Postcard Set Review #3: World’s Greatest Bookstores by Bob Eckstein

by syaffolee

World’s Greatest Bookstores is a 100 postcard set with duplicates of 50 designs. This may flummox some postcard collectors who might want 100 postcards with completely different designs, but as a person who prefers sending out postcards rather than hoarding them, I am perfectly happy with this arrangement. I bought two of these postcard sets and I’ve sent out about 1.5 sets already. While bookstores depicted on the postcards are a bit US-centric, I typically send the ones with a US bookstore to those overseas and send postcards with foreign bookstores to people within the US, so it all evens out.

The cardstock is good–it’s sturdy enough so I don’t have to worry that they would be torn in transit and the texture is absorbent enough for most pens so I don’t have to worry about smearing. I find the artwork to have a dream-like quality which feels like a stark contrast to Bob Eckstein’s cartoons in, say, The New Yorker. I think it’s because brick-and-mortar bookstores are a bit of a dream, especially in these pandemic times when we can only order online. I just hope that when we do get out of this pandemic, we don’t find that all the independent bookstores really have vanished like dreams.