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Postcards from Pelican: 100 Subjects in One Box

Postcards from Pelican: 100 Subjects in One Box


A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different jacket from Pelican Books, Penguin's iconic non-fiction series

Covering subjects from socialism to sex, psychoanalysis to atomic physics, and written by great thinkers ranging from Sigmund Freud to Martin Luther King, Pelican brought accessible, intelligent books to a generation, making knowledge everybody's property.

In 1936 Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin, overheard a woman at a King's Cross Station bookstall asking for 'one of those Pelican books'. She meant Penguin, but Lane, concerned a rival might snatch up the name, decided to launch a new range of non-fiction books. Pelican was born.

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