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Polar Star

  • Object:

    Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:

    E.523:83-2001

  • 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

Black and white photograph as postcard from a series called 'Les Constellations' in which nudes are adorned with stars in the firmament. Here the nude represents the Polar Star.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

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, 'Polar Star', nude posing in the firmament, from the series 'Les Constellations', gelatin silver print, France, ca.1910

Materials

Card

Subjects depicted

Stars; Scarves; Astrology; Postcards; Photographic postcard; Nudes

Categories

Ephemera; Postcards; Erotica; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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