Leeds Postcards. Postcards which are oppositional, activist, feminist, challenging, a voice for the oppressed, impressed, or simply pressed: Activism by design since 1979
Amusing, thoughtful, satirical quote postcards. Embracing good thinking, and thinking about the good. Leeds Postcards is an independent postcard press. Our aim is to inform, challenge, question and maybe just amuse.
We produce postcards, button badges and fridge magnets. Many feature quotes from inspirational people.
WHEN IT HAS TO BE SAID...
Let's start with the Leeds bit. Leeds is in the North of England. Over 200 miles from London. We are based in Leeds - and were started in Leeds. And are made in Leeds.
The cards are not about Leeds. They are not postcards of Leeds. Leeds is not the subject. It was a defiant attack against the cultural hegonomy of the South!! By 1996 we were the longest running workers co-op in the country - now it is run on very low overheads and self exploitation. Viva Leeds.
The idea started in 1979 - inspired by the German political postcards published by Klaus Staeck. Postcards as a political tool and agent for change!
These oppositional, inspiring images were too small to need permission and could be put on display sent and shared eg. at school and in the workplace.We were independently distributed to independent bookshops and other radical outlets as well as on sale at festivals, protests and political gatherings.
Oppositional activism was very strong and in the eighties and we attracted exciting new political and cultural artists like Steve Bell, Peter Kennard, Ray Lowry, Angela Martin and Jacky Fleming. After all Thatcher was in power - Mandela was in prison, feminism hardly got a look in let alone environmental issues. (In the mid eighties we were publishing our cards on recycled stock with soya based ink!).
There was no capital behind Leeds Postcards we were a niche market that stood and fell by our sales. Surely capitalism can support oppositional art and anti-capitalism? Well only with a great deal of love luck sacrifice and idealism. Most cards don't make enough to pay for their production, cushioned by the softer blockbusters that sell in their thousands, loyal customers and subscribers.
Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement over the years which has been massive.
We can't just have the internet! Postcards are Forever
Call for New Artists
Send any ideas, art, or inspiration for new cards and we will always take a look.
Royalties paid to artists - 10% of the print run for you to sell /or 10% of the trade sales.
if you are involved in a campaign and would like a postcard to raise funds and awareness please get in touch. Or let Leeds Postcards design and produce and publish a card for you: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaigns that have sponsored or been published by Leeds Postcards.
In alphabetical order - direct links to their websites - just click. If your campaign or organisation would like to set up a reciprocal link please contact