Postcards from Famous Authors

Much of the world has turned to sending electronic mails and Facebook messages, but I believe there are still people who, like me, indulge themselves in sending a postcard or two. That said, if you're among these snail mail-loving people, I spotted some postcards that will surely interest and delight you!

If it’s not too obvious already, I confess: I adore postcards. I love making them too as much as sending or receiving them. I want to try as many things as I can with postcards, so I am even planning to start sending myself some postcards whenever I travel (darn, I should have done that when I went to Singapore!). Why not, F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as you will find out soon enough!

Not a lot of people these days send their friends some postcards when they travel, but back in the days, it was the norm. Yes, even famous authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Kurt Vonnegut sent postcards to their friends, fellow writers, publishers, editors, and even pen pals, whether on the road, to ask for their manuscripts, or just to say a quick “hello.” Take a look at some of them shared by Flavorwire:

In order: F. Scott Fitzgerald to himself, Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein, Jack Kerouac to editor Malcolm Cowley, Franz Kafka to Kurt Wolff, Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, and Kurt Vonnegut to pen pal David Breithaupt.

My favorite among all these: a postcard sent by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. His handwriting mesmerizes me.

Rainer Maria Rilke to Hedwig Fischer

What do you think of these interesting postcards sent by some of history’s most iconic literary figures? Tell us with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2012-10-25 in #lifestyle #postcards #lomography #handwriting #authors #analogue-lifestyle #writers

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