Hot air and brass bands

A number of postcards were produced in the early 1900s which would have been insulting to the recipient – likening their verbal utterances to an extreme amount of hot air – i.e. a “brass band”. One assumes, like the later “smutty” seaside postcards, that these were meant to be taken humorously and not to take offence! Various designs were produced and a slight variant is also seen, replacing “hot air” with “B.S.” (supply your own words) – but that does not work as well.

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One can only assume, based on the assertions of the above cards, that the band below is being kept aloft by the exertions of its brass players!

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