By Jessie Willcox Smith
Image of a pufferfish (fugu) from the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, on exhibit as a part of “Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art,” with thanks to the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the official Tumblr site of the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art.
While I’m posting postcards from Russia: Pavel Bazhov (1879-1950) was a Russian writer best known for his collection of fairy tales, The Malachite Casket, based on Ural folklore and published in the Soviet Union in 1939. In 1944, the book was published in English. Bazhov was also the author of books on the Russian Revolution, in which he was an active and much decorated participant.