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Many people think that postcards are either views of some hotel or museum reproduction of an old master, or an ad for the local politician or car dealership. As a result, most of them are literally astounded when they see the wealth of photography and art which has adorned the picture postcard since the late 19th century and which is still going strong into the 21st.
There have, in fact, been hundreds of books about postcards, including studies of one artist, studies of one subject such as cats and teddy bears, to name but two, historical events, most notably wars, views of urban or rural areas, and of course books on the art of postcards themselves. Most of these can be purchased from the chain bookstores and from Amazon.com.
However, in my opinion, of all of the available (and no longer available) books, there are only three major works (i.e. a full length 250+ page book) which reflect the full splendor of the postcard and which, if placed on a coffee table or central in-home setting, will continue to delight both occupants and guests. Two of them I have reviewed in their listings on Amazon.com. They are "Art Nouveau Postcards" by Fanelli and Godoli and "Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute" by Zwerdling. Both of these books have superb graphics, a surprising range of topic and subject (although if one of them purports to be about nursing, it encompasses much, much more), and the production values are as good as any art book.
The book being reviewed here, "Postcards from the Nursery," is no exception. This book is special. The layout combines the works of the artists with their biographies, and the biographies themselves include photographs which show the artist in his or her heyday as well as later pictures.Read more ›
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