Royal Mail row pushes Bamforth back into the spotlight

Samantha Loveday

By Samantha Loveday

April 11th 2011 at 10:13AM
Royal Mail row pushes Bamforth back into the spotlight

Seven out of ten cartoons for saucy seaside postcard stamp collection fall foul of Royal Mail ban.

Yorkshire-based comedy postcard company, Bamforth, has seen a number of its vintage cartoons fall foul of Royal Mail restrictions on rudeness.

A limited edition of 200 sets of ten stamps with Bamforth postcard designs had been planned to celebrate 100 years of Bamforth cards. However, seven of the ten cartoons put forward by the company were rejected by the Royal Mail as too rude.

However, the row has pushed the company straight into the pages of the national press, with coverage appearing in the Daily Star and online, further raising awareness of JELC's licensing campaign.

"We were a bit surprised at the ban," said Janet Woodward, director at JELC. "These cards are, after all. a part of British history, just as much as musicals, railways, wildlife, Carry On films and many other themes that have graced special stamp editions in recent years.

"Plus the Royal Mail and the GPO before it, must have earned millions of pounds in postage from Bamforth postcards being mailed from seaside holidays, not to mention overseas during both World Wars to men on the frontline from their families.

"Luckily, we do have a few thousand more for the Royal Mail to consider..."