The Incredible, Indelible Hand Stamp!

Yesterday I went to by far the coolest art museum I’ve ever been to: The American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, MD.

We’re not going to talk about that now. Not because I’m cruel, but because it deserves rich vocabulary to even try to communicate the experience to you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the pieces in this museum are due exponential of that. (but don’t fret, you don’t want to read that much and I don’t want to write that much) And as Mark Twain said, “I would have written you a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time.”

Let’s Get to the Matter at, er, Hand

American Visionary Arts Museum Hand Stamp

The photo is loading upside down. Is it opposite day?

The museum entrance stamp originally said, “Pursuit-Happiness.” (nice)
Now it says [smudge].

That’s not the point, however. The point is the resolve of this stamp not to dissolve! It held on through 104 degree heat, swimming in a chlorinated pool, and a shower. Even hand stamps from when I went dancing in my 20’s didn’t have this kind of stamina.

Annoyed? No.
Want a clean hand? Not me.
Wearing it like a badge of coolness for knowing about this museum? Damn right.
Think anyone will notice? Not really.


What’s your badge of honor? Temporary or permanent?

BTW, you all need to give thanks to the inventor of spell check. Otherwise you’d be reading “musuem” and “becuase.”

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Have made a note of this museum for the next time I’m in the area. Thanks for the tip!

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