Post Cards of the White City

Part 16.

by

Bill Tonkin

Tuck. Raphael & Sons.

Tuck’s besides publishing some of the most beautiful post cards ever sold at exhibitions, also managed to get plenty of variety into the backs, especially in the setting of the imprint down the left side. While many of these differences are minor two are listed, imprint type A. which has a number after ‘Post Card’ and type B. which is without a number after ‘Post Card’ and has ‘Photo Topical’ over the Tuck trade mark.

The numbering system used by Tucks still baffles collectors, numbers were not used in a chronological order as might be supposed, but were it seems used haphazardly, almost as if they were picked out of a hat. Running numbers were sometimes applied to single cards in a series i.e. A227 to A232, and sometimes a single number was used for the whole series. In listing the Tuck cards I have done so in numerical order. The numbers are on the back. The "Oxford Pageant" Franco-British post cards are listed together at the end.

Sepia R/Photo with white border, brown back ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 67mm.

A 227 Birds-Eye View, Franco-British Exhibition London, 1908.

A. Imprint type A. with number.

B. Imprint type B. without a number and Photo Topical.

A 228 The Court of Honour Illuminated, Franco-British Exhibition London, 1908.

A. Imprint type A. with number.

B. Imprint type B. without a number and Photo Topical.

A 229 Franco-British Exhibition The Court of Honour.

A. Imprint type A. with number.

A 231 Franco-British Exhibition Palace of Music.

A. Imprint type A. with number.

A 232 Franco-British Exhibition The Stadium.

A. Imprint type A. with number.

A 233 Franco-British Exhibition Fine Art Palace.

A. Imprint type A. with number.

Coloured, brown back ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 67mm. There are two types of back one is with from five to eight lines of descriptive text on the back listed as ‘with text’. the other back is without text and is listed as ‘without text’.

Series 3524.

3524. Bird’s-Eye View, Franco-British Exhibition, London 1908.

A. With eight lines of text on the back.

B. Without text.

3524. British Machinery Hall, Franco-British Exhibition, London 1908.

A. With eight lines of text on the back.

B. Without text.

3524. Court of Honour Illuminated, Franco-British Exhibition, London 1908.

A. With eight lines of text on the back.

B. Without text.

3524. Fine Art Palace, Franco-British Exhibition, London 1908.

A. With five lines of text on the back.

3524. Palace of French Applied Arts, Franco-British Exhibition, London 1908.

A. With five lines of text on the back. Vert left.

B. Without text. Vert left.

This series of coloured and R/Photo post cards all have the same title and were taken in a studio with a Japanese style backcloth. The negatives were farmed out to various firms including Millar & Lang, A. & G. Taylor, and Wildt & Kray. Some sets do not have any reference to the Japan-British Exhibition, but were all probably published for that occasion. Tuck’s for instance has printed on the back of the coloured ‘Glosso’ series ‘Souvenir - Japan-British Exhibition’ but on the identical real photograph series does not mention the exhibition. The ‘Glosso’ cards have a thin film on the surface to make them look like real photographs.

Series 5361. England & Japan.

Sepia R/Photo with white border, brown back ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 67mm. without ‘Souvenir - Japan-British Exhibition.’

5361. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

5361. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

5361. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

5361. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

5361. England and Japan. (Man in lounge suit and Japanese lady)

5361. England and Japan. (Man in lounge suit and Japanese lady)

Coloured ‘Glosso’, brown back ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 67mm. with ‘Souvenir - Japan-British Exhibition on the left.’

Series 8129. England & Japan.

8129. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

8129. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

8129. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

8129. England and Japan. (Man in sailors uniform and Japanese lady)

8129. England and Japan. (Man in lounge suit and Japanese lady)

8129. England and Japan. (Man in lounge suit and Japanese lady)

Tuck’s published 12 series of six post cards of paintings by Ella Du Cane (4 Series) and Mortimer Menpes (8 Series) which had appeared in the A. & C. Black books ‘The Flowers and Gardens of Japan’ by Florence Du Cane, illustrated by Ella Du Cane and ‘Japan’ by Mortimer Menpes. These reproductions on post cards of two of the leading artists of the day are of outstanding beauty, and has set a standard for Japan-British Exhibition cards, that in the writers opinion has not been excelled.

Coloured Oilette from paintings by Mortimer Menpes, with brown back ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 66mm. with ‘Souvenir - Japan-British Exhibition 1910’ and ‘"Fair Japan" Illustrated by Mortimer Menpes Series.....’ in two lines on the left above the imprint. Under the imprint credit is given to the source of the paintings ‘From "Japan" (A. & C. Black).’

