21/08/2019

THE FRONTIER “LOOSEWALA,”

OR RELIGIOUS FANATIC

SHOT NEAR WEST RIDGE BARRACKS RAWAL PINDI

PESHAWAR, INDIA

Published by

K. C. MEHRA & SONS, PESHAWAR, INDIA

Ref: No. 91

Photo Printed in Great Britain

 

Life was valued far less in some era’s and in some regions of the world. A postcard of a dead rebel, or ‘Loosewala’ as this man has been labelled here, would never have been issued in the United Kingdom, although I see no reason why technically this card could not have been posted from India to the UK (and indeed this may have been the case although this card here is unused).

Postcards of shot ‘religious fanatic’s’ from this period are relatively common, although often quite expensive as well for some reason, possibly the pictorial content and its unusualness in our current view of postcard releases. Many of the pictures of these corpses are from the Third Anglo-afghan War in 1919 and from around 1920. Death was not an uncommon sight in India and therefore it was not considered unusual to depict this on postcard. This is an example of how postcards have crossed every taboo and have pictured all aspects of life and death.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

08/08/2019

MATING SEASON, 1973

Photograph by

MICHAEL SCHULMAN

Published by

THE AMERICAN POSTCARD CO., INC

Copyright 1982

Ref: 353

 

This is probably just a little too ‘colourful’ for the main webpage (ironic I know, as the photo is black and white!) It never ceases to amaze me what postcard publishers placed on their postcards, as I am sure some of the images depicted here in this CENSORED section show. I am even more surprised that this is an American postcard issue. It is certainly something different.

 

08/08/2019

SLAUGHTER AT THE GRAND

No Publisher or Printer indicated

 

On the 12th October 1984 the Provisional Irish Republican Army (the IRA as they were better known) detonated a bomb at the Grand Brighton Hotel in Brighton. This was an assassination attempt on the then British government, and the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who were in residence at the hotel during the Conservative Party Conference. The bomb caused the death of five people connected to the Conservative party and injured another 31 people.

That outcome makes this postcard design seem to be in very bad taste, and it was. So, how did this postcard come to be published? The fact is that I am not certain, but I have some thoughts on it. I know that the IRA produced their own propaganda styled postcards, many of which were printed on secret printing presses away from the government forces. Looking at the cheap quality of this card and the simplicity of the printing process used, and with the addition of how simple and almost text free the reverse side is (i.e. no artist named and no printing details given, although perhaps the artist would not want to be known!) I suspect that this may be an underground printed IRA propaganda release.

This card, a recent acquisition at a postcard fair, requires some further research to confirm or refute my beliefs. Whatever the source, IRA or otherwise, this is a design created in bad taste, especially considering the loss of life and how soon after the event that I suspect it was issued/produced.

I show it here with a sense of its place in history without condoning in any way the message this seems to want to pass.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The simplicity of this side is another indicator to me that this may have been an IRA produced card. There is something about the text, especially the letter ‘O’ with the letter ‘A’ inside it. Is this an IRA logo? That ‘A’ in the ‘O’ logo definitely seems to have relevancy here. As I have said above, more research is required.

 

31/07/2019

UNTITLED

Photograph by

ROY STUART

From the book:

ROY STUART, VOLUME II

Published by

TASCHEN GMBH. KOLN

Copyright 2000

(at this point the publishers were no longer using the BENEDIKT and the VERLAG in the centre dividing line text – as with other cards depicted here below)

 

Another photograph that goes to show that you really can find just about anything depicted on postcards. I have a friend who collects toilets on postcard, but I’m not sure even he would consider this one suitable for his collection!

 

31/07/2019

BETTY PAGE

By

BUNNY YEAGER

From the collection of Eric Kroll

Published by

BENEDIKT TASCHEN VERLAG GMBH. KOLN

 

Although Betty was her real name, ‘Betty Mae Page’ was better known under her professional name of Bettie Page, although this is not the name used here on this card. Bettie was an American model who was prominent in the 1950’s. She was the Playboy centrefold in January 1955 and was best known as a pin-up model. I have seen a number of images of Page, but this is the first time I have seen this one with the cheetahs.

This is another Taschen issue which almost certainly originated from a postcard book.

 

31/07/2019

“I’M GOING TO ENJOY MYSELF – ONE WAY OR THE OTHER!”

Cartoon by

QUIP

Published by

SAPPHIRE

A SAPPHIRE CARD

Ref: 169

 

The Quip cartoons published by Sapphire were always quite close to boundaries of what was acceptable, possibly even just on the other side! This one is funny, and I like the look of the woman’s face as that is a funny little old grin she has there, and it nicely indicates that she is here of her own accord and happy to ne so. These postcards are becoming more and more collectible as we move further away from there era.

 

29/07/2019

SAMANTHA FOX

PICTURE BANK PHOTO LIBRARY

Published by

VERKERKE (COPYRIGHT & LICENSING GMBH KUSSNACHT AM RIGI SWITZERLAND)

Ref: # 34937

TOP TEN CARD

 

I did say that there would be more Sam Fox related postcards, and here is another one. Remembered as one of the most popular of the UK page 3 girls (for those who are from outside of the UK, the phrase ‘Page 3 Girl’ comes from the topless photographs that appeared on page 3 of the daily newspaper called The Sun - although this is no longer the case, but it was for many, many, years). There were a number of well-known Page 3 Girls, but I think Sam Fox is the one most people now remember.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

This was the standard VERKERKE – TOP TEN reverse layout

 

29/07/2019

ANTOINETTE AS ART

By

ERIC KROLL (SAN FRANCISCO)

Published by

BENEDIKT TASCHEN VERLAG GMBH, KOLN (Cologne)

Published 1997

 

One of the photographic postcards published by this company, again almost certainly from a postcard book. There has always been a view towards the naked body as being a form of art and photographers have used the naked model, both female and male, and have produced images of nudity which they designate as art. Some of these can be very beautifully shot and can be images which do attract the eye. This one is a simple image, but one well crafted, as perhaps the photographer intended. Pornography? Or Art? I suppose it depends on the person looking at the image.

 

29/07/2019

ERIC STANTON ILLUSTRATION

FROM

BONDAGE ALBUM

UNDATED

Published by

BENEDIKT TASCHEN VERLAG GMBH, KOLN (Cologne)

Published 1997

 

Bondage themed illustrations on postcard are far more common than one might think. This is because the theme can pictorially show more dressed individuals than naked, although clearly to many the latex styled costumes appear unusual. Bondage also comes with the theme of sexual pain, or, as with this rather unusual image spanking and the visualisation of this. This postcard was probably from the same postcard book as the below depicted image.

 

29/07/2019

ERIC STANTON ILLUSTRATION

FOR

HUSTLER

1990’s

Published by

BENEDIKT TASCHEN VERLAG GMBH, KOLN (Cologne)

Published 1997

 

We have mentioned before that the act of oral sex is something else which rarely gets depicted on postcard, and as with the male genitalia postcard depicted below it is again understandable why this should be so. Taschen are a company that have a reputation of producing books of sexual artwork by both artists and photographers including images of all types of sexual persuasion. This is a very provocative cartoon, if you can call it a cartoon. Although I have not direct information to confirm this, I believe strongly that this is a card removed from a postcard book, especially as Taschen publish a wide range of postcard books.

 

29/07/2019

KISS ME

By

GIERSCH/VOLLER ERNST

Published by

HUMOUR A LA CARTE

(PARIS)

Ref: P 790

 

Postcards depicting the male genitalia are scarce, which I am sure will come as no surprise. A touch of double standards really considering how much female nudity there was on postcards during many of the eras of postcard publishing. This one is from the 1980’s and is from France, where they seemed to enjoy pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable. I don’t think the title helps much here either! I don’t believe this postcard image would have been an easy sell here in the UK. It may even have constituted a criminal offence.

 

28/06/2018

BODYWORKS

Gunther von Hagen’s original exhibition of real human bodies

LONDON

Official Bodyworks Exhibition postcards

 

I have recently posted some postcards I bought in Berlin featuring animal bodies from the exhibition located there. On Wednesday I was in London and came across the exhibition at Piccadilly Circus. They had a pack of postcards for £4. These were all large, slightly larger than A5 sized cards and the pack contained six different.

Now, when I posted the previous selection on the main webpage, I caused some consternation with readers as some people did not like these at all. To avoid this happening again, especially as some of these are even more graphic than the ones I have previously posted, I have decided to place these here under the CENSORED tab to avoid any issues.

The cards are not titled or numbered so I will just depict them here for you to see. I like these but can understand how they might not be to everyone’s taste (they could be described as a bit unusual!)

