Dating donald mcgill postcards
‘Donald lost his foot in a rugby accident so he couldn’t partake in the fighting, but he did a big effort for the war by producing thousands of patriotic cards,’ said James Bissell-Thomas, the owner of the Donald Mc Gill Postcard Museum in Ryde, Isle of Wight.‘Most people have heard of him for his seaside postcards but, in fact, he has done much more than that.The biggest collection of First World War posrcards by prolific artist Donald Mc Gill is going on display for the first time – on Monday, the anniversary of the start of the conflict.The artist is famous for his comic seaside postcards, but he also helped the war effort by producing an incredible 1,500 different designs of patriotic postcards.You will find that Donald’s Cards will depict anything and everyone, his watchful eye never missed a humorous situation as he witnessed the years as they rolled through the 20th century.
Nick Higham has been for a preview of the exhibition in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
But in 1904 at the age of 30 his postcard career kicked off by accident when he sent a cartoon to a nephew in hospital of a man up to his neck in a frozen pond. ’ and was forwarded to a publisher who commissioned his work.
FIRST WORLD ONE POSTCARD BY DONALD Mc GILL Two war scenes from the pen of Donald Mc Gill, both portraying Germany on the defeated side Mc Gill quickly became an expert in the art of the postcard double entendre and his designs were ingenious, twisted and often downright rude.
Ooh saucy: A Mc Gill postcard often had a double meaning Beach boy: Mc Gill could even get away with penis jokes Two old men ogling a young lady but that’s all they’re doing. Mc Gill’s cards show the men serving at the front as well as the realities facing their families at home.
His designs cover issues such as rationing, home service, war profiteers, recruitment and soldiers in training.‘Many of the cards featured sentimental poems and would have been sent from soldiers to their loved ones.