Saturday 25 March 2017

Saucy postcard reprint for election

The postcard by artist Brian Fitzpatrick was first published in 1976 (Bamforth/PA)
The postcard by artist Brian Fitzpatrick was first published in 1976 (Bamforth/PA)

A long-lost saucy seaside postcard featuring a tongue-in-cheek political joke is being reprinted for the General Election campaign.

Postcard-maker Bamforth, which was founded in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, in 1870, found the card while cataloguing the company's 45,000 images at its base in Leeds.

The postcard, which has been given approval from an unnamed MP, features a picture of a person in a toilet cubicle with the slogan: "The only member of parliament who really knows what he's doing!!"

Now, Bamforth is reprinting the image in the run-up to the election.

A spokesman for the company said: " Bamforth showed the postcard to one highly respected Member of Parliament who is standing for re-election next month and he almost cried with laughter before saying he would have it enlarged and hung in his office."

Ian Wallace, the owner of Bamforth, added: "The company has never, ever been party political in any way and that is a fact.

"Electing a government is a serious business but something like this will enable quite a few people to have a good laugh and that is not a bad thing at this stage of the General Election."

The postcard, by artist Brian Fitzpatrick, was first published in 1976.

Bamforth was founded by James Bamforth, a portrait photographer who later specialised in lantern slides and then published the first of his saucy seaside postcards in 1910.

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