There is no doubt that if you mention Bamforth's to anyone who
has ever sent postcards from this country's seaside resorts they will think of the
risque, cheeky and totally politically incorrect "Saucy Seaside"
postcards - which always seem to put a smile, or a blush on your face.
Here are some examples starting with the earlier cards of the 1910's to the 1940's,
and progressing to the present day. Unfortunately due to obvious reasons I have had to
'censor' which postcards I have included, and some might find them on the rather
tame side, however here goes....
The above very early Bamforth "Saucy Seaside" postcard of the Witty series
appears to have been sent from the Front during WWI and for those who are interested reads
as follows :-
Dear Lizzie, Thanks so much for your nice letter which I was pleased to receive.
Sorry I cannot write a letter to you for I have been innoculated again and it is
paining me very much at present.
I expect Whittlebury is just as lively as ever. I have got a Grooms place with
the Doctor of our Regiment so that will seem more like my old work. Give Mr
Lloyd my fondest love and accept the same yourself. Yours Arthur... A.Holman.
A point of interest is that the small town ( probably a village between 1914-18) of
Whittlebury is in Northamptonshire and now next to the British motor racing circuit of
Silverstone. Close by is Stowe stately house and who knows A.Holman might have worked
there as a groom. Now Let's jump 20-30 years to the 1940's...
Although the card on the left was not posted until 1946, it was obviously printed during
WWII - please note the Churchill quote on the rear of the card shown below. Presumably this
was an endevour to raise moral - I wonder if Winston was aware of some of the cards he was on
the back of...
The quote to the left of the stamp mark reads "Let us all strive without failing in faith
or duty"...Winston Churchill...and now onwards to the latter decades of the 20th century...
Above are three examples of the more familiar "Saucy Seaside" Postcards,
and now for two more...and then that's it folks - for now anyway...