Saturday, April 30, 2011

brattle bookshop reflections

Brattle-Bookshop-Boston
when we first arrived in boston last week, we drove past an outdoor bookshop set up in an alleyway. we didn't have time to inspect it since we were checking out a nearby college and our time was limited. we promised ian we would go back the next day. little did I know we would find they also had an indoor bookshop right next door by the name of brattle. what caught my eye was the window display of vintage postcards and a lovely handmade banner you can see in the above photo. I immediately thought of christine from over at 'the daily postcard', I knew she would  like this. I love seeing the different antique postcards christine posts, but the thing I love most about her site is that she always posts the back of each card where sometimes there is a handwritten note on the back. christine describes it best in her profile where she writes, " I love antique postcards because they preserve evidence of everyday life as well as celebrations and sad events. Looking at an old postcard is like holding a single piece of a puzzle; we have to imagine the rest."
below is a photo of the outdoor brattle bookshop and then another photo of who I think might be george washington (just past the woman's head with the dreads) perusing the used books.
if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme. thanks James!  
Boston's-Brattleboro-in-Massachusetts
Outside-Boston's-Brattleboro-in-Massachusetts

14 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

Fascinating photos! That bookshop between the buildings is amazing...and the 'ephemera' window display is fascinating. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the window display with the reflections, and the outdoor bookshop looks like great fun but I have to wonder what they do when it rains!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

barbara said...

Great Bricks. I'm in a "brick wall phase on my blog, too. lol

Lori at Jarvis House said...

Bookstores, I sure hope that they don't go the way of the typewriter. Nice post.

Ann said...

agree with Lori, two of our biggest chain gone busted.

Despite ebooks, there are still people reading print books. I hope they do, I just published my book.

'Tsuki said...

Wow this bookstore is so very unique ! I'd love to choose books in such a place...

VP said...

I really love this: I could spend hours there!

snowwhite said...

Oh, the bookshop has intriguing name. The display is very warm and attractive, isn't it!! handmade banner and postcards which look like washing hung outside. Homelike atmosphere. Nice shots!
Thank you for sharing!

Christine H. said...

That looks like my dream store. I might walk in and never come out! Thanks for your kind words too.

Even Powell's Books here in Portland has laid off staff, so I too worry about the future of bookstores.

Thérèse said...

Unique!

GeminiWriter said...

This looks like a wonderful place to shop for book! I would love to own a shop like this someday.

Linda said...

Boston looks such an interesting, quirky city. Are you going to choose your son's college according to how interesting the city is for Mum to visit??
Coincidentally, my children's violin and viola teacher studied at Boston Conservatoire, and my daughter's first clarsach (harp) teacher was a very talented girl who got a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music and is now based in Boston as a professional musician. Check out http://www.maevegilchristmusic.com/Maeve_Gilchrist/HOME.html (site may take a wee while to load)

cocomino said...

Hello. nice to meet you.
I like reading and buying books.
I didn't know these nostalgic book store.
I want to go there.

Rattfink Press said...

What a treat! I happen to be the girl behind that window display! Stumbled upon your blog while looking for pictures of the shop. Thanks for the great picture and for the shout out! And thanks for coming to the shop!

Ellen