Mini-Review: Sibley: Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky: 50 Postcards by Clarkson Potter

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

A gorgeous set, perfect for gifting!

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free product for review through Blogging for Books.)

This isn’t the first collection of postcards I’ve received/reviewed, but it’s easily the most gorgeous and well-designed set I’ve ever seen. The fifty postcards – which feature paintings by ornithologist David Sibley – are printed on heavy cardstock and have beveled edges, giving them an extra-sophisticated look.

They come housed in a handsome, sturdy, multi-layer storage box that you’ll want to hang onto long after you’ve sent the last postcard out into the wild (assuming you can bear to part with them!). It’s got a textured feel to it, kind of like canvas, and the insert’s luxurious gold color complements the beige outer box nicely. And of course several birds grace the exterior of the box as well!

Inside, the postcards are divided by type of bird – waterfowl, woodpeckers, wading birds, songbirds, and owls & raptors – and each section is marked by a differently-colored file tab. It rather reminds me of those sets of wildlife cards that were advertised on kid’s tv shows in the ’80s.

This is a really upscale set; if you have a birdwatcher in your circle, Sibley: Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky: 50 Postcards would make an excellent birthday gift or stocking stuffer. Maybe throw in a frame or two, because they’re sure to want to keep at least a few of their favorites for their own (the Boreal Owl, anyone?).

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Mini-Review: Long May She Wave: 100 Stars and Stripes Collectible Postcards, Kit Hinrichs (2016)

Monday, July 4th, 2016

50 Unique Americana Postcards (One to Keep, One to Share!) in a Faux Book Box

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Blogging for Books.)

Okay, I’ll admit it: I mostly requested this title from Blogging for Books to satisfy my curiosity. At the time, the description was rather vague and confusing, and I wanted to know just what the heck this book was: A collection of American ephemera? An interactive book with tear-out postcards? A stationary set?

As it turns out, it’s a cross between two and three: a storage box designed to mimic a book, housing 100 individual postcards: 50 unique designs, with two of each so you can send a card/keep a card, if you’d like. Kind of neat, eh?

(Hinrichs published a similarly titled book in 2001 (with several editions since), Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag; the synopsis for Long May She Wave: Stars and Stripes Collectible Postcards that currently appears on Amazon appears to have been copied from the older title. Stars and Stripes doesn’t feature 500 illustrations, nor is it an 11″x14″ hardcover volume.)

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The postcards are all lovely, and range from the expected (American flags; items sporting American flag designs, such as quilts and costumes) to more unusual fare (a “living flag” made up of 10,000 cadets at the Great Lakes Naval Academy circa 1917; a postal flag constructed entirely of postage stamps; a prison art flag made of candy and cigarette wrappers). Each card has a brief description on the back; you could make a game out of guessing what some of the crafty flags are made out of.

The box is really handsome, too. Made out of heavy-duty cardboard, the embellishments on the “spine” and “pages” give the feel of a real book. The title’s even embossed, and the flag textured, for a rich, sophisticated feel.

If you have an amateur (or even professional) historian in the family, Long May She Wave would make an excellent gift. The box even comes shrink wrapped to prevent damage.

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