This extraordinary and unique collection of original postcards, document the discoveries of Mrs. Merryman between 1937 and 1980. An avid collector, with an eye for the unusual, the images Mrs. Merryman has chosen to keep, are at odds with what we might imagine of a conventional 1930's travel memento. The images are in some cases other worldly and surreal, many seemingly inconsequential to travel or location. They offer us what appears to be a through- the- key- hole perspective of a fleeting moment in time or a distinctly personal memory. Mrs Merryman herself never traveled, which makes her collection all the more intriguing and gives us an insight into the life and mind of woman with a peculiar sense of humor and a sharp eye for the unusual and perhaps a longing for adventure.
Anne Sophie Merryman, Mrs Merryman's Granddaughter has inherited the collection and sharing her Grandmothers appreciation of the images, endeavored to present them as a book. While Anne Sophie and her grandmother never met, Anne Sophie describes a "personal dialogue" with her Grandmother through her collected images.
Mrs. Merryman's Collection is the winner of the First Book Award, 2012, a photography publishing prize created by the National Media Museum and MACK Publishers to support the publication of a book of previously unpublished work.
The postcards are available as individual pieces from the set of 43 works, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.