It passed into the hands of a private collector who has now sold them.
In the early 1930s, cartoon-style saucy postcards became widespread and at the peak of their popularity sales reached 16 million a year.
He recognised their world of furtive pre-marital sex, nagging wives and drunken husbands as his own.
Today, the vulgar humour of the working-men's club is a collectable period piece.
' Mr Brown: 'You bet I would, luv - but I'll have to get rid of the wife first]' - Approved, Blackpool Postcard Censorship Board, 1960.
Sales of Bamforth's cards fell from the 1963 peak of 16 million to 3.5 million today (a total suggesting that bum-and-boob jokes still have some bounce in them).MORE DETAILS Comic selection 1900s to 1950s, mostly pre-1940, with many named artists including Reg Carter, Tom Browne, Phil May, Reg Maurice, Donald Mc Gill, etc. (47) MORE DETAILS Entertainers and few other celebrities to 1960s, mostly pre-1950; VG lot with Edwardian actors & actresses, Film Stars, few Pop Stars, classical musicians, the economist J. (41) MORE DETAILS Glamour film stars (20), a selection of coloured 1950s & early 1960s European cards, all continental size, including Bardot (2), Elizabeth Taylor (5), Sophia Loren (5), Marilyn Monroe, Anita Ekberg. (96) MORE DETAILS Devon & Cornwall accumulation in plastic sleeves including street scenes of Sheepstor, Newton Abbot, Barnstaple and Camborne; harbours and pleasure boats; village scenes; close-up RP Plymouth tram 1938; etc. (143) MORE DETAILS Actors & Actresses comprising Sarah Bernhardt (2), Greta Garbo (2), Zarah Leander (6), Rudolph Valentino (3), Ramon Novarro (10), Pola Negri (3), and Lya Mara. (27) MORE DETAILS Edwardian actresses collection in modern album, including Gertie Millar (16), Isabel Jay (4), Edna May (16), Gabrielle Ray (12), Queenie Leighton (4), Mabel Love (2), Gaynor Rowlands (8), and wide variety of others. (208) MORE DETAILS Edwardian Theatre & later entertainers, a selection of Autographed PPCs and few plain-back photos, including Olive May, Marie Studholme, Nina Sevening; a few signatures stamped or printed. (54) MORE DETAILS Exhibitions 1900s to 1950s, British and Irish,including Franco-British (20) with Trade Stands and Patriotic types, Bradford Woven Silk, Sherlock Holmes 1951, Scottish 19 (4), etc.Postcard humour, invented by men born in Victorian and Edwardian times, never outgrew the Thirties.Gags did get cockier in the permissive Sixties - when sales were plummeting fastest - but they still relied on the nudge-nudge, wink-wink innuendo that went out with Max Miller and music hall.