Some Contemporary Artists of 'F S'

Donald McGill

Donald McGill was one of the more famous comic card artists of the early 20th century, and produced cards for a number of British post card publishers. The principle interest here arises because of the similarity of the following two cards, and in particular the dating of his card "It's very windy."

It is very breezy down here! but I'm enjoying myself alright

 

Two very similar cards - so who copied who?

Card by "F S" (circa 1906/7)

Card by Donald McGill (posted 1908)

See "It is very breezy"

 

It's very windy but I'm enjoying myself all right

E S 86 (1906)

 

ES 2069

 

Donald McGill's first cards appeared in 1905 in the Empire Series (E S) for the Pictorial Postcard Company. There were a few more in 1906 and the majority appeared in 1907. The Company was wound up in 1908.

 

ES 2007

ES 2023

ES 2044

ES 2050

ES 3129

    When the Pictorial Postcard Co closed the busines transferred, in part at least, to the Hutson Brothers, and Donald McGill continued to produce post cards for the,  

The Helter Skelter by Donald McGill

HB Not numbered - September 1909

A 19

A 66

After the Pictorial Postcard Co closed  Donald McGill started producing cards for Joseph Asher and some of the early cards are shown here

Initially the cards were in a somewhat similar style.

A 110

A 255

A 101

Assuming that the "Asher A" series numbers represent the order in which the different cards were published the card It's very windy but I'm enjoying myself all right was numbered A 240 and comes about here in the series - suggesting a date no earlier than 1908.

A 262

A 245

A 247

A 322

 

McGill went on to produce many more comic post cards.

A 295

A 428

 

Two later cards are of interest  as they use the same fat woman.

In particular the card on the left includes the man loosing his hat in a way similar to tha of the original "F S" card.