Norman Parkinson Archive

60 Postcards in Paris

19 February 2014

'60 Postcards', the first book by writer Rachael Chadwick, will be published on the 27th February. 

Rachael Chadwick lost her beloved Mother to cancer in February 2012. In December of that year she decided she would do something different and created a project based around her Mum's approaching 60th Birthday. Desperate to spread the word about the wonderful person she had lost, Rachael had the brainwave of leaving notes around a city in her memory. Deciding she would take it a step further she wondered what would happen if she could ask people to respond to her? Rachael hand-wrote sixty postcards, each with her email address at the bottom asking the finder to get in touch. It just happened that the postcards Rachael selected were Norman Parkinson images.

Knowing how much she longed to visit Paris, the last gift that Rachael's mum had given her was Eurostar vouchers, and so it seemed fitting that this would be her chosen city. So off she went with a group of friends to celebrate, discover, and to scatter her memories. Filling their time in Paris with sight-seeing, food and drink, laughter, and of course postcards.

What started as a very personal project is now shortly to become a published book after Rachael's blog (where she wrote about the outcome of her trip to Paris) was spotted by a literary agent.

The three chosen images are some of Norman Parkinson's most iconic - Celia Hammond in front of the Eiffel Tower, Katherine Pastrie on her way to 'Dizy' in France and three designs by Capucci photographed in Florence. Rachael was drawn to the three postcard designs immediately. "They are beautiful, artistic, Parisian in style and are also designs that I know that my mum would adore, too. There were no other options for me!"

The book will be published by Simon and Schuster on the 27th February. Find out more about it here.

Rachael's blog can be found here.