Adventures in Deltiology

Do people still send postcards these days…?

Drawn By Light


From serene landscapes to exquisite nudes, see over 200 extraordinary works by some of the greatest names in photography; from pioneers, such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, to the field’s most influential modern figures, including Don McCullin and Terry O’Neill.

I picked up this nice selection of postcards at Curzon Soho yesterday (a regular source of interest). They advertise the Drawn By Light exhibition running at the Science Museum and featuring images from the Royal Photographic Society Collection. This collection is housed at the National Media Museum in Bradford (where this exhibition will transfer in March) and holds over 250,000 images, a tiny portion of which is now on show. There are approximately 200 images in the exhibition from the birth of photography through to the present day.

The advertising campaign continues the trend of postcard-as-voucher and you can get £2 off the exhibition admission price when you hand one over; always a dilemma for postcard collectors, or for those who have actually received them in the post (I know, highly unlikely… who send postcards these days?!) The design is subtle enough that they could be used as postcards if you were so inclined, with the feint title leaving enough room for your message. The design incorporates the requisite information, Twitter address and hashtag plus supporters and sponsors logos, with the ‘Media Space / Science Museum’ emblem in the stamp position.

The images are superb, as expected, and range from 1886 to 1950.


Christina, 1913 by Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman


Bewengungsstudie (Movement Study), 1926 by Rudolf Koppitz


Audrey Hepburn, 1950 by Angus McBean


Gathering Water-Lilies, 1886 by Peter Henry Emerson

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This entry was posted on January 19, 2015 by in Advertising Postcards and tagged , , , , , , .


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