E.T.W.Dennis:  The Father of the British Picture PostCard.

Research Articles on E.T.W.Dennis

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        I have written a number of research articles on the firm of  E.T.W.Dennis of Scarborough, as the first publisher of picture postcards in Great Britain in September 1894.  It  is now generally accepted  that Dennis was the first GB PPC publisher and that the "older" claims to be the first (Stewart, Blum & Degen etc) , are now sidelined for lack of evidence.  (Actually Blum and Degen only claimed 1895 onwards )

 

Articles on the firm of E.T.W.DENNIS

Publication and date

Title

Summary

Author

Picture Postcard Monthly

 Sept 1991

The first GB picture postcard :  Part 1 Found no evidence to support previous claims (Stewart, B&D etc) to be the first GB PPC  publisher .  E.T.W.Dennis was the first GTW
Picture Postcard Monthly

 Dec 1991

The first GB picture  postcard:  Part 2 Presented further evidence that E.T.W.D was the first GB publisher in Sept 1894

The two parts  were voted "Best Article of the Year"

GTW

 

Picture Postcard Monthly

Oct 1992

Printed in Saxony

A first look at this early Dennis published chromo litho series. Now totally superseded by the Oct 1999 PPM  article q.v. GTW
Picture Postcard Monthly

 Oct 1999

Printed in Saxony

 A new look at this "Printed in Saxony" series showing that the Newcastle and Sunderland artist drawn vignettes were exact copies of Auty of Tynemouth photographs. Many illustrations of Scottish cards from this series were shown,  in the hope of finding their photographic origins. GTW
Picture Postcard Monthly

 June 2000

E.T.W.Dennis

 Father of the British View Card

This was a follow up to the Oct 1999 article. The Scottish views were shown to be copied from photographs taken by G.W.Wilson. Clearly  Dennis was the   publisher of the "Printed in Saxony" series.  Many illustrations of the English cards were included in an attempt to find their photographic origins. Other aspects of Dennis pre 1900 PPC publishing were dealt with GTW
Picture Postcard Monthly

 Dec 2006

& Jan 2007

E.T.W.Dennis and the Sudan War ETWD published a series of PPCs using ETWD photographs taken during the Sudan War .Details given elsewhere on this site, See index for a link GTW

 

       
 Picture Postcard Monthly  Annual 2014 Early cards  Dennis cards pre 1900  featured. Other favourite early cards displayed. GTW
Picture Postcard Monthly

June 2014

Letter concerning Stewart of Edinburgh "first" claim.  In reply to a letter in May 2014 PPM , I gave details of the Stewart of Edinburgh claim to be the first commercial PPC. I concluded that the alleged Stewart 1894 cards shown were colour and proof trials only and were never issued. GTW
June 2014 PPM Jack Broadrick:Comic Artist A lot of Jack Broadrick's  PPCs were printed and published by ETW Dennis GTW
July 2014 Another letter concerning the Stewart of Edinburgh  "first" claim   In a letter to PPM on p47,  I gave details of the very  early Stewart card printed by Ludeking , Hamburg GTW

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