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?