Dispatched in Post: The Bard on Cards

Hamlet, Act III, sc. 1, "Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." -Ophelia

Most of us don’t realize the historical importance of postcards, but Emory English Professor Harry Rusche, does. As a deltiologist (that’s a collector of postcards), he has gathered thousands of these humble 5 ½ by 3 ½ inch works of art related to Shakespeare. 

This exhibit showcases some of Professor Rusche’s extensive collection of postcards depicting iconic Shakespearean characters and scenes. Late 19th to early 20th century postcards related to Hamlet and other more popular plays are the focus. 

This exhibit is part of Emory University’s “Year of Shakespeare.”  A highlight of the year will be Emory’s hosting of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, at the Carlos Museum from November 5  through December 11.

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Visitor Information

The exhibit is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 2.  Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free).  "Visitors" hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.

For more information, email: library.exhibitions@emory.edu