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Postcards from Penguin: One Hundred Book Covers in One Box Hardcover – September 15, 2010
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This is a collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box. In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived. Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive. Ever since then, from their original - now world-famous - look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin's paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture. And whether they're for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane's original design mantra. Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.
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About the Author
Cheeta the Chimp was just a baby when he was snatched from the Liberian jungle in 1932 by the great animal importer Henry Trefflich. In 1934 Cheeta appeared in his first of many Tarzan movies, "Tarzan and His Mate". Cheeta finally retired from the big screen after the 1967 film "Doctor Dolittle". The oldest living chimpanzee ever recorded, Cheeta, now seventy-six, is retired in Palm Springs, where he has reinvented himself as a globally acclaimed abstract painter.
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This product would definitely appeal to bibliophiles and book cover aficionados. The postcards showcase the evolution of Penguin styles. It's pretty interesting to see the penguin in every Penguin book change in appearance over the years.
I'm a member of a site that sends postcards around the world, so if you send postcards as a hobby, this product is for you. It's way cheaper than buying postcard books.
How much you appreciate this product depends upon how you want to use it. It is somewhat limited as a reference of Penguin cover art--look to the book Penguin by Design by Phil Baines for a more comprehensive study. Penguin 75 is another well-illustrated documentary book, but more of the designs this side of the pond.
For me, this box of postcards is ideal. The quality of cardstock is top flight. So are the authentic, rich colors. While I would not call it a satin finish, the cards are not glossy. I'm going to make a poster-size layout of the color-block titles arranged like the rainbow and frame it. I may make some collages of favorite titles for friends or use them on journal covers. I may even use a few for the purpose for which they are intended.