Publisher

"International Art Co"

(Inter-Art)

The International Art Company was formed by Robert and Louisa McCrum in 1909 and specialised in fine art postcards and continued until after the Second World War. They are of interest here because the company published a very large number of Fred Spurgin's cards between 1910 and 1916. The flow stopped at about the time that Fred Spurgin started providing cards for Art & Humour.

A Selection of [Mainly] Frederick Spurgin's Cards

The list of sets (left column) was compiled by Ray Collier and was published (with titles of individual cards) in Picture Post Card Magazine April & May 1986. Sets typically consisted of six or 12 cards.

1909

 

[Kute Kiddies]

   

Sale Now On! Everything Down

Unsigned (Spurgin)

KUTE KIDDIES No 612

May &  August 1910

   

1910

 

I'm scratching damn hard for a living!

signed CK

COCK-A-DOODLE-DO  Series 805

 

The Fast Mail

Signed CK

COCK-A-DOODLE-

 

Madam, can you lay a table?

Signed CK

COCK-A-DOODLE-Do Series 806

1 September 1910

Sets by Spurgin

 

 

 

 

1911

[Coronation]

Harem,

Haremette,

Hobble,

 Seaside,

 Springtime,

 Spurgin,

Topical Christmas,

 Winning

 

What I saw of the Coronation

Unsigned (Spurgin?)

CORONATION 830

I hope you won't split

 Unsigned (Spurgin)

HOBBLE 839

My wife has worn them a long time

Signed "F S" (Spurgin)

HAREM 860

In the Shepherd's Fold.

Signed "S" (Spurgin)

WINNING 902

 

Speak! Speak!

Signed "Fredk Spurgin"

SPURGIN 913

Why do you wear the breeks, Lassie?

Signed "F S" (Spurgin)

HAREMETTE 927

Some girls do make terrible bloomers

Signed "Fredk Spurgin"

BLOMMER KIDS 931

 

A Most Merry XMAS. Watch you are not caught

Signed "F S" (Spurgin)

TOPICAL CHRISTMAS 80

In the Spring

The Spring has come so sudden

Unsigned (Spurgin)

SPRINGTIME 108

4 April 1912

 

We're splashing it

Seaside Series

SEASIDE 117

2 August 1912

1912

Beauty,

Johnny,

Katchy Kids,

Leap Year,

Licker,

Mephisto,

Nipper,

Pannier,

Springtime,

Turks,

Xmas

"Missus wants another tongue"

"What, to lick stamps"

LICKER series 193

Unsigned

Am I supposed to stick the stamps on myself?

LICKER series 193

Unsigned

We're only trying to get at you!

LEAP YEAR series 95

 

I'll be with you in two ticks

DUTCH KIDS series

No 321

The things I have to go through

YOUNGSTERS

series

No 486

I couldn't go without a chaperone

KATCHY KIDS series 166

15 October 1912

Another Rising in Turkey

TURKS series

No 967

Turkish Delight

TURKS series

No 971

Alright Behind

BEAUTY Series

No 208 

 

1913

Birthday, Bobby, Bow-Wow, Briny, Cafe, Cinema, Dutch Kids, English Kids, Girlie, Hennery, Jack Tar, Kiddoo, Kitty Kats, Mirth, Odd Kids, Panel, Patriotic, Quaint Kiddies, Scout, Tartan, Target, Tiny Tots, Toast, Waifs, Wee Mites, Xmas, Youngsters

Not there, not there, my Child

Il n'est pas l mon enfant

ENGLISH KIDS Series

 No 315

"If I dare - but I daren't."

QUAINT KIDDIES series 270

11 January 1913

"Don't come up - I'm dressing."

QUAINT KIDDIES series 273

"I don't like this kid, so back he goes under the gooseberry bush."

KIDOO series 379

[No publisher]

I'm counting the minutes until I see you

Signed Spurgin

WEE MITES 476

Inter-Art

31 August 1913

 

Do I get 30/- for every one?

Hennery Series

No 390

 

A Happy Birthday

Here's wishing you all you wish yourself

Birthday  Series No 278?

On the Panel - There is no complaint

Nothing to pay

8/6 for me

PANEL series  No 456

Alone at Last

Kitty Kats Series

No 329

Happy Birthday Greetings

Birthday Series

No 276

 
 

1914

Artistic,

Boy Scouts,

 Chic,

Chic Coon,

Fairy,

Freak,

Holiday,

Kids,

Komic Kids,

 Luvnot,

Patriotic,

Patriotic Xmas,

Racy, Remembrance, Robert,

Storyette, Tango,

 Tommy,

Topics,

Wee Rogues,

Witty

You must come and bring your music.

Witty Series

No 679

If only you were here

Chic Kids Series

No 561

 

I Want you to know I remember

Forget-me-not Series

No 271

You're the only girls I ever loved

Wee Rogues Series

No 570

Why don't they chain him up for biting

Girlie Series No 528

     

1915

Alliance, Beach, Bulldog, Cherie, Comrade, Forget-Me-Not, Good Luck, Home Sweet Home, Khaki, N A, New Love, One Four Nine, One Nine Seven, Steadfast, Ten Six One,  Terrier, Valliant

Friends in need are friends indeed

Patriotic Series No

More Dread-noughts

Patriotic Series No 471

Every little thing on my arm has a meaning all its own

Khaki Series No 1057

1916

Eleven Twenty Two, Twelve Sixty Two

We all Love Jack

Patriotic III Series

No 796

God grant us Peace with Honour

Remembrance Series

No 844

You are my hero!

C'est toi mon heros!

Valiant Series

No 1117

 

 

"I'm trying to forget everything but you."

Signed Spurgin

ONE-NINE-SEVEN 202

Father wanted me to be a boy

Unsigned

TWENTY -SIXTY-TWO Series 1264

   

Other Spurgin Children cards

I've two of everything.

Coon Series 628

We can also do a little on the sea

ComradeSeries 967

A drop too much

Youngster Series 491

No publisher name but part of Inter-Art Sets

Her's to the Good Girl! - not too Good, for the Good die young and we don't like dead 'uns

Toast Series No 261

O Lord! Give me a Pure Heart. A Loving Heart, A Sweet-Heart

Target Series No 265

 

You are my favourite moving picture

Cinema Series

No

Publisher name but part of Inter-Art Sets

 

You are just my Mark

 

[Target Series]

 with

D G back

   

When Fred Spurgin left other artists continued to produce cards with young children

I Ain't no blooming girl

Signed Phil Martin

HOLBORN Series

Posted 1910

Things are not so 'low down' now!

KOMIC KIDS

Series 645

 

??? by Spurgin? ?

Say -

 I don't look worried

I don't feel worried

Can't be flurried

and won'be worried

Like you?

NOVEL 648

12 March 1912

 

 

SORT OUT

       

I would like to steal a kiss from you

Signed Spurgin

COMIQUE 380

I'm cock of the walh here!

KATCHY 874

22 June 1912

 

Donald McGill started producing cards for Inter-Art in 1915 at about the time that Fred Spurgin moved to Art & Humour

TWO O THREE 204

TWO EIGHT ONE 285

TWO EIGHT FIVE 289

RECRUITS 923