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The Comic Postcard in English Life - Frederick Alderson

David & Charles, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small patch of loss to the head of the upper panel, light scuffing to the lower. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “The coloured postcard, bearing a view or a joke, first appeared late in the nineteenth century. The heyday of the coloured cards was the Edwardian era, and they uniquely evoke its ‘nuttish’ style, expansive outlook and glamour. But the cards have remained widely popular, and this book, based largely though not exclusively, on the productions of a Yorkshire firm which has been in the trade from the beginning, shows how vividly they reflect the changing tastes and preoccupations of the twentieth century.

The lavish illustrations and lively commentary offer a humorous view of the fashions, crazes, morals, pleasures and endurance — in peace, in wars and in the Welfare State — of the average English man and woman. The way in which censorship has become less rigorous and yet humour has basically not changed is in itself a fascinating study. This book is for all who enjoy laughing at others and at themselves — and for those who know that social history has its lighter side.”


Size: 10" x 7¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 112 pages.
£6.50

This one has already found a new owner.