Archive Observations: Identity Theft & Bank Mailings
Grand Control Update
In November, the Archive welcomed six Grand Controls (controls in the mail for three or more years) to its almost 800-strong roster, including mailings by The Bowery Mission (Archive code #611-403005-0711Z), Omaha Steaks (Archive code #355-171626-0711CZ), Children’s Aid Society (Archive code #613-172949-0711Z) and WLIW21 (Archive code #602-174924-0711Z).
Since at least September 2002, the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence has been mailing a campaign to lobby the U.S. Congress to further restrict gun sales at gun shows. In addition to petitions, a long-time staple of nonprofit fundraising efforts, the real stars of the package are strong emotional appeals from Jim Brady (paralyzed in the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt in 1981) and his wife Sarah (Archive code #601-178109-0711Z).
An American Express offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card is one of the rare Grand Controls in the financial services sector, mailed since at least September 2004. The main benefits (additional bonus miles to qualify for free travel, fee waivers, pre-approval status) haven’t changed and some minor design changes were made to the package to keep its appearance fresh (Archive code #541-172047-0711CZ).