7 Aug

I love and collect Postcards, so it should be of no consequence that when I came across The Englishman who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects, I quickly put it in my cart and pressed ‘proceed to checkout’.

The Englishman who Posted Himself … written and curated by John Tingey (1953 – ), a British stamp collector, is about a very real Willie Reginald Bray (1879-1939), who, in 1898 purchased an official Post Office Guide published by the British postal authorities. To test the limits of the Royal postal regulations defined in that book, Bray devised methods with which to challenge the claim that all post “must be delivered as addressed.”

And thus began a remarkable journey of unusual postcard art and philately. Kept my attention with interesting factual trivia. Art images and photographs, most of which are from the author’s own collection, beguile the reader onward.  An intriguing book.

2010 Princeton Architectural Press/170 Pages ~ hard bound 1st Edition


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