Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Seaside Saucy Postcards


A interesting article appeared in today's Daily Mirror (12/08/09) which does have a connection to our seaside heritage. It appears someone has found some of the original designs to the Sunny Pedro series of comic postcards and is putting them up for auction. The Pedro series of comic postcards were sold by their thousands in Margate from the mid 1960's to early 1970's. Published by D.Constance the first "sunny" Pedro series were originally modern redesigns of the infamous Donald Mcgill original artwork which led to many court cases under the 1847 obscene publications act in the early 1950's. The redesign came about because much of Mcgills work was set in the style of the 1930's and 1940's fashion which was also restricted by colour due to post and pre war austerity. Looking at the designs pictured and comparing to Mcgills work it does look as if these are original Pedro (Phil Millar) artwork with new captions featuring nudists, tits and bums laced with innuendo of which Pedro was in the same league as Mcgill.
Pedro postcards can still be bought from the postcard rack outside the gift shop on Ramsgate waterfront and these card must be close to 40 years old.

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