Saturday, 10 July 2010

Donald McGill Museum

Today a new museum opened in Ryde on the Isle of Wight dedicated to the king of the smutty seaside postcard Donald McGill (1875-1962). Above is a typical example of the 12,000 original artworks he produced for the postcard industry from 1904 to 1962: Now then Missus, get a move on and let the tide come in. The Establishment loathed his vulgarity and eventually took him to trial. In the stifling atmosphere of today's politically correct Britain, his work is beginning to look refreshingly innocent. The BBC's Nick Higham visited the new museum for a preview; click the title link to see his video. For Londoners unwilling to board the ferry for the Isle of Wight, there's Rude Britannia at Tate Britain (CLICK) and The Cartoon Museum (CLICK).


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