Hertfordshire Postcard Artists, Photographers, Publishers, etc.

"Hertfordshire Cards" by Cynicus, 1911-1916

 

Old Herts

Post Cards

The pseudonym "Cynicus" was used by the artist and cartoonist Martin Anderson (1854-1932) and a book about him The Fortunes of Cynicus: Victorian Cartoonist and Postcard Designer has been published by Elspeth Reid & Flora Davidson. (Not yet seen).

The earliest were published by the Cynicus Publishing Co. Ltd, Tayport, Fife, before about 1911, and the Cynicus  Art Publishing Co was set up in Leeds in about 1913 but the company was wound up in 1916.

The relevance to Hertfordshire is that he published humorous cartoon post cards which would be printed with the names of various towns - some of which were in Hertfordshire.

The card "The Lovers' Walk," shown here associated with Wheathampstead, was published with many different place names all over the country.

 

Lovers Lane - Wheathampstead - Cynicus PC

     


Our Village - Waltham Cross - posted 1909

 

The following is one of the later cards, published at Leeds. I don't know if any of the later cards were published with the names of Hertfordshire Towns.

Army Billetting, Canterpury - PC by Cynicus

The result of Army billeting in Canterbury

Please tell me if you have any further information on this publisher's cards in Hertfordshire.

March 2014   Army billeting card added
December 2014   Brought Sold card added