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Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr E. J. Dingwall

  • Museum number:

    E.525:533-2001

  • Gallery location:

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

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 an elderly gentleman in frock coat and tall hat looking longingly at a young woman with protruding bustle on her red skirt. He carries a red umbrella under his arm, and its handle is shaped like a penis which is being directed towards the woman. The legend says: 'You've an old umbrella!'

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1905 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'C' / CARTES POSTALES / The Milford Haven / Collection of Post cards. / Sections 13, 14, 15 / Numbers 524 - 573 / " 582 - 601 / " 620 - 631'
Labels and text printed on album spine

'CLASSEAUR / ALBUM / CARTES POSTALES / Sections / 13 14 15 / The Milford Haven / Collection of Post cards. / / Numbers 524 - 573 / " 582 - 601 / " 620 - 631'
printed on album cover

'È vecchio il tuo ombrello! / T'en as un vieux parapluie'
printed on postcard, recto

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm album, Width: 11 cm album, Depth: 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, Elderly gentleman, holding umbrella handle suggestively, looks longingly at bulging bustle of young woman, lithograph, Italian, ca.1905

Materials

Printing ink; Card

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Penis; Umbrellas; Top hats; Postcards; Bustles

Categories

Postcards; Erotica; Ephemera

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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