“You in the hammock; and I, near by,
Was trying to read, and to swing you, too;
And the green of the sward was so kind to the eye,
And the shade of the maples so cool and blue
That I often looked from the book to you”
— From “In the Afternoon” by James Whitcomb Riley, illustration by Will Vawter
The cover and an illustration from the 1900 Henry Altemus Co. edition of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle (1818).
“He was naturally a thirsty soul, and was soon tempted to repeat the draught. One taste provoked another; and he reiterated his visits to the flagon so often, that at length his senses were overpowered, his eyes swam in his head, his head gradually declined, and he fell into a deep sleep.”
With the runaway couple on the cover, 1911.
A still from the film Great Expectations (1946) with John Mills as Pip and Valerie Hobson as Estella, taken from a 1951 adaptation of Dickens’ novel by Lou Bunce of New Jersey, who wrote in the introduction, “To make the story briefer and more understandable to the average reader, vocabulary has been simplified, colloquial or out-of-date expressions have been omitted, and lengthy descriptions shortened.”
This postcard is the first where I have seen pieces of paper on the bell. My niece Ritsuko thinks they may be senjafuda (“thousand shrine tags”), stickers or scraps of paper that are posted on the gates of shrines and Buddhist temples. The stickers bear the name of the worshiper, are accompanied by a prayer, and commemorate the visit. Pilgrims carried walking staffs on their long journeys, which they also used to paste senjafuda in high, hard-to-reach places.