No time to be bashful

Bamforth postcard launch'Dan Greenwood,left,owner of the Whitby Gift Shop and Bamforth owner Ian Wallace launch the new range of cheeky postcards.'Picture by Neil Silk   w124005a'01/10/12

Bamforth postcard launch'Dan Greenwood,left,owner of the Whitby Gift Shop and Bamforth owner Ian Wallace launch the new range of cheeky postcards.'Picture by Neil Silk w124005a'01/10/12

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A PAIR of Whitby gift shops are among the first in the UK to launch the new range of Bamforth’s world saucy seaside postcards.

Dan and Tina Greenwood, who own Whitby Gift Shop and Khyber Pass Gifts, were presented with the new range hot off the presses by Ian Wallace, owner of Bamforth’s, on Monday.

Bamforth postcard launch'Dan Greenwood,left,owner of the Whitby Gift Shop and Bamforth owner Ian Wallace launch the new range of cheeky postcards.'Picture by Neil Silk   w124005a'01/10/12

Bamforth postcard launch'Dan Greenwood,left,owner of the Whitby Gift Shop and Bamforth owner Ian Wallace launch the new range of cheeky postcards.'Picture by Neil Silk w124005a'01/10/12

“Let’s all have a good laugh now, we need a good reason to smile in these difficult days,” said Mr Wallace. “There are some good old firm favourites in the collection and some hilarious images that have not been seen for many years but are just as topical today as the year they were created.”

Bamforth Postcards are the world’s largest publisher of comic postcards. Over 90 years approximately 50,000 designs have been published, poking fun at politics, fashion and sex in its various guises.

The staple characters of large ladies accompanied by hen-pecked husbands have become iconic.

It is the first time in five years that Bamforth, using the postcard publisher Judges, have targeted seaside resorts, their shop ‘shop window’ for almost a century.