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Adam and Eve

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sager, Xavier (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lineblock print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:


  • 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

Postcard depicting Adam and Eve in a lush green garden, white-bearded God looks down from a cloud, puffing a pipe. Naked Eve leans against a tree down which a pink serpent slithers, putting an apple in her hand. Adam stands in front of Eve nude but for a large pink hat over his crotch. She says in French: 'Tell me Adam, why does your hat not fall down?'

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1903 (made)


Sager, Xavier (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

'Dis donc, Adam, pourquoi ton chapeau / ne tombe-t-il pas?'
printed on postcard, recto


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 Xavier Sager, Adam and Eve, nude Eve asks Adam why the hat over his crotch does not fall down, lineblock print, French, ca.1903

Subjects depicted

Postcards; Serpents; Hats; Apples


Postcards; Ephemera; Erotica


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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