POSTCARDS OF THE QUEEN'S DOLLS HOUSE.

By

Bill Tonkin

Mike Perkins and myself are trying to find answers to the many queries we have on these postcards, and we hope that any members of the Group who own albums or the boxed sets of these cards, will check up on the contents, and hopefully help us to complete the picture.

Post Cards of the Queen's Dolls House were sold as singles or in six packets of eight cards. They were also sold by Fleetway and Tuck's in albums containing 48 cards. Tuck's albums initially had British Empire Exhibition 1924 printed on it. After the exhibition closed Tuck's continued to produce albums, but without reference to the exhibition on them. Fleetway also produced boxed sets of 48 cards in a blue box with British Empire Exhibition 1924 on the lid.

So far it is all straight forward, unfortunately Tuck's for some reason were not content to produce 48 cards, they went one better literally and produced 49 cards. The extra card was in series III titled 'The Queens Bed'. It would appear that when they realised that series III had nine titles, they decided to move a series III card 'Regalia in Strong Room' into series II, and this title can be found listed on the front of both series II and series III packets, packets can be found with two different make-ups listed on the front. The card itself has series II or series III on the back. This of course meant that series II now contained nine cards. So we now have a situation where series II & III both have nine cards.

It follows that the albums and boxed sets of 48 cards therefore do not contain the complete set, and further that these can be found with different make-ups. This was proved when Bob Tough and Alan Sabey both produced complete Queen's Dolls House albums (containing 48 cards) at the 1992 convention, with different contents.

To further complicate matters there were two printings, the line reading 'Published at the British Empire Exhibition by the Fleetway Press Ltd.' is printed in sloping letters, and has two 'the's (Type 1). In another printing the second 'the' is left out so that the line now reads 'Published at the British Empire Exhibition by Fleetway Press Ltd.' and this is printed in upright letters with one 'the' (Type 2). There are also other differences. Apart from the printings listed above there were other later Queen's Dolls House sets issued by Tuck's but these have no connection with the British Empire Exhibition, and so do not concern us.

Type 1. Sloping letters, two 'the's, '(For Address Only.)' in brackets.

Postcard No. 4501 Series II.

Corner of the Library. Vert left.

Drawing Room.

Drawing Room cabinet. Vert left.

Grand Piano in Drawing Room.

Regalia in Strong Room.

Some of the Drawing Room furniture.

Some of the Library furniture.

The King's Library table.

The Library.

 

Postcard No. 4502 Series III.

Princess Royal's Bedroom. Vert left.

Queen's Bedroom.

Regalia in Strong Room.

Some of the furniture in the Queen's Bedroom.

The King's Bathroom. Vert left.

The King's Bedroom.

The Queen's Bathroom. Vert left.

The Queen's bed. Vert left.

Wardrobe and chest of drawers in the Queen's Apartments.

 

In type 2 Tuck's managed to get their act together, and removed a title from series II & III thereby reducing both to series of eight cards.

Type 2. Upright letters, one 'the', 'For Address Only' without brackets.

Postcard No. 4501 Series II.

Corner of the Library. Vert left.

Drawing Room.

Drawing Room cabinet. Vert left.

Grand Piano in Drawing Room.

Some of the Drawing Room furniture.

Some of the Library furniture.

The King's Library table.

The Library.

 

Postcard No. 4502 Series III.

Princess Royal's Bedroom. Vert left.

Queen's Bedroom.

Regalia in Strong Room.

Some of the furniture in the Queen's Bedroom.

The King's Bathroom. Vert left.

The King's Bedroom.

The Queen's Bathroom. Vert left.

Wardrobe and chest of drawers in the Queen's Apartments.

 

The questions we want answered are

1. Do you have an album or boxed set of cards

2. What colour is it

3. Is it 1924 or 1925

4. Does it have 'British Empire Exhibition' on it

5. Do the cards have

'Published at the British Empire Exhibition by the Fleetway Press Ltd.' printed in sloping letters, with two 'the's (Type 1).

or

'Published at the British Empire Exhibition by Fleetway Press Ltd.' printed in upright letters, with one 'the' (Type 2).

6. Can you write down the titles of series II and Series III (you should not need to take the cards out of the album to do this as the series number is right in the corner). These are the only two series where any differences occur.

7. There are only 16 titles to write down

8. Go on, turn the box off, and do it now

9. Thanks

© Exhibition Study Group 1993

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