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Postcard

Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mouton, Georges (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lineblock print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:

    E.524:502-2001

  • 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 woman squats down, urinating on the pavement. Her pink dress and petticoat are raised to reveal her bare bottom in her split drawers. She holds a large umbrella above her. Directly above her is a notice which says that it is forbidden to urinate. The caption says that necessity makes the law.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1903 (made)

Artist/maker

Mouton, Georges (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lineblock print

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

'DéFENSE / D'URINER / sous peine / Néçessité fait loi / Necessity make law'
printed on postcard, recto

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, by Georges Mouton, 'Néçessité fait loi!', Woman urinating on pavement holding large umbrella, lineblock print, French, ca.1903

Subjects depicted

Umbrellas; Postcards; Urine

Categories

Postcards; Ephemera; Erotica

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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