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Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:

    E.524:438-2001

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 507, box II

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 cherubic child wearing a top hat and seated on a chamber pot. When a disc at the side of the card is rotated, it causes the child to void gold coins into the pot. The inscription reads: 'I am the treasure baby who makes the golden dung.'

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1904 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'SECTIONS 7 8 10 11 12 / Post Cards / The Milford Haven Collection / of / Post Cards. / Numbers 323 - 326 / " 336 - 340 / " 420 - 441 / " 453 - 504 / " 508 - 515'
Labels and text printed on album cover

'Je suis le bébé trésor / Qui fait des crottes en or.'

Dimensions

Height: 13.6 cm album, Width: 21 cm album, Depth: 5.5 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 (moveable card) showing a child voiding gold pieces on its chamberpot, lithograph, French, ca.1904

Materials

Printing ink; Card

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Ball; Baby; Top hats; Chamber pots; Coins; Postcards

Categories

Postcards; Ephemera; Erotica

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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