This book is a representative selection of over 1000 postcards collected by Monroe Wheeler, head of exhibitions and publications at the Museum of Modern Art from the 1930s through the early 1960s. They record his travels through various countries accompanied by the writer Glenway Wescott, author of 'The Pilgrim Hawk', and the photographer George Platt Lynes, famous for his photographs of ballet dancers, literary figures, fashion, and surreal constructions.
The postcards were formerly the collection of Anatole Pohorilenko, executor of the Monroe Wheeler Estate. The book was conceived by Vincent Cianni, and edited and designed by Vincent Cianni and Marisa Gertz.
The images range from the traditional postcard vista to the more bizarre artifacts of specific locations. While some attempt to evoke grandeur and inspire awe, others make use of stereotypes to simplify and to symbolize a place and time, all fitting within neat, mailable rectangles.