Bamforth Postcards

Bamforth Postcards are probably the most recognised saucy seaside postcard series ever produced. Their postcard story began in Victorian times with James Bamforth, the son of a Yorkshire painter and decorator. The company was based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

Bamforth originally used his talents to produce painted lantern slides but later moved to photography which proved more successful. By the 1900's the slides had evolved into what we know now as Bamforth postcards. The humorous postcards covered social aspects of life such as sex, drinking, marriage but are always done with innuendo. Bamforth postcards were hand drawn by artists from 1910 which is quite an accomplishment when you look at how many different postcards were produced.

Apparently, the printing works where Bamforth postcards were produced has now been converted into residential apartments.

Holmfirth was also the location used for the long running BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine which ran from 1973 to 2010.

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Antique Bamforth c1908 Spanking Postcard Brush the Heir Thoroughly
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POSTCARD COMIC A BACHELORD LIF HAS ITS PLEASURES BAMFORTH
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Bamforth drinking comic u s a no 2066 unused good+ mint Original
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Bamforth Co Taylor Tots IM FEELING BRIGHT AN CHIRPY ARE YOU K349
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Bamforth Co Taylor Tots GOSH FIDO EVERYTHING ALWAYS HAPPENS AT ONCE K297
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Bamforth Co Taylor Tots DARNED LUCKY IF YOU GO THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT A STAIN
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Bamforth Co Taylor Tots YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OPEN FIRES GIVE ME CENTRAL HEATING
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Taylor Bamforth Co Merry Message THERES ALWAYS A PLACE FOR YOU G362
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