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Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:

    E.523:24-2001

  • 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.

Physical description

A moveable postcard depicting a matchbox on a red ground on which is written in German: 'As you are sometimes lacking in fire, I am sending you my little friend. Take this little box in all friendliness from me as a little token of remembrance'. When the lever is pulled, a woman in a scanty red and white costume emerges from the matchbox.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1906 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

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

Dimensions

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.

Descriptive line

Postcard, Milford Haven Collection, A carte articulée or moveable card showing a matchbox from which a woman emerges when a lever is pulled, lithograph, German, ca.1906

Materials

Card

Subjects depicted

Postcards; Nudes; Matchboxes

Categories

Ephemera; Postcards; Erotica

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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