 

 

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REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARDS

All the cards have the same reverse layout (which is different to those I picked up in Germany)

 

18/06/2019

SPAIN IS DIFFERENT

ESPANA

Image by

CAP CUADRAT

Published by

EL CAP CUADRAT

Ref: No 025

 

I found this on an antiques stall at a collector’s fair. Initially you could be fooled into thinking that this is some sort of strange nudity image. Fortunately for my sanity I recognised that this is a photograph from a scene from the Arnold Schwarzenegger 1990 film ‘Total Recall’. The card itself makes no mention of the film so I suspect the image was used without any proper copyright. I did think that this was a weird postcard image.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

18/06/2019

 

“CHATS – TOI – ET – MOI”

Design by

PATRICK HAMM

Published by

Jean Claude SIZLER

Ref: COLLECTION DE SIZI L’ESCARGOT – 2e SERIE No. 500

LIMITED EDITION OF 500 NUMBERED ISSUES - This card is No. 364

 

This limited-edition French postcard is by the well-known modern postcard artist Patrick Hamm. This card has been printed on a gold effect card which makes the background reflective and shiny.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

08/05/2019

SALON DE LA CARTE POSTALE

ARRAS-SAINT LAURENT (62)

28 FEVRIER 1988

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS No7

(artwork dated 1987)

Illustration by

J. N. POTTE

Published by

EDITION DES ESCARGOPHILES

Ref: COLLECTION 1988

No 30

Limited hand numbered edition of 300

(This postcard is hand numbered No 197)

 

A ‘Pirate’ postcard fair postcard published under the SIZI ‘Edition des Escargophiles’ postcard label.  

 

08/05/2019

SABRINA

Published by

UNDERGROUND

Ref: U506

 

Although this postcard was published here in the UK it would be fair to say that the model Sabrina was far better know on the European continent mainland, Spain particularly I believe. Having said all that she did, I believe, appear in certain magazines here.

 

08/05/2019

“NUDO” (1981)

Painted by

AMLETO DALLA COSTA

Published by

GALLERIA “BRERA 3”

VIA BRERA, 3 MILANO (ITALY)

Ref: D. C. 56

 

It has been a while since I have placed anything here, so I thought this nice art design could be posted today. I have always quite liked this one. It is from Italy.

 

12/02/2019

GOIN’ NATIVE

At Club Med, guests discovered that watches and

cash weren’t the only things they had to leave behind.

Published by

VINTAGE IMAGES

Ref: PC1602

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I like the rather amusing comment made in the stamp box top right.   

 

12/02/2019

 

GEMINI

By

Nico Vrielink

(1995)

(mixed media)

Published by

ART UNLIMITED (AMSTERDAM)

Ref: C 6341

 

Art Unlimited, based in Holland, issued a large range of postcards depicting the artwork of Nico Vrielink whose designs are immediately recognisable. I do not have them all, but I do have a very large collection of them because the style of this artwork appeals to me. I am still not sure if these artwork postcards should be here under the censored category or if they could still be depicted on the main webpage page, but I am going to play safe and stick them here.

 

 

 

UNTITLED

By

Nico Vrielink

(1995)

(mixed media)

Published by

ART UNLIMITED (AMSTERDAM)

Ref: C 5751

 

Another design by Nico Vrielink from the same publisher. You can immediately see how the design has the same style as the postcard posted above.

 

07/01/2019

A DARKY’S PRAYER

Published by

GULF STREAM CARD & DISTRIBUTING CO., MIAMI, FLORIDA

GENUINE CURTEICH -CHICAGO “C. T. ART COLORTONE” POSTCARD

Ref: D. C. 179

 

Racism was rife on postcards in older periods, although it can be surprising to people who live outside of the area known as Southern America just how long these cards were still being published and used.

In many areas of Southern America, the theme of ‘Black History’ is extremely popular and I have found this as a listed theme on a range of stalls at events I have attended in Florida. The theme is so popular that cards can be, and are, extremely expensive in comparison to other cards of a similar age and production. This one here was posted in 1956, so its post WWII, so hardly classed as an old postcard in the postcard world (and to me, with my background, this seems like such a late date for such a themed card to have been on sale, but then when I watch history programmes for this period of US history it does not surprise me so much). But having said that it was priced at $20, which after a bit of bartering I managed to get down to $12. Not cheap, but despite my abhorrence of the theme, I wanted an example for my eclectic collection.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Postmarked ‘HOMESTEAD FLA [Florida] – 5pm 11TH MARCH 1956’ with a wavy line machine cancellation

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