Monday, 7 November 2011

Would you like that with Sauce?

Huddersfield-based James Bamforth was an early English film-maker, photographer and artist. But he is best known for his saucy postcards, often featuring very buxom ladies with ...double entendres. The cards he created were largely sold as seaside postcards.

Often pushing right  to the boundaries of British censors, the Bamforth postcards started in 1910 but became incredibly popular in the 1930s, selling up to 16 million cards per annum.

The Bamforth business folded in 1988, and was purchased printing firm Dennis, which later also collapsed. In 2001, Ian Wallace, businessman, bought what remained for Bamforth and the rights to over 50,000 postcards images. 

Now in 2010, a century since Bamforth's cards first started titillating senders and receivers, the Bamforth images are set to make a comeback. Firmly entrenched in the Benny Hill and Carry On vein, Mr Wallace is hoping that these classic cheeky cartoons, featuring kilt-wearing Scotsmen, topless sunbathers, hen-pecked husbands and Junoesque women are likely to soon be appearing on mugs, mouse mats and boxer shorts. 

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