by Steven J. Rolfes
Arcadia Publishing, 2012
Take a trip through Cincinnati history with Steven J. Rolfes in this entry in the “Postcard History Series” by Arcadia Publishing. With photographs dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s, Cincinnati Landmarks displays the Queen City of days gone by through vintage hotels, famous amusement parks, and historic churches, schools, and government buildings. But more than mere pictures in a book, Cincinnati Landmarks offers up stories related to many of these sites. For instance, Rolfes writes about the haunting of Music Hall and the music box that plays “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” in the seldom-used freight elevator. Several other supposedly haunted locations are also revealed, from a gazebo in Eden Park to the Moonlight Gardens of Coney Island.
The tales behind these images are fascinating, and the photographs themselves are enthralling. It is unfortunate that many of these landmarks no longer exist, but they provided the setting for many stories that will be passed down from generation to generation throughout the ages. Cincinnatians with a thirst for knowledge about the city should add this book to their personal libraries.
Doctor Who: Postcards from Time and Space
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2012
Many of the greatest scenes from Matt Smith’s first couple of seasons as the Doctor can be found in this wonderful collection of one hundred postcards. The Doctor is here, along with Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song. A good number of enemies are present as well, including Daleks, the Silence, and frequent visitors to my own nightmares, the Weeping Angels.
These are not flimsy postcards like you will find in souvenir shops while vacationing. They are printed on high-quality, thick card stock with full-color photographs or artwork on the front, and space on the reverse for a short note to your friend and his address. The corner where the stamp goes features a silhouetted TARDIS, Dalek, or sonic screwdriver. It would almost be a shame to cover it up with a real stamp!
These cards are, of course, highly collectible. Doctor Who fans of all ages will absolutely love this set…but don’t expect to see the postcards go out in the mail. They are more likely to be taped up on bedroom walls or preserved in the TARDIS keepsake box, which is almost as exciting as the cards themselves.