AT JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC
Artwork Media Studios
Ref: B 1149
This is probably tame enough to be able to be placed on the basic page of my website, but there is nudity contained here so I decided to put it under my CENSORED page. This one has a strong music connection through Billie Holiday.
BENEDIKT TASCHEN VERLAG GmbH
From the book:
LEGS THAT DANCE TO ELMER’S TUNE
TASCHEN are a company that mainly publish art books and books with collections of photographs, many of these of an erotic nature. There postcards also often follow this same theme. They also sell books of postcards on various themes but with a strong emphasis on art and erotica. This card is not untypical of their output.
AND RUBBER COWGURLS
Published by the club as an official postcard
This was a free postcard given away at the R.U.B. club in London, apparently, I wouldn’t know because I obtained mine from a dealer at the recent Woking Postcard Fair. This could probably have gone on my main website page, but that cactus has a far too suspicious shape to be placed there without any worries.
REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD
This has a faded out full image of the front cartoon, but I suspect my decision to place this card here rather than the main page is borne out by the text in the stamp box: POST IN AN ENVELOPE, so they clearly did not think it should have been openly posted as a postcard. This also opens-up another can of worms where if a card has an image upon it which makes it unsuitable to pass through the open mail system without an outer cover is it in fact therefore a postcard at all, if it can not be thus posted. It is a good question, although one I just ignore and place these in my collection anyway.
EDGAR GRATIS POSTKARTEN SERVICE
(EDGAR AUF DER KARTE)
Well, yes. Not sure myself what to make of this one except that it achieved the required result of being picked up by me and bought by me (from a dealer at the recent Woking Postcard Fair – originally, in Germany, this was a free rack postcard). It is what we call a photo-montaged image, but is it art? And do we care either way? It is certainly unusual and that is why I obtained it.
KUNSTLER: KRISTYAN GEYR
EDGAR GRATIS POSTKARTEN SERVICE
(EDGAR AUF DER KARTE)
This is a German free rack card, although these days I wonder who displaying an image like this would be accepted, maybe it would till be fine in Germany, but I suspect here in the UK this would no longer be accepted as fine. It is a nice artistic styled photograph though.
C’EST LA VIE
A common beach nude styled French issue. There seemed to be a trend of placing the naked form beside, in or close to the sea on this type of postcard, especially in France, but also in the UK.
James Stiles through Leslie Barany
WIZARD & GENIUS (W & G)
This would have classed as ‘Glamour’ back in the 1980’s – 1990’s when this card was available in postcards racks up and down the UK. It is one of the more attractive designs I think having a lot less on show than many did around the same time.
Ref: U254 (SAM FOX 3)
‘UNDERGROUND’ were a company which produced lots of postcards in the 1980’s and 1990’s (into the early 2000’s). Details about the company are little known because they mainly issued images without copyright and as such they did not want their details known. I once had the pleasure of chatting to an ex-employee of a similar sort of company who issued cards under the name BOX OFFICE. He told me stories of official raids on their premises and having to climb out of the windows and running away. So, there was some excitement around the world of unofficial – non-copyright – postcard publishing.
This is the second Sam Fox postcard to be posted here, there will probably be more.
NU ARTISTIQUE PAR
EDITIONS D’ART YVON PARIS
Ref: 10 00 6043
Version 1 – No 87
Version 2 – No 90
The French postcard publishers have a long tradition of nude postcard issues. This image was available for many years across northern France (possible elsewhere as well, but I mainly travelled in Northern France during the 1980’s). It is a classic image and can also be found on postcards with photographs of locations above the reclining nude lady.
You can also find this card with slightly different postcard reverses, this mainly because of the long period that it continued to be published, rather than any deliberate ploy.
YOU CAN’T LICK THIS
Ref: ODD 5
Before there was a change in the general views towards blatant nakedness being on display this postcard could be found everywhere up and down the UK in souvenir shops. That situation could not last, and now this is quite a hard card to find. Many would consider this a good thing, and I am not sure I don’t agree with them, but as an example of its type, and the nadir of exposed breast postcards, it interests me historically, and I do wonder how it will be looked upon by future historians.
