Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard 1909–1939

Wednesday 5 July 2017

James Taylor

james_taylor_James Taylor is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He has published and lectured widely on marine and maritime themes.

For the last lecture of the season, we look at the millions of the humorous postcards that were produced from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II – not just for entertainment but to boost morale, to inspire, instruct, motivate and to persuade. James Taylor looks at popular themes and some of the masters of the medium, showing also the reasons why their popularity with the British public eventually waned.


Caption: Seaside postcard by Donald McGill


The notes for this lecture can be downloaded here


Below are photos of this lecture and the Volunteers’ Afternoon Tea