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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Vtg Postcard Comic Bamforth 13554 Sending You a PC Police Officer Fat Policeman
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1911 Romantic Postcard Im Father Chrishmush Bamforth Posted
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1913 Romantic Postcard This is where I want you Bamforth Posted
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1913 Romantic Postcard Are you trying to fool me Bamforth Posted
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1911 Romantic Postcard As if I cant see Bamforth Posted
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1910 Romantic Postcard People are saying we are engaged Bamforth Posted
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1913 Romantic Postcard I have a longing for you Bamforth Posted
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1913 Romantic Postcard Im fond of you Bamforth Posted
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