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Vulgar seaside postcards censored 56 yrs ago on sale for 1st time

June 16, 2011 - London

Prolific artist Donald McGill's seaside postcards that was censored for more than 50 years ago for obscenity have gone on sale the first time since they were banned.

Five of the 'obscene' comic cards by McGill were destroyed because of their vulgar humour 56 years ago.

Now a museum in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, which houses the largest collection of McGill's work in the world, has re-printed five of the banned cards for the first time in nearly six decades.

"It is very exciting to be able to sell these banned cards once again," the Daily Mail quoted James Bissell-Thomas, owner of the Donald McGill Postcard Museum as saying.

"Donald McGill's artwork is a requisite part of our heritage. The 56-year gap serves us well for launching his work into the public eye once more and a whole new generation can appreciate his cunning eye once again, he added.

In 1954, during a morality campaign at seaside resorts across the UK, he was charged with publishing obscene images and 21 of his cards were banned.

"The majority of these "obscene" cards were actually really quite innocent and it seemed to be a bit of a witch hunt," Thomas said.

"Many of the images had been on display in the 1930s and 1940s and they were suddenly seen as a threat to society. It has to be the worst example of a nanny state curtailing the lives of the public.

"It's fantastic that McGill's cards can now be bought and sent by holidaymakers once again.

"We are also republishing other cards by McGill which were not banned as they are not only clever and very funny but clearly pass the test of time," Thomas added.


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