Category Archives: Postcards

You may make mistakes even at the picture palace

Source: ‘You may make mistakes even at the picture palace’, postcard, c.1910, unsent, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: There were a number of postcards from this period which exploited the idea of the mistakes that could be made while … Continue reading

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Do take me to see the Pictures again

Source: ‘Do take me to the Pictures again’, ‘I always enjoy the Pictures’ and ‘Oh! you naughty boy’, three postcards (not sent), numbers RPH 4270/2, 4270/4, 4279/6, 1910s, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Three from a series of postcards … Continue reading

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Come and See the Pictures

Source: Donald McGill, ‘Come and See the Pictures’, postcard (not sent), 1910s, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Donald McGill (1875-1962) was a British postcard artist who became famous (and at times notorious) for his ‘saucy’ seaside postcards. Postcards in … Continue reading

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At the Cinema: When Love is Crowned

Source: Unidentified artist, ‘At the Cinema: When Love is Crowned’, unsent postcard c.1914, from the Luke McKernan collection Comments: This peculiar postcard is one of a series in which the same children dressed as adults react to different kinds of … Continue reading

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Come and see the pictures

Source: Donald McGill, ‘Come and see the pictures’, postcard posted from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 1910s, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Donald McGill (1875-1962) was a British postcard artist who became famous (and at times notorious) for his ‘saucy’ seaside postcards. … Continue reading

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Continuous Performance

Source: ‘Continuous Performance’ postcard by unidentified artist, posted 13 June 1916, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: ‘Continuous Performance’ or ‘Continuous Show’ refers to the practice of showing films continuously, with audiences able to enter the cinema at any time, … Continue reading

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They that go in darkness

Source: Fred Spurgin, ‘They that go in darkness’, ‘Cinema’ series no. 250, posted Devon, November 1915?, from the Nicholas Hiley collection Comments: Frederick Spurgin (1882-1968) was a prolific British postcard illustrator of the First World War period, who produced several … Continue reading

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