Postcard from another world – a Vulpes Libris Random

They are going out of fashion now, as it is so easy to take a photo on the phone and send it twice round the world with a witty commentary, to friends far and near, in the time you could lick the stamp to stick on an old fashioned postcard. I will have to buy this book as it sounds like just my cup of tea. They are beautiful and relaxing to look at. There are views of empty motorways, nuclear power stations inside and out, post-war shopping precincts, the interiors of motorway services and modern hotels, shopping malls, and industrial and commercial buildings in some of the least alluring holiday spots imaginable (unless you can imagine holidaying in Bootle or Corby or Redditch). PostcardFromThePast @PastPostcard (accessed 9th June 2017)
Tom Jackson: Postcard From The Past. If I wait a few minutes will the sun come out and shine on that view? In this book, a collection of the least likely subjects for postcards is presented without words. Related

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shukie39 June 9, 2017

Years ago I collected all the postcards I received through the years and put them in photo albums. Weather uninteresting. Strangely, these postcards to me have become less boring as the years go by. I’ve recently found a twitter feed that has taken me away from the stress factors of polls and campaign speeches and battle buses and election night specials: PostcardFromThe Past (Twitter handle @PastPostcard ). So, to soothe the soul in times when the world seems to be going crazy, I recommend postcards – tiny vignettes of beauty, or humour, or memory (one’s own or someone else’s). Yet I have such happy memories of postcards, with sending them and receiving them. These collections of postcards work a little magic. Some are banal:
Hope the hamsters are being good
Nothing changes
Dad says he’s glad everything is alright
Some sound like muffled cries for help:
I’m sick to death of beautiful countryside
I’ve just locked Chris out on the balcony. Its daily postcards have now been compiled into a book, called (obviously enough) Postcard from the Past. Postcard from another world – a Vulpes Libris Random
Life lesson – never volunteer again to write a post for Vulpes Libris on the day after an election, especially when the broad overall theme is keeping calm in stressful circumstances. Hope you are the same. Which postcard to send back to the office – the sea view, or the pier? The cards are allowed to speak for themselves. Both led to thoughtfulness and careful choice. He’s going mad
And this one, from a composite scene of Mousehole, sounds like the outline plot of a novel yet to be written:
Water is freezing. Each one is accompanied by just a few words from the message on the back. They now speak to me of my childhood and hope embodied in these postwar places that are now being swept away again. Anyhow, I just love it, and have found the book even more soothing than the Twitter feed (as I do not have to put on mask, gloves and hazard suit and wade through less than calming tweets to get to the little gems). Sending postcards belongs to a time when pleasure had to be eked out. On no account reply to my last letter. pbk ed. And as a closet fan of Brutalism I find many of these buildings and structures have their own savage beauty. London: Phaidon, 2004. London: Fourth Estate, 2017. 151pp
ISBN: 9780008220532
Martin Parr RA: Boring Postcards. Still, here goes. I was delighted to find this new companion to my old faithful calming postcard collection, Boring Postcards, collected and arranged by Martin Parr RA. 176pp
ISBN: 9780714843902
Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… Curated by Tom Jackson, the postcards are real, tasteful, generally landscapes and seascapes. My chosen symbol of calm in a troubled world is the postcard. Taking a carefully curated list of postcard recipients on holiday was rather like taking just half a dozen 35mm film canisters, with 24 exposures each.