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Postcard - Vi Preme La Salute?

Vi Preme La Salute?

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (or, made)
    Germany (or, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour halftone

  • 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 mushroom with an inscription in Italian that reads thus: 'Does safety concern you? distrust fungi! The most dangerous is that known under the name of the Black Wood Fungus. Even though it may be most agreeable to the taste it produces a swelling of the belly and it causes, after a short time, terrible pains in the whole region of the lower belly.'

Place of Origin

Italy (or, made)
Germany (or, made)


ca. 1903 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

colour halftone

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, 'Vi Preme La Salute?', Phallic suggestion through depiction of a mushroom accompanied by lines on why fungi are to be distrusted, colour halftone, Italian or German, ca.1903


Printing ink; Card



Subjects depicted

Plants, Mushrooms; Postcards; Sex


Postcards; Erotica; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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