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Postcard - Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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

A postcard depicting Eve, a beautiful nude derived from classical sources, sitting under a heavily laden apple branch. In front of her stands a short, squat and bearded Adam, with a white handkerchief suspended from his crotch. She says: 'Adam, lend me your hanky.' Adam says: 'Not possible, they would confiscate this card.'

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, made)


ca. 1904 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques


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

'EVE. -- Adam. prête moi ton / mouchoir.... / ADAM. -- Pas possible, on saisirait cette carte. / EVA. -- Adam leihe mir dein / Taschentuch. / ADAM. -- Nicht möglich / man würde diese Karte / beschmutzen.'


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, Adam and Eve, nude Eve asks Adam to lend her his handkerchief which is balancing over his private part, lithograph, probably German, ca.1904


Printing ink; Card



Subjects depicted

Handkerchief; Postcards; Apples


Postcards; Ephemera; Erotica


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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