Monday, 18 January 2016

Delightful Smut

I was reading an old article recently about the "King of Saucy Postcards" Donald McGill. Apparently SIXTY of his postcards were due to be sold last year in the biggest auction of its kind in years. I don't know if they all were all sold as I couldn't find a follow up.

The first cards were issued in 1904. Sadly he died in 1962 with only £735 in the bank despite his illustrations selling 200m copies. His saucy cards were sold in coastal towns, were hugely popular during the first half of the 20th century.

He was once charged for breaking the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 and fined £50.00 as they found his double entrendes too risque.

I used to love looking at them when we went on UK holidays. Wished I'd kept the ones I had sent to me.

Here's a few for your enjoyment.




Not going to be around blogland much this week.

Have a good one.

Ronnie
xx

12 comments:

lindy thomas said...

Thanks for sharing the postcards Ronnie, they are great. Have an enjoyable week what ever you are doing.

Hugs Lindy

Simon said...

I hadn't realised that the Kipling joke was that old, I think the first time I heard it it was being done by Benny Hill who of course was in a direct line of descent from these postcards.

abby said...

Love these...thanks for sharing. Have a good week...
hugs abby

Hermione said...

What funny cards! I have never seen one in real life but of course many on the internet. They must have raised some eyebrows back in the day.

Hugs,
Hermione

PK said...

These are great cards, I'd love to see more. Hope you have a great week.

Leigh Smith said...

Love the postcards.
We'll miss you. Hope you're doing something fun, although you didn't mention anything. So hoping for best outcomes for whatever.

Ami Starsong said...

I always love these. I remember saucy postcards so well and am always tempted to read the modern ones you find in our seaside resorts, but somehow they don't seem to be the same as they were.

Hugs
Ami

Roz said...

Hi Ronnie, I have been awol from blogland again and am just catching up with a few blogs now. These are great, made me giggle, thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great week.

Hugs
Roz

Julia said...

Ronnie,

These are a great find! never seen them before, and they really are rather saucy for its time, I would think. But then again, maybe things were never quite as strict as history would like us to believe.

Florida Dom said...

Thanks for sharing the postcards. A good look back on the way things were when it came to that sort of thing.

FD

Cat said...

Love these postcards, Ronnie...especially the first one. Thanks for sharing. ;)

Hugs and blessings...Cat

ronnie said...

Lindy - Happy you enjoyed them. Thanks.

Simon - Not sure if that joke is that old. I never knew Benny Hill had used it. Thank you.

Abby - Thanks for stopping by.

Hermione - They certain did. The postmen would have had a laugh. Thanks.

PK - There are so many from different artists. Thanks,

SG - Thanks. Nothing exciting just a busy week for me.

Ami - Thanks. No Ami they are not the same. I used to get told off reading them when I was little but I was drawn to them.

Roz - Really good to see you Roz. Thanks.

Julia - These always make me smile when I see one. Yes, I think you are right on the history thing. Thanks.

FD - Lots of funny ones out there FD. Thanks.

Cat. Thanks. First one my favourite.

Love,
Ronnie
xx