Tart Cards: London's illicit advertising art

Archer, Caroline (2003) Tart Cards: London's illicit advertising art. Mark Batty Publishers, New York. ISBN 0972424040

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Abstract

In London, sex has been sold through advertising cards posted in phone boxes since the early 1980s. Some 13 million cards are produced each year, and at any one time more than 700 phone booths in Central London are used as ad hoc hoardings, advertising the whole gamut of deviance and desire. The range of ?services? offered by the cards depicted in this work range from A to V.I.P. Among the range of often esoteric services on offer are such delights as Sub, Dom, TV Shoplifters, Baby Cosseting and Busty, Black or Blonde. Tracing the history of these ephemeral items, Tart Cards provides an opportunity to explore a real example of the evolution of vernacular design and an insight into a sexual netherworld.

Item Type: Book
Date: 1 January 2003
Uncontrolled Keywords: London, sex, technology, graphic design, type, typography, printing, communication
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: Caroline Parre
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 13:08
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 13:08
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9450

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