7908. Series I. "Fair Japan" Daughters of the Land.

7908. Butterflies.

7908. Daughters of the Sun.

7908. Miss Pomegranate. Vert left.

7908. Street Scene in Kioto.

7908. The Stall by the Bridge.

7908. Youth and Age. Vert left.

7909. Series II. "Fair Japan" Arts and Crafts.

7909. A Metal Worker. Vert left.

7909. An Umbrella Store.

7909. Bronze Workers.

7909. Finishing Touches.

7909. Stencil Makers.

7909. The Carpenter. Vert left.

7910. Series III. "Fair Japan" Arts and Crafts.

7910. A Cloisonné Worker.

7910. A Toy Shop.

7910. Bronze Cleaners.

7910. Carpenters at Work.

7910. Making up Accounts.

7910. Sweetmeat Stall. Vert left.

7911. Series IV. "Fair Japan" Outdoor Life.

7911. A Sunny Temple. Vert left.

7911. Chums.

7911. Leading to the Temple.

7911. Sun and Lanterns.

7911. Swinging along in the Sun.

7911. The Street with the Gallery. Vert left.

7912. Series V. "Fair Japan" Fete Days.

7912. A By-Canal. Vert left.

7912. A Fête Day.

7912. In Theatre Street. Vert left.

7912. Outside a Theatre.

7912. The Flower of the Tea. Vert left.

7912. The Giant Lantern. Vert left.

7913. Series VI. "Fair Japan" Young Japan.

7913. A Sign Painter. Vert left.

7913. Heavy-Laden.

7913. Reading the News. Vert left.

7913. The Road to the Temple. Vert left.

7913. Watching the Play. Vert left.

7913. Young Japan. Vert left.

7914. Series VII. "Fair Japan" Young Japan.

7914. A Ride in a Riksha. Vert left.

7914. By the Light of the Lanterns.

7914. Reflections. Vert left.

7914. Sugar Water Stall. Vert left.

7914. The Japanese Child. Vert left.

7914. Young Japan.

7915. Series VIII. "Fair Japan" Young Japan.

7915. A Heavy Burden. Vert left.

7915. A Jap in Plum-Colour. Vert left.

7915. A Little Jap. Vert left.

7915. Advance Japan. Vert left.

7915. Scarlet Sweetmeats. Vert left.

7915. Wistaria.

Coloured Oilette from paintings by Ella Du Cane, with brown back ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 66mm. with ‘Souvenir - Japan-British Exhibition 1910’ and ‘"Flowers and Gardens of Japan" Series.....’ in two lines on the left above the imprint. Under the imprint credit is given to the source of the paintings although the title of the book has been abbreviated, ‘From "Japan" illustrated by Ella Du Cane (A. & C. Black)’.

Tuck’s also published the four series with the same numbers, 7916 Series I to 7919 Series IV, but without ‘Souvenir - Japan-British Exhibition 1910’ on the back.

7916. Series I. Flowers and Gardens of Japan.

7916. At Kitano, Tenjin.

7916. Plum Blossoms. Vert left.

7916. Satake Garden, Tokyo.

7916. The Pine Tree.

7916. Wistaria.

7916. Wistaria and Pagoda. Vert left.

7917. Series II. Flowers and Gardens of Japan.

7917. An Iris Garden. Vert left.

7917. Lotus Flowers. Vert left.

7917. The Feast of the Cherry Blossom. Vert left.

7917. The Old Wistaria.

7917. The Pagoda, Kyomidzu. Vert left.

7917. The Pink Cherry. Vert left.

7918. Series III. Flowers and Gardens of Japan.

7918. A Landscape Garden. Vert left.

7918. An Old Garden. Vert left.

7918. Azaleas, Awata.

7918. Azaleas, Nagoaka.

7918. Wistaria in a Kyoto Garden. Vert left.

7918. Wistaria, Kameido.

7919. Series IV. Flowers and Gardens of Japan.

7919. A Shrine at Kyomidzu. Vert left.

7919. Azaleas, Kyoto. Vert left.

7919. Peach Blossom. Vert left.

7919. The Drooping Cherry. Vert left.

7919. The Time of the Plum Blossom. Vert left.

7919. Wistaria. Vert left.

Note, post cards from this series are known overprinted on the back ‘With Every Good Wish for the New Year from ........................’ in black.

