Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Raphael Tuck Published SANTA CLAUS Postcards
Tuck published numerous top-quality Christmas series, clearly identified on the back left edge. This post introduces some Santa Claus images from my favorite Tuck series.
The flat Santa Claus postcard shown above is a divided-back image, an Oilette No. C2099, signed by Bowley at the bottom left. Bowley's artwork includes especially fine faces and lively designs.
Here is another flat Oilette design in series C219 with a divided back that you can identify from the Happy Christmas border on the bottom edge.
An elegant classic Santa is shown on this flat postcard, Tuck series 1803 with an early undivided back. It is postmarked 1903 and is signed on the front in the white space provided because only the address was allowed on the back.
One of my all-time favorite Tuck series has a vivid border I call "stained glass". Here is one of the designs from this beautiful embossed series 512.
Above is a bright flat Oilette design from series 8247. It is postmarked 1906 with a divided back and is artist-signed at the lower right edge by H. Sandford. Currently at comparatively low prices, I think Sandford artwork is undervalued. If you like it, now is a good time to add Sandford designs to your collection.
Santa Claus has had a collision with a fleeing deer on a witty flat Tuck Oilette postcard from series 8320. Tiny elves in red are helping him get re-organized. This postcard has a divided back and is postmarked 1906.
Above is an embossed design of Santa filling the stockings of sleeping children. He wears a fine purple outfit and sports an impressive beard. This is from series 136, with silver backgrounds. It is postmarked 1908 with a divided back.
Another divided-back embossed series, No. 505, shows Santa with a pipe, walking through snowy woods with little children watching from the background. On this postcard, the golden lettering offers a Christmas greeting in German.
Postcards from the same series display especially well together with coordinating artwork. You can use a multiple-opening frame with our custom-cut mats (available in our eBay store Postcardiva) added to create the perfect fit for antique or vintage postcards.
Happy Holidays from Florida!