Fred Spurgin signing himself

Syllikuss

An unconventional set of comic cards were published by E. R. Green & Co of Blackpool in the "Victoria Series." They were signed "Syllikuss" and all appeared in the summer of 1909.

They are believed to be by Frederick Spurgin for the following reasons.

  1. The style is similar to that of Karaktus (another name used by Spurgin).

  2. The Syllikuss series starts within months of the last Karaktus cards, and stops shortly before Spurgin started using his own name as a signature.

  3. Both Karaktus and Syllikuss cards used current music hall songs in 1909 - and one American song used by Spurgin in the USA in 1908 also appears of a Syllikuss card - although with a very different approach.

  4. No one seems to have suggested another identity for Syllikuss.

Father always likes his back scrubbed on Bath Nights

79 - Posted 30 June 1909

Frolics at the Rink - Oh Save me Willie

80- Posted 19 August 1909

 

Frolics at the Rink

One is never responsible for one's actions at the rink

81 - Posted 9 August 1909

Victoria Series

 

Early view cards (1907) unnumbered

4 - 20 August 1909 (comic unsigned)

11 - 8 September 1908 (view)

14 - ?? September 1908 (view)

48 - 24 September 1908 (view)

65 [Teddy Aston's Copyright dated 25/9/08] (comic)

68 [Teddy Aston's Copyright] (comic)

221 - 14 September 1909 (view)

That'sh all Ri Hic. Try for the middle one! But which blamed hand shall I use!

85

13 August 1909

 

   

You don't know Nellie as I know Nellie

said the saucy little bird in Nellie's hat  [Song]

87

A Gentleman of well cut features

88

Posted 1911?

 

[Also with the following text:

"I'm Kelly, a gentleman of well cut features from the Isle of Man" 1909]

Just like home made love to the cook next door

89

4 August 1909

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How my Missus plants tiny seeds of love

90

John Willie - Come On!

91  - Posted 26 July  & 17 Sept 1909

The Childrens Act - The barman is sent out to mind the kids

92 - Posted [23 August 1909]

13 September 1909

 

"Lead us not into Temptation"

93 Posted 29 September 1909

[2 August 1910]

 

Published by E R G & Co, Blackpool

No 93

Victoria Series

The Publisher is E R Green & Co, Victoria Street, Blackpool

Frolics at the Rink - And his Days work was done [Song]

94 - Posted 19 & 30 August 1909

  Missing numbers

79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 

What Mary Sang - Put me on an Island where the girls are few [song]

96 - Posted 11 & 30 August 1909

As we sat on the end of the pier  [song]

97

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"F S"

for information on all early "F S" (Spurgin) post cards 

Send me some more money - only a copper left

100 - posted 1910

Newly Married Couple

He: Where can we get lodgings Pet?

She (impatiently): Anywhere will do [song]  101 - Unposted

["Anywhere will do" by Harry Castling & Fred Godfrey, 1908]

Where's your luggage Mac?

102 - Posted 16 August 1909

 

"Put me amongst the Girls"

103 - Posted 16 August 1911

Never mind me - Save the Ladies

104 - Posted 17 July 1911

Just a line from ____

109 - Posted 20 March, 1912

This page is provided to help card collectors identify cards by Syllikuss (Frederick Spurgin) so it will help everyone if you can fill in gaps by providing picture titles (and numbers), thumbnail pictures (250 pixel long), and date of posting information.

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Frolics at the Rink - Pa and Family on Skates - Pa develops a speed of 30 Miles an hour and finishes up through a brick wall     ???

We have arrived

??? Posted 1910

Eh! If ah could only lose T'missus for a bit    ???

Hints to Skaters - Don't Swank 

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