I received the first three of my used books in the mail today from the UK. I was delighted to find a postcard and a cross-stitched bookmark in one book. The previous owners, Sheila and Charles from Norfolk, might be dead or in a nursing home, but their memory lives on. Perhaps Sheila worked the lovely bookmark herself? It is lined with green satin ribbon tacked down on the edges and has a tassel for flourish.
The postcard is of an oil painting by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) and is mislabelled The Park on the Caillebotte Property at Yerres 1875. After looking this picture up I see the real name is Portraits à la campagne 1876 (in English, portraits in the country.) I collect postcards so this beauty will go into my collection box.
In another book I found a slightly faded paper bookmark with a window enclosure where I might eventually place my own artwork.
I also bought this book that I’ve had on my wish list for several months. There are scant books on the history of puppets and another one I wanted was out-of-print. However, Puppetry: A World History by Eileen Blumenthal is still in print so I wanted a copy. I have another comprehensive book called Voices of the Puppet Masters about the Wayang Golek theatre of Indonesia, but I thought this new book would be good to have.
I still have two marionettes from my childhood, but gave the others away, alas. I have my Wayang Golek puppet of Gatotkaca whom I treasure after buying him on eBay (mislabelled as Arjuna) about 10 years ago.
If you ever saw the film Being John Malcovich, there are some wonderful scenes with marionettes in a stage theatre.