Tuesday, May 12, 2009

when poets live in mansions

longfellow mansion postcards 1

longfellow mansion postcards 2

longfellow mansion postcards 3

longfellow mansion postcards 4

longfellow mansion postcards 5

longfellow mansion postcards 6

longfellow mansion postcards 7

longfellow mansion postcards 8

here are all of the postcards from the lot of the longfellow mansion. i have no idea if he lived in a few places between the birth-house of the last post or went from there to here, but it's nice to know that poets can also live in mansions.

i find the group of these quite extraordinary in the multiplicity of views, crops, colors, etc. as well as the various treatments of longfellow's portrait...

these cards had a lot more writing on them than the first ones, and here is the best of the found texts:

this is the worst
country i ever struck.
nothing but snow + cold
weather. don't expect
the thermometer will ever
get above zero again.

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Blogger ctorre said...

I'm reminded of when I worked at the Gotham Book Mart; the owner was a postcard collector and we had boxes and boxes of interesting pictures etc. from times gone by, and also a few hundreds repetitions of the same... it's dizzying, in a way, to see a thing that is so peculiar by itself multiply... it looks like the background of a comic book with all the characters taken out.

1:09 PM  
Blogger ArtSparker said...

"Stop striking it, and perhaps it will be kinder"

- Joe Miller

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in portland maine and now longfellow's house is dedicated to his life, as well as a few doors down a statue to him in a small square. At christmas time his bronze self gets a giant scarf to wear.

4:45 PM  
Blogger meara said...

he also lived in cambridge, ma, i used to pass by this house all the time as a child, meeting my dad at his office....http://www.longfellowfriends.org/index.php

12:14 PM  

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