Blimey! 10 classic British saucy seaside postcards

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The British are secretly a very saucy lot. Yes, we have touchy-feely issues at times and find some Americans way too open with their emotions – but we well and truly make up for it with our cheeky and rude humour.

Same goes for our relaxed attitude to the body and language. It’s not uncommon to see after 9pm on British telly intimate medical examinations on national TV channels, along with sex scenes and adult language. Stuff that would NEVER get shown on NBC or ABC.

Anyway, when I was a young chap, I used to visit a nightclub in Warrington called “Mr Smiths’. Back in the day, this typical northern English nightclub featured a whole bevy of the following very cheeky and saucy postcards in the loos. But these postcards were not a new thing. They date back to 1910 when publisher Bamforth & Co created a whole series of them. After World War 2 they gained in popularity. The heyday was between 1950 to the mid 1970s.

A book was recently released that celebrates the history of these postcards and even details the battles with various censorship committees that resulted in over 100 prosecutions for indecency.

George Orwell said of them in 1941: “Obscene… [but] the corner of the human heart they speak for might easily manifest itself in worse forms, and I for one should be sorry to see them vanish.”

The following is not suitable for children, pets or those of a nervous disposition – but it’s a different side of Britain that you’ve probably never seen before.

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Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere! This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British blogger, photographer and actor based back in the UK after many years of living in America. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.

  • LiamT

    and people think we are prudes. we used to get these from elderly relatives all the time when i was young.

    • Exactly! Funny how we’re classed as that, especially to many Americans – it’s really the opposite I think. I blame Downton Abbey.

      • LiamT

        agreed. i dont think we would lose it as a country if a nipple got on TV. they do think we are like the queen and all quaint. we have been at war pretty much for 3000 years lol.

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