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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

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"I love to let the spray tickle my fancy"

Donald McGill is famed across the length of breadth and Britain for his saucy seaside postcards, but few know that he was born on the Isle of Wight and lived her for seventy of his sixty-four years.

Now a permanent museum in Newport will house a collection of some of the twelve thousand designs he designed over a fifty year career spanning from 1904 to 1967, including the cards too saucy to be a saucy postcard.

The prize of the exhibition will be the most controversial of all his designs that was banned by all seaside councils upon it's release. The design is so rare, that only two of the rare designs are still in existence, and the museum has one, with Gerald McGill, Donald's grandson, holding onto the other. It depicts a man in a petshop stood next to a cage with two blue tits in it, asking the over-endowed woman who works there if he can feel her tits, to which she responds, "No, but if you want a shag, I've got a carpet in the back."

Along side this rip roaringly funny postcard are numerous other examples of his work includinging the seminal nudist blackberry picking and the genre changing "It takes more than a little poke to upset me" card that sold at auction recently for three hundred pound.

The museum will be open on Tuesdays during school holidays, and due to the adult nature of the cards, will exclude children under thirty.

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