"Entirely British Manufacture"

Published circa 1916

This back is of interest because of the following series of "Bed-warmer" cards which show a known "F S" card was still being reprinted in 1916, as were some other cards that had been published with an earlier "number only" back.

Publisher & printer unknown.

Do you want a bed warmer Sir?

F S Signed "F S"

Inland Vertigen 6520

[January 1911]


Writing Space dot

[4 October 1912]


Postcard PC dot I 466

[4 & 12 October 1912]


Entirely British 913(?)

This is the only signed "F S" card which has definitely been identified  as being reprinted with an "Entirely British Manufacture" back. While the format of the cards seem to remain the same the colour of the printing varies and the image is slightly modified.

The Cards in Number Order

I have used the following colour coding.
_____ Cards by "FP" or "Chalker"- Identity not known
  Cards reprinted from  Numbered [PC II] or an earlier printing, almost certainly by Fred Spurgin
  Probably reprinted cards but copies of earlier priting not yet located - perhaps by Fred Spurgin?
  Decision pending


I'm a good mind to have another drink before they close, there's a good light here.



Don't you let go Dear



A girl who would win a man's regard should let him see her sugar card


"You needn't hurry Miss. Take your time and mend it properly."

No ?66  Posted 11 September 1917



Jack's coming home today!

We all love Jack - the man who's been there

Signed FP

Entirely British



Just pop these into your bag and catch the first train



Three cheers for the red white and blue.

Signed FP



The weather is a bit rough but the birds are fine down here.

Signed FP


I'm getting on fine with the Sea Maidens down here

Signed FP




"Did you hear of my Jack being killed"

"Yes I shall feel it very much for you"

Signed FP



He: "Last time I spoke to you I was in trouble."

She: "And so was I, you know."

Signed FP


Many a cook has lost her mutton talking to a copper

Signed FP

April 1917



Out side only Sir

Not in these ---

Signed FP



Oh constable, could you oblige me with a penny for two ha'pennies?


He: "I feel as if I could fight the world."

She: "Why, you can'f fight pussy."

Signed FP


734 A Gallant Charge

Signed FP




You ought to be down here - you're missing things worth seeing.

Signed FP



Oh! I say

Signed FP



"What a nice girl. The more I see of her the more I like her."

Signed FP

14 September 1916





Nobody's doing it!

Signed FP



She: "What a shocking story."

He: "Yes I see you look shocked."

Signed FP



Am taking a flat up West.

Signed FP


Private View

at a dress exhibition!

[Also Numbered [PC II] 211]




If you see these before you're married, well, you are a naughty boy!



804   Sing a Song of Sixpence

A bottle full of dye

Four and twenty grey hairs

Touched up by and by



The Winning post and a bottle of port.

My Word.

What Combinations!

[Also Numbered [PC II] 211]



Woman, on her wedding day, dresses in garments bright and gay. But when she's married a year or two she thinks that any old thing will do.



Have you anything on to-night, dear?

Oh you rude boy, can't you see.



A Study in black and white

9 February 1917



Come on, old man, you're drunk. I shall have to run you in."

"Yesh, but you see I am helping to pay for the war."

Signed FP


"An Interesting Case on here - I'm working on it."

Signed FP



"What are you doing with that girl?" "Nothing" "What are you going to do?" "Nothing" "Here. Hold my lantern"

Signed FP

July 1916



"Keep still, Cookey, don't wriggle and I think we will be able to manage it"

Signed FP

17 August 1917



The soldiers are down here for their usual manoeuvres.


See also Postcard PC II  207 &

 The General


820  What more bally railings? What a long walk home it is to-night!

16 November 1916

See alsoPostcard PC II  286

825  A soldier will follow his 'general' anywhere, but ...


827  The Officers here are very nice. The General often asks me in to supper


830  It's a soldier's duty to salute the 'General'

These three cards are all reprints of cards early printed with Postcard PC II backs in about 1913, but with the soldier redrawn in khaki.  For details see The General.


Excuse my back.



Who wouldn't be a dog.



I just love a little black pussy.


"There's a man wanted here."

"Yes. and there's one coming up smiling."



Divorce Court

She: "Thank goodness I shall feel a different woman tonight"


Signed FP



Its hard to ask for a girl's hand and get her father's boot


850 Now I must have your name and address so its no use trying to hide youtself



"Just my luck! Only 'ad me 'air cut yesterday - a sheer waste of threepence!"



A safe deposit drawing great interest



"Every Picture tells a Story"

Now Showing



Rick-a-day, dick a-day dock

The mouse ran up the clock

883   Why Father couldn't find his Armlet!


904  Society Gossip - Lady Blueblud is spending a little time at her husband's country seat 


906  CONTRASTS - When you're young the bottle keeps you quiet - When you're old it makes you d___ noisy!


907  CONTRASTS - In the country - a cow and calves - in the town - ditto!



907 CONTRASTS - The single girl wishes her young man would go home - The married woman wishes he old man would come home.

18 June 1918

909  CONTRASTS - A Man swanks if his father is a General - But you bet he'll keep it dark if his mother is one!

23 February 1918



You can find a girl at almost any watering place - but there are exceptions


[Also Numbered [PC II] 250]


911 Mistress: "Mary, why have you been such a long time making the bed?" 

Mary: "Well you see, Mum, the Master was in it!"

[Also Numbered [PC II] 253]



Do you want a bed warmer sir?


Known signed "F S" - See other versions

914  "Mary, I want you to clean the Old Master"

Mary Obeyed Instructions


[Also Numbered [PC II] 300]


915   Master: "Mary, I want you to warm my bed to-night"  Mary: Excuse me Sir. I don't intend to warm any man's bed till I'm married!"

Entirely British 915


916  When Adam went courting

I hope Eve will smile on my suit


[Also Numbered [PC II] 706]


918 Want a new suit Sir? Our lady assistant will measure you!

[Also Numbered [PC II] 703]

See Adam & Eve


920 When I arrested the prisoner. your worship, he became violent, and tore my uniform


[Also Numbered [PC II] 705]



I can just about make things meet!



Once they were always together - but now they are living far apart


Two good reasons for the short skirt craze.



Every picture tells a story

On War Service




This is your room, Sir, and if there is anything you want in the night, ring for me.


I suppose I could earn enough to live on between the two



We have had quite a shock. Mary spilt the ink all over the new sitting room curtains



How can I meet you dear, tonight. If I look such an awful sight.

Summing up
If we exclude the cards signed "FP" This group could form a natural extention of the Numbered [PC II] group which run up 10 about 780, with prublication ceasing because of the outbreak of war cut off access to German printers.  After the break it seems a few cards were reprinted (with the same numbers) and a "PCi" back (presumably a British printer) - and in the case of one of the policemen cards a soldier was redrawn in a khaki uniform - See Policemen comics. Later arrangements were made with a different publisher for more mainly reprints on an "Entirely British Manufacture" back, starting at 800, and with less (if any) completely new cards. There is no evidence of any of the cards being reprinted later with different backs.

Of course this picture is not valid if the "FP" cards are included - but it is quite possible that the "FP" cards were produced for a different publisher but using the same printer (and hence identical backs) - with the overlap in number series being a co-incidence. Clearly more research is needed to try and clarify the relationship between the "FP" and other cards.