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I was buying a few items on Amazon so decided to take advantage of combined postage and order an item I'd been fancying for a while but had been testing myself to see how long I could resist!
What is it?
The product in purchase was 100 Postcards from Penguin, in fact 100 book covers in one box. I love reading and books so to combine these with my other hobby (entering competitions) was ideal.
I paid £9.36 for this box of postcard and had high hopes for them. I usually use the free cinema ones or make my own postcards from interesting packaging but I thought it would be nice to get- and use - these postcards from Penguin.
I am quite surprised that all the reviews on Amazon are 5 stars with a couple of four star reviews as I was quite disappointed with this product. I will explain where I feel the fail further on in the review.
The first thing you notice about the set of postcards is the box they are packaging in, it is made to look like a big tome of a book. Inside are the 100 postcards and they are held under a ribbon which is great for digging the whole wedge out but you have to remember to put the ribbon back under before you put them all back in or you will have to tip it all upside down.
On the Amazon site this item is represented with a few pictures, quite frankly of the more interesting postcards. In the main the covers are not pictures but the old orange and cream covers. I don't mind this in general as it is still interesting and I like to dig through them all to find something with a connection for the prize I want to win, eg "The Art of Marriage" by Mary Macaulay for a bridal prize (I have a friend getting married next year so will enter for her) or "The Penguin Knitting book" by James Norbury for a crafty prize.
I am so impressed by the card stock and quality of these postcards. They are very high end and sure to rise to the top in a prize draw situation!
Not so good
My main disappointment lies in the careless way the covers have been scanned and cropped. Many of the cards are not straight or uncentred and whilst I don't mind that some of the books look aged - that's all part of the authenticity of old books - some of my postcards even have printers marks on to indicate where the crop should be!
I have a few postcards I will be saving to either use last or for my most special entries. These are:
- Dangerous Curves by Peter Cheyney
- The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis (reminds me of my husband!)
- The case of the careless kitten by Eric Stanley Gardner (has anyone ever read this??)
- The case of the howling dog by Eric Stanley Gardner (!)
- Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers
That is just a few examples of the covers, I could go on (but I won't!)
I am sure some people will keep these cards to frame etc and I just don't think the finish is good enough for this. I bought mine to use and so it is not so important but I have seen the postcards from Pelican / Ladybird set (a friend's set) and these are a much better finish.
I will use this set but at around the £10 mark had hoped for a better finish. They would make a nice gift to a book lover and there are other similar sets out there including Doctor Who (this one is cheaper), Puffin, Ladybird and one hundred writers in a box (author pictures). I would be tempted in the future to pick up another box to use once these are gone.
I can get through postcards faster than the speed of light. I also like to send special ones to friends that live away just to say hi not in an electronic way if you get me! I love the packaging and will keep the box as long as it keeps its four corners together. It exactly fits a standard postcard so it is perfect for helping to keep a tidy desk in the midst of my comping hobby.