I recently shared these postcards over at my book blog, but thought you might like to see them here as well. I don't think I've shared any of these here yet. I received them all through themed swaps on the Postcrossing Forum, direct swaps or through bookish friends who know I collect any postcards that have to do with books/libraries or reading.
Doesn't this look like a quaint little house? It's actually the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, NY. It is situated in a small, rural town of 326 residents. It looks quite homey and comfortable, don't you think? I could spend some pleasant time there browsing books I suspect. You can read more about it here, and take a peek inside here.
From library to bookstore. Another very browse-able place, don't you think? The caption on the card reads "Antiquariat der Literatur, Zurich". Not sure if that means used books or just general bookstore, but it's a great space.
Isn't this a great image? It's one of my favorites so far (though how to choose with so many wonderful cards?). As it happens I had a German penpal who I used to be in regular contact with, but over the years our cards had gotten less and less regular. Since I have been in a letter writing mode I sent her some postcards and it turns out she is also on Postcrossing and sent me this postcard as a surprise. Hopefully we'll be in more regular contact once again. This painting is by George Dunlop Leslie (1835-1921) and is titled "Alice in Wonderland". It's home is at the Royal Pavilion Libraries & Museums, Brighton & Hove. More about the museums here. Doesn't the little girl look slightly annoyed?
Just a general book lust image here!
Two of my favorite subjects in this one--books and the seaside. It's such a "civil" looking scene. Properly dressed ladies in their hats and frocks undertaking suitably ladylike tasks whilst on their holidays. And when they finished I am sure they must have had tea and cakes in a nice little tea room. Sounds nice to me. The painting is by Alfred Victor Fournier (1872-1932) and is titled "Am Strand", 1929.
Many thanks to Catherine for this one. It's an image I can relate to only too well (how often do I wish I was at home curled up with a good book?). The artist is Edgar Fernhout (1912-1974) and this is listed as "Interieur". It's found in the Coll. Centraal Museum, Utrecht.
More book lust. The caption on this--"Von le Corbusier bis Baudelaire". It looks like a shelf of German art and architecture books.
More (enviable) reading women. The artist is W.B. Tholen (1860-1931). The painting is titled "The Arntzenius Sisters". This is in the Collectie Stedlijk Museum Het Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda. What do you think? Picture books? They are awfully oversized.
And I'll round things out with one more bookstore. This is Bilbo's Bookshop in Bath on the "busy corner of Milsom Street & New Bond Street. This is a detail from an original watercolor by Toby Longworth. The caption reads "Over 30,000 titles on a third mile of shelving are housed in a listed Georgian building. A tour of Bath by horse & carriage starting from Bilbo's can be had in the season." I couldn't find anything on this one online, so I'm afraid they are now defunct? How sad is that? 30,000 titles. Heaven.
I'm getting quite a collection of bookish postcards, aren't I? Now I need to decide how best to display/store them.