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Art Deco Postcards [Hardcover]

Patricia Bayer
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10 Oct 2011
Art Deco was one of the most captivating and popular artistic movements of the 20th century, and its iconic blend of luxury and simplicity still possesses the power to bewitch. This volume brings an entirely original approach to the subject, collecting and featuring some 250 postcards from the 1920s to 1940s from nightclubs, hotels and restaurants to skyscrapers, apartment buildings and airports. A pop-out-and-keep facsimile section includes detachable reproductions of some of the most important and beautiful cards, some black and white and some displaying their retro tints. These cards can be displayed or sent, making the book an ideal gift or the start of a collection. This striking new volume, by a leading Art Deco specialist, will appeal to the worldwide audience that has long been captivated by the style of the Jazz Age.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (10 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050023888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500238882
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Great ... the retro aesthetic is so appealing, I can't imagine many people not appreciating this as a gift'
--The Bookseller

`Original and beautifully packaged ... an ideal gift'
--Irish Tatler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just too good to mail 18 Oct 2011
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've been waiting a long, long time for a book like this. In most of the books I have on Deco (or Streamline or Moderne there is always one or two of these postcards included, they were, in many cases, the only visual surviving examples of what the buildings looked like. Patricia Bayer has done us all a favour with this delightful book of 264 postcards.

Perhaps the Art Deco title is slightly misleading because as I looked through the pages Streamline seemed much more appropriate. So many of the buildings have those wonderful curves, right angles, glass blocks and occasional porthole windows that were part of any proper Streamline building. I always thought Arrasmith's stunning Greyhound terminals were ultimate examples of the style.

A really nice feature in the book are postcards of Streamline buildings in parts of the world where you really wouldn't expect to see them: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Yokohama, Japan; Pula, now Croatia; Kharkov, Ukraine; Benalla, Australia; Casablanca, Morocco; Copenhagen, Denmark; Caracas, Venezuela and several in Britain. Page eighty-nine has a postcard of the remarkable Italian Colonia Fara beach front building designed in 1935, pure streamline and looking like it was transported from Los Angeles.

The author covers it all with the postcard selection, exterior and interiors of buildings, motels, transport, commerce and industry, world's fairs, it's all here. Near the back of the book there are eight pages of perforated cards ready to mail (though far better, I think, to frame them). At the very back are thirty pages of captions for all the cards, full of fascinating detail about the buildings that were torn down over the years.

This is a gem of a book for those who love the Deco/Streamline/Moderne style. Surely there must be enough of these wonders for a volume two!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Deco Postcards 8 Jan 2012
By Collart
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book containing almost 300 pages of beautifully reproduced postcards of mostly art deco styled architecture.Many clearly derive from the USA with pictures of corporate buildings, cinemas,public buildings and especially interesting are the restaurants and diners. Apart from the exteriors of the featured buildings there are many interiors featured. A number of South American, European and British examples are also included. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in architecture,art and design. The introduction to the book and the notes featured at the back of the book are most useful and interesting. Altogether this is a lot of joy packed into a small easy to carry around book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury 25 Jun 2012
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I bought this book for my partner and he was thrilled with it. The book is well made and has a wonderful collection of art deco images. What a treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have item 6 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book. If you love art deco, you will enjoy this book. Most illustrations are of American art deco buildings, but it doesn't lesson the book in any way. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art Deco treat 30 Nov 2013
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As a fan of Art Deco as I was really pleased to get this book of postcards. I shall never actually use as them cards as the pictures are just fabulous.
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