Always tottering on the brink of good taste — yet often falling over it — they are the visual equivalent of the pub joke, and their contribution to British social history is immense. We bring the light relief to help you escape the daily grind. Get in the spirit of things with our hillarious cards from the Bamforth Collection. Or get in on the act with our licensing agreements and join our success. A Cheeky Look Why not take a cheeky look at some of our designs. Take a peak.
Saucy Postcards: The Bamforth Collection
BBC - A History of the World - Object : Bamforth original postcard designs
Many designs were adapted for each resort by simply overprinting them with words of greeting from the resort in question. After , the seaside, postcard market was dominated by Donald McGill. He reputedly designed more than different cards, the more popular ones selling more than 1,, copies. Little wonder that he was nicknamed the 'Leonardo' of the saucy postcard!
Bamforth & Co Ltd
British card, lantern slide and film producer Founded in , the Bamforth firm headed by James Bamforth originally specialised in the production of magic lantern slides photographed in their studio at Station Road, Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England. These were mainly 'Life Model' slides, narrative sequences acted out in front of painted backcloths, illustrating a temperance or religious theme. These popular tableaux - accompanied on screen by a live 'reading' of the story - were made in a similar way to early films, except of course the players never moved.
Postcard collecting has been a popular hobby for a long time, and the online auction site, eBay has made the hobby accessible to more people than even. The portability of the items, relatively inexpensive prices, and the wide variety of subject matter add the the attractiveness of old postcards. Some old postcards are truly antiques, being over years old. The first commercially produced postcards were introduced to the United States in