LA FILLE AUX YEUX BLEUS
EDITION DES ESCARGOPHILES
Ref: Collection 1992 No 12
Limited Edition of 300
The French publishing company of ‘Edition des Escargophiles’ was a company which was run by an artist known as ‘Sizi’. His signature was the inclusion of a snail in his artwork. Many of the other artists that produced images for his postcard series also included a snail. A large number of this company’s postcards also depicted a naked female image. This one here is typical of the style and design of these postcards.
(SIR - im not sure this is still the case) JIMMY SAVILE
31ST OCT 1926 – 29TH OCT 2011
This seems a strange card to place here under this heading, especially if you have never heard of Jimmy Savile, which is possible outside of the UK, but unlikely here in the UK, but if there was ever a card which could cause offense now, this is it. Saville was of course extremely well known as a DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser, but, a year after his death, and the release of this postcard, everything changed. I remember Savile from watching his TV programme ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ as a kid. I bought this postcard for my TV collection when it came out. Then a year or so later news reports started to appear in the press. Then these reports escalated until it became clear that Savile had been leading a double life. He had clearly been a paedophile, and for some time, and if that was not bad enough, and it would be hard to consider anything being worse, there were further horrific stories that came to light. Savile is now, quite rightly, looked upon as being a demon. This postcard, so quickly issued, now looks like a major mistake and I bet the issuer regrets its issue (although they cannot be blamed for the publication when the time of its issue is taken into consideration.
This is a clear example of a postcard which I could not, and, would not post to the main part of my webpage – but it is a good example of a card which I can place here under this heading.
I wonder what future collectors will make of this postcard?
SAMANTHA (SAM) FOX
During the 1980’s here in the UK there was probably no better known topless model, also known as a ‘Page 3 Girl’, because at that time a topless female was depicted every day on page 3 of the Sun newspaper. The naked addition to page 3 of The Sun is now no longer a thing, and the issue of postcards of topless models has gone the same way. I can remember myself going into shops in the 1980’s and seeing spinners of this type of postcard out in the sales area. This type of postcard is indicative of the era, and now of course a piece of history, an example of a type of postcard which is no longer issued, from a time that was very different.
Ref: WW 01
I remember when the book ‘Man’s Best Friend’ came out in 1984. It was a collection of cartoons about a talking penis, and it was extremely popular, even leading to a film version (I was unaware of this until I was doing some research into the postcards – I have not seen this film). I remember being quite surprised that these cartoons appeared on postcard (I am not so sure they would be able to do this today – certainly I doubt they would be on show in spinners in shops!). I am aware of 32 different postcards depicting this character, and some of the subject matter was, and of course still is, quite near the mark. This cartoon, as an example, clearly has an oral sex theme, something which is very, very unusual on postcards. I will post some of the other postcards in future postings.
KENT, ENGLAND, 1968
Ref: MP 18
Not all nudity could be classed as glamourous. The fashion for naturalism has been around for many years and we have to this day areas of nudist beaches and holiday locations across the world. This photograph is now fifty years old (although the postcard was released in the 1980's). Items here, seem to be ‘located’ in a way which covers much that could cause offence, but this clearly is a couple comfortable in their nakedness.
Gert Weigelt 1983
ART UNLIMITED (AMSTERDAM)
The male appendage appears on postcards far less than female nudity, which will probably come as no surprise to many. But, I thought it would be more poignant to have my first depicted nude postcard image to be that of a male (as to be honest the female form is likely to make far more appearences). Art Unlimited issued many postcards depicting nudes, including that of male nudity. It would seem, that during the 1980’s, at the height of the fashion for black and white nudes on postcard, Art Unlimited were far less censored than I suspect they would be now.
POSTCARD SERIES ENVELOPE
THE JOLLY NIGGER BOYS
A SERIES OF SIX
COMIC PICTURE POSTCARDS
PRINTED IN COLOUR
This is an example of a Golden Age product which uses a word which in my opinion should never have been acceptable at any time, but history shows us otherwise in the use of the word here. I found this packet cover on sale in London, on an antiques stall earlier this year. The cards were not with this item, it was just the envelope packet being sold on its own. I find that the title of this set makes me feel very uncomfortable, even more so when I realised it was Series 2, which means that there must have been a series 1 and it must have been popular enough for there to be a second set.