Bamforth & Co were a publishing, film and illustration company based in
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England.
The Bamforth company are best known in the United Kingdom for producing saucy seaside postcards, what is less well known is their rich history of filmmaking. Drawing heavily on their work with
magic lanterncinema, the company began making monochrome films in 1898. The popularity of these films, in particular those featuring a character named Winky, led to a film industry in West Yorkshirewhich for a time surpassed that of Hollywood in terms of productivity and originality. It is also believed the company invented editingwith the release in 1899 of "the kiss in the tunnel".
* [http://www.area5.co.uk/holmfirth/historyman/Bamforths Bamforth & Co Ltd Illustrators and Publishers]
* [http://www.bamforth.0catch.com/ Remembering Bamforth & Co. Ltd]
* [http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/visitorportal/whattodo/bamforths.asp The Bamforths of Holmfirth ]
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