As my bookish postcards are beginning to pile up again, I thought it was time to share a few more of them with you. I've only scanned a few from the pile, so there will be another post coming eventually. As you can see this card came from Russia, and luckily there was a translation of the words on the back of the card. "Greetings from the country whose people read the most." I wonder if that is statistically true? It's heartening to think that others so far away are enjoying perhaps some of the same books as I am.
Isn't this a great image? It's a Corbis photo by an anonymous photographer. Can't you just smell old books?
Many thanks to Litlove for this great Byron postcard. According to the blurb it is from a series of drawings by Quentin Blake to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge. 800 years--imagine! Byron was a Cambridge man and apparently he kept a bear when he was a student (name Bruin). He was also something of a hottie, hence the googly eyes of the young ladies.
Still life with books. Maybe it's true that Russia really is a nation of readers. Yet another card from Russia. I love the little icon up on the shelf--this even looks very Russian. Maybe three volumes of Tolstoy?
I thought this was an unusual art card. There is no information at all about the artist, but I liked the geisha wrapped up in her kimono reading with a sleeping cat nearby.
So who's been to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut?
"Mark Twain House is an unusual 19-room Victorian Gothic home built in 1873. The brick mansion has towering turrets and large porches. It was here that Samuel L. Clemens wrote seven major works including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn."
I don't think I've been to a single author's home save a house Frank Kafka lived in in Prague.
I'm still enjoying my postcard adventures. Although I get a variety of postcards, I'm always especially happy when a bookish postcard shows up in my mailbox. I'll share more of my growing collection soon.