Monday, January 04, 2010

Pick up a penguin

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In second-hand book shops, and charity shops I always scan for Penguin spines. When faced with a sea of disorganised books the familiar spines offer a good starting point. I know there is sure to be a title to interest me amongst those distinctive coloured spines. I grew up reading Penguins, they feel familiar and reassuring.


I first saw Postcards from Penguin: 100 Book Jackets in One Box on the pages of Cornflower some months ago. I was quite green with envy (Penguin green?) and immediately hurried off to order a set of my own but it seems everyone else did too and they promptly went out of stock. I waited and waited.


Finally, just before Christmas, they were delivered to my eagerly waiting hands and they do not disappoint.

A pleasing book shaped box filled to the brim with 100 cards each featuring a different book cover. Of course, I bought these thinking how handy, perfect for quick thank you cards and whatnot. But each time I go to choose one, just one, to send off as a quick note I find it hard. I find I cannot set pen to card, cannot choose which card to part with. Yes, I am struggling to part with just one of these handy little cards. I daresay it's a bit like cutting into favourite fabric or knitting up a special ball of stashed yarn. I imagine that once I have written and sent just one it will be easier to part with the rest. Maybe.


Or perhaps I could frame them instead, like the seed packets. Yes, maybe I could frame them. All of them.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Ali said...

We had a few boxes in the shop and oh how I coveted them. When we sold them all to legitimate customers, I could have cried. None for me. Have you any idea how often that happens? Drives me spare each time.

Monday, January 04, 2010 7:13:00 pm  
Anonymous rachel said...

Oh dear, I so understand your dilemma. I have a pack of 18 exquisite Japanese postcards that I can't bring myself to use; even 18 is a little too much to frame!

Monday, January 04, 2010 7:16:00 pm  
Anonymous kristina said...

I did the same and rushed to Amazon only to see them all sold out. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to send any--I'm terrible like that with favorite cards. But what an amazing wall that would be with them all framed up! Hmmm... K x

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 8:40:00 am  
Anonymous monica said...

I could never part with them either.... I totally understand.

(and yes frame them!!!))

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 12:12:00 pm  
Anonymous arianwen said...

Oh I love them. I definately think they should end up on the wall

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 12:15:00 pm  
Anonymous rainingsheep said...

Oh boy, I would NOT give them away, keep them, frame them or just enjoy looking at them.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:31:00 am  
Anonymous queenofthefroggers said...

They are lovely! Framed would be the best idea. :)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010 8:50:00 pm  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Those postcards don't even go on sale in the States until 10/2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010 6:43:00 pm  

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