The Old Grey Mare

Bamfords postcard LP shop small

A nice piece of social history, referencing popular music and showing the inside of a record department back in the day. Artist Brian Fitzpatrick joined the famous firm of Bamforth’s in 1954 and worked for them for twenty years. Although it looks older, this card must be from around 1963 and references Cliff Richard (managing to add an ‘s’ to his name as many mistakenly did), The Beatles, plus dance crazes such as Rave and Twist.  The Old Grey Mare is the title of an old folk song first recorded in the early 1900s, and provides the card with the punch line here, as well as perhaps dating the illustrator himself somewhat!

The local Kirkless council used to have a fabulous museum devoted to the famous postcard firm in Holmfirth (where they were made) but closed it some years ago fearing in these PC times we’d all be traumatised by the content.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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2 Responses to The Old Grey Mare

  1. Well, it’s the traditional sexism of the sixties, isn’t it? Nudge, nudge.
    I’m more traumatised by Cliff Richard.

  2. simon robinson says:

    Yeah, he was someone you either got or really disliked back then from what I remember.

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