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Hilarious Bamforth Postcards From The Early 20th Century

Bamforth postcards are one of the most popular postcards of the 20th century. They were first published in 1870 by James Bamforth, the son of a Yorkshire painter and decorator. He originally used his talents to produce painted lantern slides but later moved to photography which proved more successful. By the 1900s the slides had evolved into what we know now as Bamforth postcards.

In the early 20th century, the company started making saucy and seaside postcards. Bamforth postcards featured social issues, failed marriages, drunkenness and humorous experiences. Despite their comic nature, they often illustrated many social issues, cultural norms and anti-suffrage views.

Here below are some funny Bamforth postcards from the early 20th century.

#1 Rocked in the cradle of the deep

Rocked in the cradle of the deep

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#2 It’s a great big shame

It's a great big shame

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#3 Robert on duty

Robert on duty

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#4 Tow little waifs in sheltering dark new keep of a street door

Tow little waifs in sheltering dark new keep of a street door

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#5 The Burial

The Burial

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#6 What are the wild waves saying.

What are the wild waves saying.

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#7 Down at the old bull & Bush

Down at the old bull & Bush

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#8 The better land

The better land

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#9 A water Nymph

A water Nymph

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#10 A Thing Of beauty is a joy for ever

A Thing Of beauty is a joy for ever

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#11 Our hands have met but not our heart

Our hands have met but not our heart

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#12 I wish i was single again

I wish i was single again

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#13 Sing me to sleep

Sing me to sleep

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#14 Walse me Around again wille

Walse me Around again wille

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#15 Bobby flirtation the tramp’s opportunity

Bobby flirtation the tramp's opportunity

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#16 Rocked in the cradle of the deep

Rocked in the cradle of the deep

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