As I mentioned in a previous blog post, getting mail is one of my favorite things. In fact, if I took a cue from Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and wrote a Karli Petrovic version of the favorite-things ditty, “brown paper packages tied up with strings” would still make the cut. The funny thing about my love of receiving snail mail is that I recently received a package that contained a book about picture postcards written by someone who shares my obsession. In fact, the book series is even called “Obsessions” (!!).
The first edition is titled “The Alphabet Card: A Typographic View of 19th and 20th Century Large Letter Postcards and Trade Cards” (Blanchette Press), and it is lovely. As a note that came with the book indicates, Delphine Hirasuna wrote this particular volume, and the book was printed on Sappi McCoy paper. After a brief historical introduction to the picture postcard, the following pages present the alphabet in the form of beautifully designed letterforms and hand drawn illustrations.
“The Alphabet Card” is available for purchase on the Studio Hinrichs website, and future “Obsessions” volumes will cover topics like American flag ephemera and pop icons.