The big figures from the heyday of the political postcard were the Tory populist Joe Chamberlain, usually identified by his monocle, and the moustachioed Liberal Chancellor and later Prime Minister, David Lloyd George. And the key issue was the Liberal nostrum of free trade against Chamberlain's advocacy of 'Imperial preference' and so protectionism.
The postcard above - also bought at Warwick - is not the pinnacle of draughstmanship. But it is a marvellous, crude exposition of the issue of protectionism versus free trade. Arrayed on one side are Chamberlain, a booted gaucho or farmer probably representing South Africa, a kangaroo for Australia, and a black man probably representing the Caribbean. On the other side are a portly John Bull, a rather indifferent representation of Lloyd George, and a capped and corduroy-wearing figure who I suspect is the epitome of the British working man.
This postcard was not produced by a political party or lobby group as far as I can make out, and the verlarge number of free trade/protection/imperial preference postcards still out there suggests that there was a ready market for these pictorial representations of the big political issue of the day. It is difficult to see any contemporary political issue - not even the Iraq war - galvanising opinion to the extent that postcard depictions of it become corner shop bestsellers.
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