The Daily Postcard No. 30

Another set of Bamforths, and this time I shall let you into a little secret. 

Who exactly are these people?

Well, James Bamforth was nothing if not practical.  No point hiring models if your own workforce can do the job.

So Bamforth’s own factories provided the men and women seen in all these Bamforth postcards, and by extension, it seems likely that other manufacturers used similar tricks.  So, unless you know or are informed otherwise, never assume that the men and women on these sentimental cards are real soldiers and that their wives and girlfriends are real wives and girlfriends.  Because, in by far the majority of cases, that simply is not the case.

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3 Responses to The Daily Postcard No. 30

  1. Sid from Down Under says:

    Oh my oh my – you’ve devastated me – I hope then they belonged to Actors Equity

    The first maid looks a bit cheesed off about something he said – 2 and 3 Hmmm – the last is ever so touching …. with all the boys on the ship supposedly cheering them on (even if most are looking another way)

  2. Margaret Draycott says:

    Very good Sid keeping the poetic theme. Did think M it would be actors of sorts not really surprised there. Nice set of cards I like the idea of the little verse on each, how our language has changed in 100 years wonder what it will be like in another 100?

  3. Nick Kilner says:

    Very interesting. I’d guess it was probably considered quite the honour to be asked. Quite something to have your portrait reproduced a thousand times over. Almost celebrity status for the time.

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