9269. Series "Franco-British Exhibition."

This series of post cards for the Franco-British Exhibition shows six views. Three views were published within a border of battleships flying the British and French flags, the other three views were in a seascape and flag border with the British and French flags. Both borders incorporate clasped hands at the top of the design. The flag cards are known with and without a black overprint at the top above the clasped hands reading ‘L’Entente Permanante’. In the battleship border the overprint is at the bottom. In addition to this the overprinted cards are known with and without, five to nine lines of descriptive text on the back. No un-overprinted cards have been seen with text.

Coloured "Oilette" with brown backs, ‘TUCK’S POST’ CARD’ measures 66mm. with ‘Franco-British Exhibition.

Battle ship border.

9262. Court of Honour Illuminated.

A. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and with text.

* B. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

C. Without ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

9262. Fine Art Palace.

A. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and with text.

B. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

C. Without ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

9262. Palace of Music.

A. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and with text.

B. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

C. Without ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

* The existence of this post card is not confirmed.

Seascape and flags border.

9262. Bird’s Eye View.

A. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and with text.

B. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

C. Without ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

9262. Court of Honour.

A. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and with text.

B. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

C. Without ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

9262. Machinery Hall.

A. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and with text.

B. With ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

C. Without ‘L’Entente Permanante’ and without text.

"Oxford Pageant".

Tuck’s were able to use up some old stock of 1907 Oxford Pageant post cards by overprinting on the back in black, ‘Specimen "Oilette" Postcard, Franco-British Exhibition, "Palace of Liberal Arts" Stands Nos. 5 & 7’. Four series are known to be so overprinted.

Coloured "Oilette" Connoisseur series, brown back with black overprint.

"Oxford Pageant" Series I. 2783.

2783. Friar Bacon displays the Brazen Head 1276.

2783. King Henry II and Fair Rosamund 1160.

2783. The Beginnings of the University. 1110.

2783. The Coronation of Harold Harefoot 1036.

2783. The Legend of St. Frideswide 727.

"Oxford Pageant" Series II. 2784.

2784. Henry 8th and his Queen Catherine of Aragon received by Cardinal Wolsey at Oxford.

2784. Queen Elizabeth received by the Earl of Leicester at Oxford. 1566.

2784. St. Scholastica’s Day 1354

2784. St. Scholastica’s Day 1354 The Chancellor pronouncing the King’s sentence on the Citizens of Oxford.

"Oxford Pageant" Series III. 2785.

2785. Charles I at Oxford The Happy Days 1636.

2785. George III Visiting Oxford St. Giles Fair 1785.

2785. The Expulsion of the Fellows of Magdalen by King James II 1687.

2785. The surrender of Oxford 1646.

2785. Visit of James I to Oxford. 1605.

Coloured "Oilette" series, brown back with black overprint. This is the same set as listed above as Series III 2785 with a new Series number and is now "Oilette" and not "Oilette" Connoisseur.

"Oxford Pageant" Series II. 9517.

9517. Cardinal Wolsey receives Henry VIII at Oxford. 1518

9517. Henry 8th and his Queen Catherine of Aragon received by Cardinal Wolsey at Oxford.

9517. Queen Elizabeth received by the Earl of Leicester at Oxford. 1566.

9517. St. Scholastica’s Day 1354

9517. St. Scholastica’s Day 1354 The Chancellor pronouncing the King’s sentence on the Citizens of Oxford.

9517. The Funeral of Amy Robsart 1560.

Small Publishers Section U.

United Flexible Metallic Tubing Co., Ltd. The

The United Flexible Metallic Tubing Co., published several advert cards for the Franco-British Exhibition, in colour and B/W.

Type 1. Coloured with white border black back with view of their factory at top left with address and ‘See Exhibit, Stand 679, Franco-British Exhibition.’ The stamp box has the single word ‘Stamp.’ in it.

N.n. A Modern Madame Sans-gêne. Vert left. (House maid using a gas iron)

Type 2. B/W with white border, back as type 1.

N.n. Come and see us at stand No. 679. Palace of Machinery. All tubes lead to the Exhibition. Vert left. (Visitors and trains entering flexible tubing)

Type 3. Coloured, brown back with fleur-de-lis badge between ‘POST’ and ‘CARD’ and ‘Affix Half-Penny Stamp Inland. Penny Stamp Foreign.’ in the stamp box.

N.n. Works Ponders End, Middlesex. Exhibition 1908. Palace of Machinery Stand No. 679.

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