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Saucy Postcards: The Bamforth Collection [Hardcover]

Marcus Hearn
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18 July 2013
The Yorkshire-based publisher Bamforth & Co started producing 'saucy' postcards in 1910. These cheeky designs became synonymous with the English seaside resorts where they were sold, but were exported all over the world. After WW2, Bamforth artists began to satirise the classic comic archetypes that still resonate today - henpecked husbands, naughty nurses and randy milkmen. Contemporary concerns ranging from the contraceptive pill to the Space Race also received the irreverent Bamforth treatment. Saucy Postcards: The Bamforth Collection celebrates the golden age of these comic gems, with a selection of more than 250 cards originally published from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. The book's introduction reveals the story behind the company, and the battles with the postcard censorship committees that resulted in almost 150 prosecutions.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147210546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472105462
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 18.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saucy Postcards: The Bamforth Collection celebrates the golden age of comic postcards. It is a fascinating glimpse of post-war liberalisation, and a colourful celebration of timeless British humour.

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Marcus Hearn has been writing about popular culture since the early 1990s. Co-author of The Hammer Story, the company's official history, and Hammer Glamour, he also wrote the Sunday Times bestseller Star Wars: Attack of the Clones ­- The Illustrated Companion, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles' final world tour. He is an associate research fellow at Leicester De Montfort's Cinema and Television History Research Centre, and is the official historian of Hammer Film Productions.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saucy Postcards : The Bamforth Collection 27 July 2013
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If ,like me, you come from the era of these joke postcards outside every seaside shop(and couldn't resist reading them all to find any new ones) you will love this opportunity to buy this book and see them all and be able to keep them. Seaside holidays meant always sending some of these cards home and the seaside front is sadly lacking without them.It's great that Marcus Hearn has had the idea to publish this book and I'm sure it will sell well it's so full of old style holidays.Very enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent cheekiness 8 Aug 2013
By Bantam Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If, when asked who your favourite actor is, do you choose Sid James? Does your DVD collection include all of the Carry On movies INCLUDING Carry On England and Carry On Columbus? Is your idea of a great artist not Vincent Van Gogh or Rembrandt but Donald McGill? If your answer to these questions is yes, you are probably a lover of good, old-fashioned sauciness, or to put it another way, smut. If you are you will definitely enjoy this book, which celebrates that Great British institution - the naughty seaside postcard.

Nowadays, the West Yorkshire village of Holmfirth is best known as being the location of TV's Last of the Summer Wine, but it is also has another claim to fame; it is the home of Bamforth & Co, a company renowned for producing risqué postcards for over 100 years. This book is a collection of over 300 examples of their output from the golden age of the seaside postcard.

Although feminists and enforcers of political correctness would probably have a coronary whilst reading this book I couldn't help think that whilst the subject matter is cheeky, it is "innocent" cheekiness, with the lecherous males usually being shown to be either inadequate or grotesque and their female counterparts usually holding the upper hand in their relationship (no doubt they would be depicted in some postcards holding more than the upper hand). I don't find these postcards even slightly offensive, especially when compared to some of the stuff that the "right-on" comedians come out with these days.

I enjoyed every page of this book, and it brought back memories of the seaside holidays of my childhood when I used to love snatching a peek at the naughty postcards in the racks of the shops on the seafront. I probably didn't quite understand the true meaning of the jokes but who could resist smiling at the overweight housewives, busty young women or the red nosed drunks?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic smut! 30 July 2013
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I used to spend hours perusing these postcards outside souvenir shops and newsagents at the seaside when I was a lot younger, and now I can enjoy the art and the humour from the comfort of my own armchair! Anyone who enjoyed Benny Hill and the Carry On films should be guaranteed plenty of belly laughs from this excellent book, which also includes a briefish history of the Bamforth company and its artists and employees. A great purchase at a great price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars product review and summary 22 July 2013
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happy memories of childhood used to spend hours reading these on holiday and sending the suciest I could findfor friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time capsule 9 Oct 2013
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This book took me instantly back 50yrs. I remember standing outside the shops that sold these postcards and laughing so hard that my sides were aching. I have often wondered why they stopped selling them.Now I know, and what pity. I am sure that with all that is put to the media these days these postcards would not be offensive today,and could put a lot of pleasure back into the lives of people with my sense of humour. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light sense of relief in this sometimes harsh world that we live in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bamforth saucy postcards. 2 Aug 2013
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We all had a lot of fun looking at these cards, most of which would be considered too vulgar in todays world, Years ago everyone, well nearly everybod,. sent these cards to their friends when they went to the seaside.Everyone had a good laugh and weren't offended in the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh 29 Dec 2013
By DoRon
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Still get a good laugh from these ace postcards after all these years well worth it
These types will never die out
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I have been told that somewhere at the front of this brilliant book there is a really good introduction on the history of the "Seaside Postcard" and on the Bamforth company, well good luck in digesting the comprehensive information, I haven't managed to get fed up with just looking at the first rate colour illustrations and reprints of postcards. If you are like me and can just remember the late fifties and early sixties when these cards were on display (Southend on Sea in my case!) then you will be taken right back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brought back childhood memories
I bought this as a present for a colleague. I sneaked a peek and found it very amusing. It took me back to my childhood at the beach. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent quality publication with a very interesting history...
An excellent quality publication with a very interesting history section and complete with fully illustrated humour filled pages that can only be described as titillating!!
Published 4 months ago by John M Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars saucy post cards
brought back memories,as a boy stood outside the Canvey Island newsagents,laughing at these cards.
the book is presented very well & would make a very good xmas present,for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by royston
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
excellent book . bought for my uncle and he was very pleased with it. good present for saucy postcard fan.
Published 5 months ago by Mr.Leslie J Poultney
5.0 out of 5 stars A great British Institution standing in the face of Political...
This book gives a great concise account of Bamforth.s saucy postcards. Virtually driven off the seaside card shops by the politically correct brigade these cards continue to raise... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr N Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Bamforth Collection
My husband is enjoying dipping into this, and laughs out loud! A well presented amalgam.Thanks a lot. They don't make cards like this nowadays. Naughty, but quite nice!! M.P.
Published 5 months ago by MIDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars British humour from my young days.
Great book which is informative as well as beautifully illustrated with over 300 examples of comic gems. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen Moor
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Noatalgia
Excellent book of yester year. Particularly for people of a certain age who will remember the seaside as a venue for saucy cards we were not supposed to look at!
Published 6 months ago by Dirkwill
5.0 out of 5 stars Saucy Postcards: The Bamforth Collection
My husband thinks it is great, I bought it as a gift for him. We chanced upon some new Bamforth drinks mats in a local charity shop, to add to the collection.
Published 6 months ago by Sheila Field
4.0 out of 5 stars good old-fashioned british humour
This book chronicles the history of Bamforth in the introduction and gives you some background.I like the double entendre humour and the different categories.
Published 7 months ago by winston c
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