“Postcard King’s” exhibits banned 60-yrs-ago for being too risque on display

August 6th, 2010 - 7:19 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 6 (ANI): Twenty-one postcards by “King Of The Postcard” Donald McGill have gone on public display at a museum in London, which had been banned 60-years-ago for being obscene.

The censored pictures are on display for the first time at the Donald McGill Postcard Museum.

McGill, who also designed comical anti-German propaganda postcards during the First World War, produced 12,000 cheeky designs, his first in 1904.

Classic lines include a fat bloke saying: “It’s been years since I’ve seen my little Willy”, and a shop assistant telling a customer: “Gentlemen’s Requisites? Yes, Sir, go right through Ladies’ Underwear.”

However, despite the selling of more than 200 million cards, he died with just 735 pounds to his name. He even faced obscenity charges in 1953.

“McGill’s work was enjoyed by millions during his lifetime, but he remained a modest man and never received the recognition he deserved,” The Sun quoted James Bissell-Thomas, owner of the Donald McGill Postcard Museum, as saying.

“McGill’s postcards are timeless and translate well to the 21st Century. It’s fantastic to be able to put them all on display to be enjoyed once more.”

“The museum has only been open a few weeks, but the public love it and agree that McGill has been overlooked as an important artist in his own right,” he added. (ANI)

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