GOLD COAST CARDS AT WEMBLEY

It so happens that within the last month or so I have had two collectors asking for details of Gold Coast cards available at the Wembley Exhibition. One of them John Mills has now joined the Study Group. This is the list that I have sent them, and as I know we have other Wembley collectors I thought they might like to see it. Mike Perkins and myself have compiled it.

Tuck Oilette cards. Brown back. Series 1 to 6 are sets of six cards from paintings by E. Cheesman, series 7 is a set of 9 cards and are not credited to anyone. There are variations of the setting of 'series' in relation to 't' of 'Government', and this has been chosen to describe the different types, as it is easy to identify. There can even be slight differences between the six cards of a type, and t over eri means the t could be over e, r, or i, or between any two of the letters . The variation will remain constant for that card in a given series. Sufficient information is given to easily identify the different types, but there are many minor differences not listed. 'For address only' is usually in small letters without brackets and measures 14mm, but where it is in large letters with brackets measuring 19mm this has been listed. Where a series has not been seen complete in any type, they are listed individually.

Series 1

Type A. Without series number on the back, 'Tuck's Post Card' measures

66mm.

Type B. With series number, 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, 'for address

only' (in large letters) with brackets, there is a 5mm gap between

t and series, which is in a heavier type.

Type C. With series number, 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, t over S of

series, which is in lighter type.

A manganese mine in the Gold Coast.

A market scene, Accra, Gold Coast.

A native court in the Gold Coast.

Christiansborg Castle, Gold Coast, The Residence of the

Govenor.

Loading cocoa into surf boats, Accra, Gold Coast.

The Old Boat Harbour, Seccondee, Gold Coast,

Series 2

Type A. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, t over ser of series.

Type B. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 66mm, t over er of series.

Type C. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 68mm, t over ser of series.

A ward in the Hospital for Africans, Accra, Gold Coast,

type A & C.

Ashanti weavers. type A & B.

Exterior of the gold mine, Abontiakoon, Gold Coast. type A & B.

Manganese mine, Insuta, Gold Coast. type A.

The Fort, Coomassie, Gold Coast. type A & B.

The Railway Workshops, Seccondee, Gold Coast. type A & B.

Series 3

Type A. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, t over eri of series.

Type B. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 66mm, t over eri of series.

A Fulani village, Gold Coast.

Entrance to Christiansborg Castle, Accra, Gold Coast.

Fort Nassau Mori, Gold Coast.

Government officers bungalow, Gold Coast.

Old type house for europeans, Accra, Gold Coast.

The Carpenters Shop, Kibby Trade Sshool, Gold Coast.

Note, 'Entrance to Christiansborg Castle', type A is printed with an inverted back, and type B is printed with an upright back.

Series 4

Type A. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, t over eri of series.

Type B. 'Tuck's Post card' measures 66mm, t over eri of series.

A steam shovel at Takoradi, Gold Coast.

Ashanti drummer with talking drums, Gold Coast.

Christiansborg Castle by moonlight, Gold Coast.

Dix Cove near Seccondee, Gold Coast.

Fulani herdsman at Mampon, Gold Coast.

Government House, Accra, Gold Coast.

Note, 'Ashanti drummer with talking drums' type A & B are both printed with inverted backs.

Series 5

Type A. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, 'for address only' (in larger

letters) with brackets, t over se of series.

Type B. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, 'for address only' (in larger

letters) with brackets, there is a 4mm gap between t and series.

A corner of the courtyard, Elmina Castle, Gold Coast.

Anambo Fort, Gold Coast.

Ashanti potters, Gold Coast.

Boys on parade, Kibby Trade School, Gold Coast.

Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast.

Kormantin Fort with fishing village, Abadsi, Gold Coast.

Note, 'A corner of the courtyard Elmina Castle', type A is printed with an inverted back, and type B is printed with an upright back.

Series 6

Type A. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, 'for address only' (in larger

letters) with brackets, t over seri of series.

Type B. 'Tuck's Post Card' measures 64mm, 'for address only' (in larger

letters) with brackets, there is a 4mm gap between t and series.

A Palaver of chiefs, Accra, Gold Coast. type A & B.

Accra from Government House, Gold Coast. type A & B.

An Ashanti Priest, Gold Coast. type A & B.

Elmina Castle, Gold Coast. type B.

Koforidua Station, Gold Coast. type A & B.

Old Accra, Gold Coast. type A & B.

Note, 'An Ashanti Priest', type A is printed with an inverted back, and type B is printed with an upright back.

Series 7

All titles are prefaced with Interior, Gold Coast Building, Wembley.

Ashanti Court.

Native products.

The beach at Accra.

The Cocoa Court.

The Commercial Courts.

The Government Courts.

The Minerial Court.

The Northern Territories Court.

The Timber Court.

There are four other Gold Coast Series.

(1) Coloured, no indication of printer on the back just the word Post Card in black.

The Courtyard, Fort St. George, Elmina, Gold Coast Colony.

Fort St. George, Elmina.

Inner Court, Fort St. George, Elmina, Gold Coast Colony.

Courtyard, Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast Colony.

Fort St. Jago from the Ramparts Fort St. George, Elmina, Gold

Coast Colony.

Note there may be others to this set.

(2) Black/White, Tucks Gold Coast Government Series, showing pictures of coloured athletes from the Government Technical School, Accra, no titles, black back.

Putting the shot.

Pose with arm and leg outstretched.

Note although only two are known there may be others to this set.

(3) Coloured, Tuck, no title, brown back, The Gold Coast, Ashanti and The Northern Territories.

Reproduction of the Thos Shepard Gold Coast poster.

(4) Sepia, Tuck, brown back, Photo-Graphic Photo Union.

Princess Baa of Ashanti and her Husband.

Prempeh son of the late King of Ashanti.

Gold Coast Africans in the Native Village at Wembley.

Note as above.

Index

© Exhibition Study Group 1992