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 lantern cinema, 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 Yorkshire which for a time surpassed that of Hollywood in terms of productivity and originality. It is also believed the company invented editing with the release in 1899 of "the kiss in the tunnel".

External links

* [ Bamforth & Co Ltd Illustrators and Publishers]
* [ Remembering Bamforth & Co. Ltd]

* [ The Bamforths of Holmfirth ]

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