations include images of the queen in a gas mask, and burning Houses of Parliament with the legend ‘5/11’; now supplemented with the ‘America Shut Up’ series and the Angel of the North upside down with its head in bedrock, ridiculing the “we’ve never had it so good” cultural triumphalism of the Sage, Baltic, et al.
Stamps issued by the Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice may not be used legally for postage.
Since 2002 and the invasion of Afghanistan, James Cauty has been designing and making stamps as artworks in response to world events. On 9 September 2007 he handed over the position of chief stamp designer for the Cautese Nationál Postal Disservice (C.N.P.D.) to East European art labourer Filip Filkovic (artist and graphic designer, founder of CNPD inspired Kunstterrorist Organisation) and declared “War Is Over!.
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