A box of Penguins
Penguin Books, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has released a box set of 100 postcards of its book covers. Penguin founder Allen Lane was inspired to start the publishing company when, standing on a train platform, he was unable to find any quality paperbacks. The now-iconic Penguin cover design featured a double band of orange with the book's title and author in the center; later designs stretched in sometimes trippy directions.
As the growing popularity of e-books casts a shadow over paperbacks' future, a hard-copy postcard seems an appropriate snail-mail tribute. See a gallery of 16 favorites of the Postcards from the Penguin set.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
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