'Definition du systeme metrique'
- Place of origin:
ca. 1908 (made)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Credit Line:
Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 507, box IV
The Milford Haven Collection consists of 442 specimans of French, Italian and German erotic postcards of considerable interest including a number of rare movable cards, all dating from the early years of the twentieth century. The collection illustrates with great clarity the various styles particular to each region. The cards have been arranged in three albums, according to the subject matter with which they deal, highlighting the original collector's strong interest in scatological subjects.
Postcard depicting the nude and healthily-proportioned Adam and Eve sit facing each other with tape measures. Adam's tape is long and rigid and Eve's is short and curvy. The serpent slithers near Eve. The inscription reads: 'Adam voulut le Métre, Eve le centimetre'.
Place of Origin
ca. 1908 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Marks and inscriptions
'PostCards / THE MILFORD HAVEN COLLECTION OF POST CARDS / SECTION I - SECTION VI. SECTION IX. / SECTIONS 1 - 6.9 / Numbers 1-35/ " 72 - 120 / " 148 - 153 / " 163 - 184 / " 205 - 227 / " 250 - 313 / " 350 - 412'
Text and label on album cover
'DEFINITION DU SYSTEME METRIQUE / ADAM / Voulet le Mètre / EVE le Centimètre'
printed on postcard recto
Height: 25.8 cm album, Width: 21 cm album, Depth: 7 cm album, Height: 9 cm card, Width: 14 cm card
Object history note
This collection of 'Cartes postales fantaisistes' was at one time part of the collection of a member of the Milford Haven family. The collection consists of 442 postcards mounted in three bound albums and accompanied by a typed catalogue dated 1960. It was acquired in 1960 by E.J. Dingwell.
Postcard, Milford Haven Collection, "Definition du systeme metrique", nude figures of Adam and Eve, lineblock print, French, ca.1908
Snakes; Gardens; Nudes; Rulers (guiding tools)
Ephemera; Postcards; Erotica
Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection