I Wish I Could See My Little Willy

Dates:22 July 2011 to 2 August 2011

Dreamland Trust and the National Cartoon Archive

Following the Conservative’s return to power in 1951 the work of ‘The King of the Saucy Postcard, Donald McGill, came into question when the government decided to crack down on Britain’s declining morals following the Second World War.

Artwork and literature deemed too rude to view by committees of taste and decency was censored and it was the action of local prudes that led to the prosecution and burning of McGill’s postcards by the Margate magistrates court following a series of police raids.

Dreamland Trust Board member and historian, Mandy Wilkins, has been working with Heritage Advisor, Nick Dermott and the British Cartoon Archive to exhibit McGill’s saucy postcards in the Margate magistrate’s court. Members of the public will be able to examine and judge for themselves whether or not McGill’s postcards are too rude to view – and it’s all done in the best possible taste, of course!

Open 12-4 on Sunday and 11-5 Monday – Saturday 23 July – 2 August

Additional Free Events:

Sat 30 July 2pm

A visual talk by British Cartoon Archive Curator Nick Hiley

“Good honest vulgarity? The 1950’s campaign agaist seaside postcards”

Sat 30 July 3pm

Getting the joke

Neil Brand’s Radio 4 play  – nominated for the Tinniswood prize for best radio drama  – the play tells the story of Postcard King Donald McGill’s trial for obscenity in 1953