In 1870 James Bamforth began his business in Holmfirth, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire - a village now most famous for being the setting of the long running BBC comedy Last Of the Summer Wine.
Bamforth was a portrait photographer who later specialised in lantern slides. But it was the saucy postcards, launched in 1910, which sealed his firm's reputation.
They sold 14million a year in the cards' 1950s heyday, but political correctness and a change in social attitudes to sex were blamed for their decline and in 1990 the firm closed and the cards went out of print.
Many of the originals, including famous cartoons by Donald McGill, a staff artist at Bamforth for 62 years, and Arnold Taylor are now collector's items.
Taylor's favourite crack involved a policewoman, motorist and the text of their brief exchange. Policewoman: 'Anything you say will be taken down.' Male motorist: 'Knickers!'
Another recurring source of giggles on the postcards is women's fascination with what Scotsmen keep under their kilts.
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