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I saw the exhibit of some of the cards in this book at the Metropolitan Museum of Art once, and then went back a second time to see the collection again. I became entranced by these wonderful cards, and the way the photographers saw our country in the 1920's and 1930's. So much so, that I went out shooting, looking to reproduce the same style of photography, and then to produce my own postcards, one at a time, to mail to friends. I was hooked. I just had to have this book as both a joy to look at, and as a reference in studying how the photographers of the era worked. If you have any interest in old postcards, then this book will be a must-have for you. Each of the cards in this collection was selected by Walker Evans, and there is a special quality to what he has chosen. This is not just a random collection of old cards. You can spend hours going over each of the cards in this book.
Postcards were the poor man's art and they still are! Vintage postcards are affordable, easily available and (as we learn from this beautiful book) influencial as well. Along with Robert Bogdan's Real Photo Postcard Guide a wonderful introduction to what in these economic times could be your next hobby. Jim Linderman, "Dull Tool Dim Bulb"
This is by far the most comprehensive and informed book I've found on vintage postcards. The Metropolitan Musuem of Art's production has a bounty of beautiful and interesting images, and lots of enlightening text. It is a real pleasure to pore over it for its abundance of information, and an inspiration for further pursuit of my own American vintage postcard collecting. The quality of the book is outstanding and thoughtfully put together. At this price, it is a real value!
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