Saucy seaside postcards confiscated by police in 1950s finally revealed


I wish I could see my little Willy! Saucy seaside postcards confiscated by police in 1950s for being too obscene finally revealed

6:05 PM on 23rd September 2011

I wish I could see my little Willy: Saucy seaside postcards confiscated by police in 1950s under anti-obscenity laws go on show in a new exhibition I wish I could see my little Willy: Saucy seaside postcards confiscated by police in 1950s under anti-obscenity laws go on show in a new exhibition

I wish I could see my little Willy: Saucy seaside postcards confiscated by police in 1950s under anti-obscenity laws go on show in a new exhibition

Tame: The cards that were banned in the 50s now seem like a breath of fresh air in their innocence Tame: The cards that were banned in the 50s now seem like a breath of fresh air in their innocence

Tame: The cards that were banned in the 50s now seem like a breath of fresh air in their innocence

The collection is to on display at Kent University The cards look innocent now, but in the Fifties they enraged anti-obscenity campaigners who branded them a corrupting influence

Line of defense: “Those who are pure of mind won”t see the meaning, those whose minds are corrupt enough to get the puns are already corrupt, thus cannot be harmed by the images, the artists” legal team argued

Tame: The cards that were banned in the 50s now seem like a breath of fresh air in their innocence Tame: The cards that were banned in the 50s now seem like a breath of fresh air in their innocence

British tradition: The postcards paint a vivid picture of Britain at the time, when sex was a taboo subject that was talked about using innuendo

The postcards were subversive in the way they dealt with sex The postcards were subversive in the way they dealt with sex

Cheeky: The postcards were subversive in the way they dealt with sex, says Dr Hiley – they seem innocent at first, then the rudeness just explodes out