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Penguin Postcards

Fie on all your letter-pressed stationary cuteness, your silly squirrels and schooners! Save on postage! Send a postcard! Better still, send one emblazoned with a classic book jacket from the prince of paperbacks Penguin. The new box set Postcards from Penguin: One Hundred Book Covers in One Box displays the best in Penguins cover design in postcard form. So drop a note, or better yet, stuff a stocking.
 

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The genesis of Penguin's famed line of paperbacks harkens back to 1935 when Penguin founder Allen Lane couldn't find a decent looking paperback at Exeter train station.

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Since then the iconic three stripes of Penguin paperbacks have inspired collectors and readers alike. Some of my favorites in set of postcards evoke mid-century bookstalls and are just the kind of books you'd want to slip into your blazer pocket on a train trip like Wodehouse's My Man Jeeves or Bemelmans' Hotel Splendide. Besides, what better activity when on your travels than sending a postcard back home to Mother? She's certainly done enough for you.

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The box set of 100 postcards costs a mere $25 making it a nice, inexpensive gift. Better yet, get a few and paper your back bedroom to create a bibliophile's delight.

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I also quite like the back of the postcards as they resemble what Lane himself might have sent in the mid 1930s. All told, it's a winning set that runs the gamut of Penguin's design from their originals to the far less fusty work in the mid 70s.

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