The Attorney General has been outlining the impact of a new Defence of the Realm (DORA) regulation this week that relates to the printing, sale and distribution of picture postcards.
It is now illegal for a postcard to include a photograph of docks, harbours and shipyards, defences, and ammunitions. The concern is that such images may aid an enemy planning to attack any important installation or fortification. The ban extends to prominent buildings, monuments and landmarks that may help guide the enemy to a target, particularly from the air. It also follows a Home Office circular received in August this year that warned against the sale of postcards bearing images of British warships.
The public has also been advised against sending any postcards overseas that may include images prohibited under this new DORA regulation. The Censor has instructions to intercept any that are found and stop onward transmission without notice to the sender.
Recognising the potential distress caused by this drastic action, the Lieutenant Governor has arranged for the Aliens Officer to visit local postcard vendors and remind them of the new rules.