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Anderson, Martin

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Born in Leuchars, Fife in 1854, Martin Anderson began his career by illustrating satirical books during the 1880’s. By 1898 he was working for Blum & Degan, designing court sized postcards.

By 1902 he had decided to form his own company and began placing some of his satirical cartoons on lithographic postcards signed under the pseudonym Cynicus. While these cards were primarily designed for local seaside tourists he also published Christmas cards and view-cards.

In 1911 the firm began to fail and he tried to restart it in Leeds, but was unsuccessful in the endeavour.  Moving to Edinburgh in 1914, Anderson managed to publish just a handful of postcards there before closing for good.  He died in poverty in 1932 and was buried in an unmarked grave.


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