Topics

"It is very Breezy"

 

Many of the "F S" cards have been republished with several different backs but the example here is more complex with earlier more primitive versions  and later copies by the well-known artists Comicus and Donald McGill. I have listed the cards in likely date order but the first is uncertain - is it an original "F S", or was it by Harry Quinton or someone else, and if so who copied who?

It is very windy here but am having a rare good time,

Unsigned

Copyright

E L P Co (East London Publishing Co)

This card raises some interesting questions as it could be an early card by "F S" for E L P Co.. However the card could be by Harry Quinton either as an original or a pirated copy

It is very breezy down here! but I'm enjoying myself alright

Unsigned

No Publisher

This card is a redrawn version of the previous card - and is the basis of most of the following cards. However it uses the same limited use of colour as the previous card and, very unusually, had a large red translucent inset which take up part of the address space. (While the stamp box says the postage is a half penny the hole suggests that the post office would not have treated it as a standard post card and charge 1d.)

It is very breezy down here

But I'm enjoying myself alright!

Signed "F S"

No Publisher

Inland Postage Back

26 April 1908

It is very breezy down here

But I'm enjoying myself alright!

Unsigned

No Publisher - Printed in Germany

Lined Address

 

This back is used by a number of "F S" series which were republished after the London View Co Ltd had closed (August 1907) and possibly dates from about 1908.

It's very windy but I'm enjoying myself all right

Signed Donald McGill

Asher Series A 240

 

This is clearly a modified copy of the "F S" image made by Donald McGill. The card was posted in 1908 and this date fits in well with Joseph Asher A numbers.

 

It is very breezy down here

But I'm enjoying myself alright!

Unsigned

Numbered 701 - No Publisher

 

A number of "F S" related cards were reprinted about 1913 and in particular numbers 698 and 699 are also from the "Down Here" set.

[Similar back]

A Blow by the Briny

Signed Comicus

No Publisher - No 3142

 

Copy of original which involves reversing the main figure so the wind is blowing idresses in one direction and hats in the other direction.

 

It is very windy here

Unsigned

No Publisher

 

New title and modified colours

It's very windy at Rhyl

signed Donald McGill

J A & Co

Published by Joseph Asher & Co. 3 & 4 Ivy Lane, London E C.

A 1450 - Printed in Bavaria

 

It's very windy but I'm enjoying myself at ...

Unsigned

No publisher

Posted 31 July 1922

[Same picture as earlier McGill picture]

I'm having a fine blow

signed Donald McGill

W. B. 9 Printed in England

Posted 27 August 1926

 

While clearly not a copy, Donald McGill was still drawing the same fat lady many years later.

 

If you'd like to show your red flannel petticoats come to breezy Blackpool

Some unsigned post cards on a similar theme, included for comparison, showing the wide variety of ways other artists have tackled the subject.

We are very much troubled by the wind

Blow, blow thou winter wind - Shakespeare

by Karaktus

What we may expect - A windy day will be most inconvenient

by Reg Carter

 
Outstanding Queries
  1. So far I have found nothing like the first two cards for any other "F S" cards. Are there any other examples?
  2. Are there similar examples involving such blatant copying of card images? [Copying the themes was very common throughout the industry but coping the actual drawing was far rarer.]