Notorious for his evocative postcards depicting bosomy women displaying their cleavages, hen-pecked hubbies and wayward words, James Bamforth was famous for his mischievous British humour, which he indulged in the creation of his legendary Bamforth seaside postcards. His spicy humour is entrenched in our British culture as much as musicals, railways and Carry On films
Cast your mind back to the end of the nineteenth century... to a time of old-style television where blurry black and white, staccato images were the name of the game. Granted, Hollywood might have been the hub of cinematography but, nestled in West Yorkshire, was a little town called Holmfirth. It was in this quaint little metropolis, back in 1870, that a portrait photographer named James Bamforth launched his company, Bamforth & Co Ltd. In 1883 he began specialising in making illustrated lantern slides.