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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568988729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568988726
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The image that emerges from this antic and visually arresting volume is of a blithe English rogue, testing the system, stretching its limitsan experimenter, playing the most relentless, and amusing, of pranks."

-- Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn --The New Yorker, September 15, 2010

"A handsomely designed and illustrated biography... a volume which will surely fascinate any fans of quirky social history, any admirers of the unpredictable human spirit, and any curators of the odder corners of the art world. The book is simply a delight." --Barnes & Noble Book Review

"Not only is the story itself interesting, but the book is also quite pretty (look at those endpapers!)" --aesthetic outburst blog

"A lushly illustrated book with interesting bits of text." --Letter Writers Alliance Blog

"Weirdly wonderful items that recall the peculiar posting activities of the man known as The Human Letter." --British Philatelic Bulletin

Profusely illustrated in color with dozens of examples of Bray's handiwork, [The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects] provides an entertaining and informative biography of `The Human Letter' and `The Autograph King'. --Philatelic Exporter

About the Author

John Tingey started collecting stamps fifty years ago when his parents gave him his first stamp album and a 6d packet from Woolworths. He is married, with two children and two grandchildren, and lives in England.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects tells of a middle-class Englishman living out his time as an accountant in London, whose passion for sending unusual items through the mail leads to an uncovering of curious postal rules. His experiments sending unusual objects through the mails makes for a fine survey that pairs history, biography and art in an intriguing account.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31, 2012
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You sometimes come across a person who says, "This is the book that changed my life." What if the book is the British _Post Office Guide_? This is what happened to the otherwise rather ordinary W. Reginald Bray, who nineteen years old in 1898, plunked down his sixpence at the Post Office to buy the large quarterly reference book. It is not at all clear what inspired Bray to make his purchase, but studying it, he learned of various postal regulations, and determined to test them out and to push limits. He had a lifetime of this curious hobby, which branched into collecting autographs by mail, and he meticulously kept records of what he sent out and got back. The results of his lifetime of postal adventures are beautifully recorded in _The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects_ (Princeton Architectural Press) by John Tingey. The author is a philatelist who chanced upon a few of the odd postcards Bray had sent out, and started to hunt up more. Though Bray kept and filed all his postal experiments, his family sold the bulk of his archive after his death in 1939. It isn't clear where it all went, so Tingey has had his own adventures in finding specimens (and will be very happy if you can tell him of more). The handsome book is a tribute to the lifetime's work of a remarkable British eccentric, and it is crammed with beautiful illustrations of some of Bray's postal experiments.

Bray was an otherwise unremarkable accountant, but he must have wondered how far postal officials would go to follow their own rules. Would, for instance, a postcard clearly and legibly addressed, but in mirror writing, be delivered? Why, yes, it was; some postman took the extra effort to hold it up to a mirror and see it through.
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This is a quirky and interesting book about a quirky and interesting man. Entertaining and delightful book. My husband and I enjoyed reading bits of this out to each other.
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By D. M. Smith on March 2, 2013
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I loved this book and this mans ingenuity. My goodness he never gave up and he constantly dreamed up new challenges for the British mail delivery system. He even mailed himself, gotta love that! The only sad part was how his family sold it all off after he died. It would have been nice if the entire collection could have gone to a museum.
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By CurbMyEnthusiasm on December 21, 2012
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I bought this book on a whim, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The title of this book speaks for itself.
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