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Humorous motor-car postcards Page 2.

Continuing from the first page, here are some more amusing postcards that feature motor-cars in them, ranging from the early 1900s Edwardian era, to the 1940s. When you're finished here, click this link to visit the first page in this section, or else visit the main Motoring Humour section, for other light-hearted items.

A couple in their car
A young courting couple are seen here out for a pleasant drive to the woods. He appears to have amorous desires on the young lady sharing the drive in his two-seat tourer (Wolseley Hornet Special perhaps???). The franking on this postcard suggests a date of 1935.
The Jam That Mother Made
One of my favourites from all the postcards I have, The Jam That Mother Made shows a bemused mother causing traffic chaos. The rattled traffic policeman is doing his best to direct traffic, but not really helping the lorry drivers all around. 1937.
Another unused postcard here, so no real idea when it was printed, but surely from the 1930s? The owner of the car introduces his leggy wife to the bloke in a hat. Judging by her legs, in stockings no less, he would be more than happy to make her acquaintance.
Is your journey really necessary?
This postcard dates to the wartime years in Britain. "Is your Journey Really Necessary" was one of many slogans put out to remind motorists during the war that fuel was strictly rationed, assuming you could get your hands on any at all. The cartoon shown here is of a couple Just Married (again) - the car registration OK 42 (Ok For Two) is a nice touch. On the rear is a reminder to "Keep Saving for a Rainy Day" and a brief poem: "We saved to win the war, Our efforts must not cease, By saving more and more, We'll surely win the peace!".
Postcard about speed limits
To the first of three Edwardian-era postcards to feature now. The first is titled "No Speed Limit For Us", and while not particularly amusing as such, it echoes a certain amount of rebelliousness that many a motorist, then and now, felt towards the speed limit. Five cheery people, plus a driver who is familiarising himself with the automobile's controls, are shown. Unlike the postcards that have already been included here, this and the next example are both of American origin, although who published them isn't known. Does anyone know what car they're sat in?
A motorist is held up
Smooching while sat in a motor-car is a theme common to many humorous postcards. The next example, titled "We're held up along the road", sees a hatted gent staring at his pocket watch impatiently, while a young couple enjoy a canoodle in their horse-less carriage. Once again, the image is a hand-tinted version of a black and white photograph.
A man is run over
Returning to British-produced postcards now, in this case by Bamforth & Co. It was franked on December 24th 1907, and bears a scrawled message simply saying "Wishing you a Happy Christmas" on its reverse side. In this scene, a gent sporting appropriate headgear and goggles, looks down in shock having just run over a chap who looks less-than impressed with his predicament. The legend reads "While in...(fill in location of choice) I ran across an old friend of yours." The vehicle is registered X 318.

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