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Postcard - Indovinello Doppio (Riddle)

Indovinello Doppio (Riddle)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (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 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 a green fig along with an inscription in Italian which translates as: 'I am not really a forbidden fruit but my sister is often forbidden. Perhaps because she has a more delicious flavour although she may not have such pretty features. If you eat me, good appetite to you! But if you think of touching I advise you to go easy with your finger and think about it twice if it be fresh. Sometimes am I a cause of illness but a bottle of citrate is sufficient for the indigestion to vanish. And I would also like to tell you what he gets who samples my sister too many times but those are family affairs.' There is a play on the fact that the word 'fica' in Italian also refers to the vulva.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1903 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques


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


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, 'Indovinello Doppio', Picture of fig accompanied by suggestive verse, lithograph, Italian, ca.1903


Printing ink; Card



Subjects depicted

Postcards; Riddles; Fig; Sex


Postcards; Erotica; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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