I Have Post

Anbolyn of Gudrun’s Tights has been participating in The Month of Letters challenge. Well, I’ve always loved getting post but nowadays unless it’s books which I’ve bought the post is deadly boring. So I asked Anbolyn to send me a postcard to cheer things up. I was thinking that I’ve never had anything from Arizona before but actually I don’t think I’ve ever had any post from America.

So I want to say a big thank you to Anbolyn for sending me not one but two lovely cards which I received this morning. I can’t decide which one is my favourite. The Green Inspired geometric card would make a fab design for a quilt. I doubt if I’d ever get around to sewing something so intricate though, but I can dream.

I love E. Nesbit’s book The Phoenix and the Carpet but my copy is an old one with a blue cover. This Puffin Books design captures the Edwardian atmosphere of the book beautifully. As you can see it cost 3/6 which in ‘new’ money is 17½ pence. I’ve done a wee bit of research and this version of the cover seems to have been published in 1959 – which just happens to have been the year I was born. How apt is that!

I haven’t shown you Anbolyn’s handwriting but it’s lovely, the sort of script which would look good embroidered, and she writes old-fashioned ‘S’s which I used to do and gave up for some reason.

So Anbolyn, a wee surprise (not me) will be winging its way to you within the next day or so. Stand by for my scrawl!

8 thoughts on “I Have Post

  1. Lovely postcards! Haven’t prices gone up! 3/6! I bet if we’d been told in 1959 that books would cost several pounds in 50 years time, we’d have laughed! At this rate by 2059 a £5 book today will cost about £150… but then, everyone will probably be reading electronically so a download will probably cost upwards of £30.

    • Evee,
      It’s scary how much things go up. I always try to judge prices by how much people got paid at the time but that’s just guess work for the 50s anyway. Sadly I think you’re right, in the future there won’t be many books published at all.

  2. Imagine my surprise when I saw the cards I sent staring out at me in my google reader account! I’m so glad they arrived safely and quickly (for once, I am impressed with the US Postal Service).
    I knew you liked E. Nesbit and am so pleased that you like The Phoenix and the Carpet. And that this version was published in 1959 is perfect!
    I’m trying to keep up the practice of writing in ‘cursive’ since it doesn’t seem to be used much anymore so those old-fashioned S’s are part of my efforts.
    I will eagerly await my mail from Scotland – I don’t think I’ve ever received anything from your part of the world before!

    • Anbolyn,
      I’m going to have to buff up my hand writing, it has become so sloppy over the years. I posted a small package to you by air mail yesterday, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes – it had better be fast!

    • Pearl,
      I will do soon. If you send me your address too I’ll send you a postcard but you travel so much so it’ll probably be a card of somewhere you’ve already been!

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