Naughty but nice: Saucy postcards get a new lease of life
In 1870 James Bamforth began his business in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Mr Bamforth was a portrait photographer, but his saucy postcards sealed the firm's reputation.
Businessman Ian Wallace bought Bamforth & Co nine years ago, securing the rights to 50,000 images of pneumatic women, hen-pecked husbands and voluptuous nurses.
Mr Wallace said: "They always look good and they make people smile. Maybe they're not to everyone's taste, but if you can't laugh at postcards what can you laugh at?"
Mr Wallace also said that he was hoping the cheeky cartoons would give everyone a light-hearted boost in times of economic gloom and a new lease of life to the postcards.