Publisher

"Art & Humour Publishing Co Ltd"

Art and Humour Publishing Co was formed in 1915 and initially operated from 27 Chancery Lane. One of its founders was Maurice Spurgin, brother of Fred Spurgin. In 1918 it became a limited company. In 1924 it was reorganised and moved to 69 Southwark Bridge Road, finally closing in about 1926.

Fred Spurgin, who had been producing large numbers of cards for Inter-Art, moved to the company and many if not most of the Art and Humour cards were produced by him, and a number (with his signature) also appear with either the name of another publisher, or with no publisher identification.

The following cards are a random sample of those which have caught my eye, to show the very wide variety in his output.

Series

 

All Scotch

All Women

Armlet

Bathing

Bow Bells

Bulldog

Burlesque

Brighter

Brightside

Brilliant

Burlesque

Charmer

Cheer O

Civil Life

Comedy

Convalescent

Dancing

Easter

Effective

Effess

Election

Food Budget

Footer

Frivolity

Funny Fancies

Golden Ring

Great Sight

Happy Thoughts

Hopeful

HopeUK

Humorous Birthday

Jack of Hearts

Jocular

Jolly Kiddies

Kidkards

Leap Year

Little Comrades

Little Joker

Memory

Mirthful

Noveline

Noveluck

Now Smile

Our Munitions

Peace

Pick

Private Cupid

Reflexion

Sailor Prints

Screamer

Sea Blue

Seaside

Sen-To-Sea

Smiler

Some Kid

Sunny Sand

Tiny Tots

Tiny Tickles

The Pick

Topical

Topical Tickles

Topole

Topping

Tribunal

Turk

Unique

Wee Scottie

Wireless

Women Workers

Xmas

 

This is a much expanded version of the list by Ray Collier and published n Picture Post Card Magazine April & May 1986.

A Typical early back, showing the Art and Humour logo.

Peace and Happiness

PEACE

We stopped at all the interesting places on the way

SEASIDE

A Merry Xmas! No more shall we be threatened by "Jerry" so ...

XMAS

Please Mr Plumber can you mend my doggie - it leaks

TOPICAL TICKLES

 

This is not a time for grousing

BRIGHTSIDE

 

The Grandest Naval Display

LITTLE COMRADES

 

 

Just come down by the sea

SUNNY SAND 597

12 July 1920

 

I Find the best place for resting is on the front

SEASIDE

The place is packed but we managed to get into the Grand

SEASIDE

They think we are awful swells on the front

SEASIDE

Nody's Nurse: You've brought me the wrong dressing

CONVALESCENT

 

Busy with military duties but manage to squeeze a few little things in between

TOPICAL

 

One of the many things we're forced to go without

TOPICAL

 

Glad you're all right Now you're all left! You'll do all wrong if you don't all write

NOVELINE

 

I've got a Mac with me. that's why I'm dry

BRIGHTSIDE

Ever of thee I'm fondly dreaming

GOLDEN RING

 

A few notes from Home Sweet Home

PICK

 

I'm sitting up and taking nourishment

BURLESQUE

It is not so bad as being out at the front

SOME KID

 

The music of your voice comes to me in my dreams

CIVIL LIFE

 

When next a letter you send to me let me have a little Tea

TOPICAL TICKLES

 

When I come down I only take away the most necessary things

COMEDY

 

At a time like this we must grin and bare it

SMILER

What's the meaning of this?

JOCULAR

 

Just like some men - out all night and always after the birds

BRIGHTER

 

When you give one a drink, don't tell the tale

???

Held up for inspection

WOMEN  WORKERS

 

I shan't discard my Identity Disc    NOW SMILE

Signed "F S"

 

Love's Service Post Card

NOVELINE

 

Passed by the Military

TRIBUNAL

 

I'll vote for a woman any day!

ELECTION

 

Two drops of gin and I'm a perfect "puss."  Two drops of ginger beer and I'm a perfect "pussyfoot."  EFFESS

 

The whole family listen in every evening

WIRELESS

 

Can't get away - but am getting 'tanned' at home

Signed "F S"  SEN-TO-SEA

Easter Greeting

EASTER

 

The end of the shirt which sister Susie sewed

KIDKARDS

 

You''ll get a terrific hug when we meet!

COMEDY

 

A cross-word competition

CROSSWORD

 

Women are doing a great deal, generally speaking

ALL WOMEN

I cannot hide my great love from you

CIVIL LIFE 

 

It won't be long before I'm as brown as that  SEASIDE

 

Now that I'm here I'm sorry I only came down for the day

SEASIDE

   

Don't be surprised if I look in

GREAT SIGHT

 

 

I hope you've come to stay with us for ever

PEACE