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Kasmin's Postcards – Deft

Trivia 2019 ISBN 9781999307745 Acqn 30029
Pb 15x20cm 120pp 105ills 12col £12.99

A collection of skills – work that fingers do, under and over, in and out, braiding, stitching,
weaving and twining. This is how baskets are made, and carpets, a suits and skirts, and all of
them require nimble hands and patience. Now we call much of this labour ‘craft’, but in the early
1900s, when postcard publishers sought to entertain and educate the public, such makings were
the only methods available, and thus designated ‘work’. The common thread to this selection of
images is indeed thread – fibre, yarn, cord, straw, silk and stalk. Those who bought these
products respected and valued them in a different manner than us, who use and abandon factory
good carelessly. Machines don’t mind. Mending is almost ended.

Kasmin's Postcards – Markets

Trivia 2019 ISBN 9781999307752 Acqn 30030
Pb 15x20cm 120pp 105ills 10col £12.99

Everyone enjoys visiting markets, especially on holiday abroad when it’s a chance to see a
variety of foodstuffs and goods that differ from our own and, of course, the people, the faces, that
one can study and relish at ease; because the particular space and atmosphere of the market
place permits staring, admiring, sampling, chatting, even photo snapping as normal behaviour.
This collection of images from cards of about one hundred years ago, or more, shows markets we
rarely see today, where actual producers sell their own crops directly to those who will eat them.
Some of the cards are of wholesale dealings in great city agora, but most of them illustrate small
human encounters often in humble settings in Africa and Asia, as well as in the agricultural
paradise of old France.

Kasmin's Postcards – Americana

Trivia 2019 ISBN 9781999307738 Acqn 30031
Pb 15x20cm 120pp 105ills 10col £12.99

How vividly these cards, mostly homemade, although some are by professional photographers,
show a way of life and work in the vast territories of the ‘States’. Loners and assemblies, families
and cities, stand for a new sort of life – of swift changes of status, adhoc structures, delight in
acquisition as well as valour in deprivation. And how real is the love of the gigantic or, anyway,
‘the biggest’, and the need to show one’s bond with the national flag, and to take up ‘the new’. Of
course, this is a picture, mostly, of the U.S. before the depression of the 1930s, and the future is
still a shining reward. Energy and willpower will do. A few sorry people remain in the shade, so
included is some cruel fun.