Friday, August 13, 2010

Banned Post Cards & More!

With their fat wives, skinny husbands and embarrassed vicars, Donald McGill's postcards and their cheeky end of the pier humor are known throughout the world. But the authorities of post-war Britain weren’t so enamored with McGill's sense of fun.

The New Donald Mc Gill’s Saucy Seaside Postcard Museum on the Isle of Wight takes a look at how one man and his double entendres became caught up in the absurdity of post-war censorship. Donald McGill was a British institution, whose saucy postcards became an integral part of the British seaside holiday and at the height of his popularity were selling up to 16 million copies a year.

Yet in the 1950s, with McGill almost in his eighties, he was prosecuted for obscenity. He pleaded guilty to avoid being imprisoned and continued to work for another eight years, but the demise of the saucy seaside postcard had begun.

Things I am grateful for…

  • Waking up this morning to a beautiful day in sunny San Diego.
  • My dogs, Rascal and Pepper. They protect my home, my family and keep me entertained with their wild antics in the backyard.
  • My health. I have finally lost an inch around my hips and derrière. Yay me!
  • To have had the opportunity to put up healthy boundaries with a friend today.
  • All the experiences that make me ME.
  • The people who care about me and love me.
  • For music and it feelings it can cause in me.
  • Having lunch with my dad today.

What are you grateful for today?

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N Posted by Rain at 8/13/2010 10:40:00 PM