Back:

"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

 

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 - most likely by Fred Spurgin
  Decision pending
     

714

Three cheers for the red white and blue.

Signed FP

     

716 

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

Signed FP

 

 

719

"Did you hear of my Jack being killed"

"Yes I shall feel it very much for you"

Signed FP

 

720

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

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

Signed FP

721

Many a cook has lost her mutton talking to a copper

Signed FP

April 1917

 

723

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

 

724

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

 

739

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

Signed FP

 

742

Oh! I say

Signed FP

 

744

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

Signed FP

14 September 1916

   

 

 

 

 

750

Nobody's doing it!

Signed FP

 

751

She: "What a shocking story."

He: "Yes I see you look shocked."

Signed FP

 

752

Am taking a flat up West.

Signed FP

801

Private View

at a dress exhibition!

[Also Numbered [PC II] 211]

 

 

802

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

(brown)

 

804   Sing a Song of Sixpence

A bottle full of dye

Four and twenty grey hairs

Touched up by and by

(brown)

805

The Winning post and a bottle of port.

My Word.

What Combinations!

[Also Numbered [PC II] 211]

 

808

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.

 

809

Have you anything on to-night, dear?

Oh you rude boy, can't you see.

 

815

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

Signed FP

 

818

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

Signed FP

17 August 1917

     

818

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.

831

Excuse my back.

 

832

Who wouldn't be a dog.

 

835

I just love a little black pussy.

840 

"There's a man wanted here."

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

 

846

Divorce Court

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

He: "SO SHALL I"

Signed FP

 

848 

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

852

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

 

860

"Every Picture tells a Story"

Now Showing

 

881

Rick-a-day, dick a-day dock

The mouse ran up the clock

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

         

910 

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]

 

913

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]

   

921

I can just about make things meet!

 

923

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

931

Two good reasons for the short skirt craze.

 

943

Every picture tells a story

On War Service

 

 

960 

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

               
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.