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Isle of Wight Christmas card collection 'witty and humorous'

Thu 22 Dec 2011

Isle of Wight Christmas card collection 'witty and humorous'

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays may be running out of time to view a Christmas card collection by Donald McGill that is currently being hosted in Ryde.

James Bissell-Thomas, owner of the Donald McGill Postcard Museum, stated he was surprised when he realised just how many of the cards had been designed by the artist.

But he has to sell the collection, due to the fact there is not enough room at the museum to put them on display at the location.

Mr Bissell-Thomas explained there is more to the Christmas cards than being rude, even though they are famous for their bawdy humour and innuendo.

"He is not just sauce and seaside. His Christmas cards are witty and humorous and he also comments on society at the time, which is fascinating," the museum curator said.

It is thought the collection of Christmas cards could be worth as much as £240,000 and Mr Bissell-Thomas is hoping another seaside museum will come forward as a buyer for the exhibition, which features 120,000 postcards, original artwork and copper printing plates.

Mr Bissell-Thomas noted a lot of people are not even aware McGill made Christmas cards as well as his postcards, which may persuade those on Isle of Wight holidays to go along to the Donald McGill Postcard Museum in Ryde and view them for themselves.

McGill died in 1962 after working into his 80s, although his cards continued to be published for a number of years following his death.

Adults gain admittance to the museum for £3.50, while children under the age of 16 pay £1.50, making it an affordable trip for those visiting the island over the course of the festive period.

Small children under the age of five are subject to a charge of just one penny to enter the Donald McGill Postcard Museum in Ryde.

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