Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Raphael Tuck and Sons - Art Publishers to Their Majesties the King and Queen


To My Valentine

3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Series No 221
When Love is Young
divided back
made in England
RAPHAEL TUCK and SONS

Tuck is one of the most recognized names in postcard and greeting card publishing.  They produced a wide variety of cards including an enormous amount of valentines.  The company began in 1866, founded by Raphael Tuck and his wife, Ernestine.  Designing was done in their London offices, while the cards were largely printed in Germany. World War One interrupted this chain of production, but after the war Germany returned to its printing endeavors until war would once again break out. This time the damages the company directly suffered were much greater and the German printing industry did not recover as well as they did after WWI. Their recovery was further complicated by the American public's aversion to buying goods marked as German made in the aftermath of the war, putting a dent in the company's US sales.

To My Valentine
I wonder what me fiancee would say if she saw me now in this compromising position

3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Postmark is hard to discern, appears to be 1907
undivided back
made in England
RAPHAEL TUCK and SONS


The company was know as Raphael Tuck and Co until 1882 when it was renamed as Raphael Tuck and Sons.  They are renowned for the impressive quality of their  printing, including their reproductions of fine art, as well as the high caliber of the artists they employed. Despite this, they were very prolific, with many cards readily available due to the large quantities printed. Prices for collectors can vary enormously because of this, with values depending on the particulars of the card, including who the artist might be, design intricacy, etc and of utmost importance, the condition of that individual card. That is not to say there are no rare cards - of course there are. The numbering system on the postcards Tuck produced make it easier to identify which postcards truly are the rare ones. With Tuck's non-postcard cards, this is much more difficult to suss out.




Forget-Me-Not ~ To My Sweet Valentine. If you'll be my Valentine, I'll be faithful to you' I've been your lover lady mine, Ever since I knew you. - H. M. Burroughs

2 3/4" x 3 7/8" (3 7/8" x 5 5/8 opened)
between 1901 and 1910
dating via the named Monarch: King and Queen Alexandra
made in Saxony
Artistic Series
RAPHAEL TUCK and SONS

In 1883, the company received  a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Queen Victoria. Cards published after this during Queen Victoria's reign are marked with the phrase: Art Publishers to Her Majesty the Queen. They maintained this appointment with the UK's successive royalty until the company was subsumed into the British Printing Corporation after 1959. Looking at which Monarch is named on the back can help in dating.

That Tuck was able to pick themselves up and reorganize after the shelling they received in the December 29th, 1940 attack on London by the Germans as part of World War II (often referred to as The Blitz) is pretty remarkable. The losses they underwent with the destruction of their London offices were staggering. And although, pick themselves up as they did, they were unable to reach the same heights they had enjoyed prior to the war. After Desmond Tuck, grandson of Raphael, retired the company was combined with two others (none of the sources I have found name these two businesses) to form a new entity. They carry on in some way today, not under the Tuck name of course, but as a part of Maxwell Communications Corporation. The ties to the original Tuck company may lie in the history of this ongoing company, but so much of that history was sadly forever lost in the rubble of WWII.

My Valentine

3" x 5"
circa 1910s
made in SAXONY
RAPHAEL TUCK and SONS

Die-cut card with image from the Betsy Beauties series of postcards
There are 10 different cards in the postcard series

For valentine lovers, an artist of particular note who created many cards for Tuck is Frances Brundage.  Her large size cards with three-dimensional features are especially worth seeking out.

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 Artists known to have worked for Tuck:



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sources:
Ernest Dudley Chase - The Romance of the Greeting Card (revised 1956 edition)
Robert Brenner Valentine Treasury - A Century of Valentine Cards
Marian Klamkin Picture Postcards
TuckDB.org - History of Raphael Tuck and Sons
Barbara Johnson, Ph. D. Valentines - A Collector's Guide

Monday, June 18, 2007

Time for Love - Valentine Clocks and Watches!



Say Valentine ~ Isn't it TIME for us classmates to WIND UP together!

5 1/4" x 5"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Standing Fold-Out
marked: made in USA

TIME to tell you, Valentine, you STRIKE me just right!

3" x 4 1/4"
circa 1950s, 1960s
Flat

I've decided it's TIME to WATCH you.

5 3/8" x 3 1/8"
circa 1930s
Flat
made by Carrington
'B' in tree logo

HIGH TIME you were my Valentine Don't be ALARMED I just want to be the BIG NOISE with you.

3" x 4"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Personified Alarm Clock
Flat
marked: made in USA

A TIMELY hint ~ WATCH OUT I'm RIGHT ON HAND to be your Valentine

4 5/8" x 3 7/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
flat
pocket watch 


It's TIME you were my Valentine. WATCH you say?

circa 1940s
alarm clock and wrist watch

It's HIGH TIME to be my Valentine SAY YES

3" x 4 1/2"
circa 1930s/1940s
made in USA
with cupid

For You - Here's a Valentine with PUNCH!
I want you for my HONEY-BUNCH!

3 1/4" x 4 1/4" (3 1/4" x 7 1/4" open)
circa 1930s/1940s
made in USA
french-fold
with time punch clock

Watch out! It's Valentine time! And I sure go for you!

3" x 4"
circa 1950s-1960s
alarm clock



Let's be Valentines - Be My BIG MOMENT? I've TIME ON MY HANDS If you have too I'll gladly spend mine all on you.

3 1/4" x 4 3/4"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Mechanical Flat
made in USA 


 It's Alarming -- But you're what makes me TICK! Valentine

3 1/2" x 1 3/4"
circa 1950s, 1960s
made in USA
Flat 


 It's HIGH TIME you were my Valentine.

2" x 4 1/2"
circa 1950s
Flat
marked: X-901/4


 I'll wait around forever if you'll be my Valentine.

featuring a clock
circa 1920s, 1930s
Flat with fold out stand on the bottom

Lived-in Love: Household Items and Themes



Quit STRINGIN' me an' be my Valentine.

6" x 4 3/4"
circa 1930s 
 Flat with 3-D detailing (real string segment attached)
 no publisher's marks


So-Fa so good my Valentine ~ On Valentine's Day my wants are few Just three small letters just Y-O-U.

3 5/8" x 5 5/8"
circa 1920s
Fold-Out
embossed detailing


You're the CREAM in my COFFEE ~ Be My Valentine

4 1/4" x 3 3/8" (4 1/4" x 6 1/2" opened)
circa 1930s
single fold

You've SWEPT me off my Feet ~ Don't BRUSH me aside My Valentine.

4 3/8" x 3 1/4" (8 5/8" x 3 1/4" opened)
circa 1930s
Shaped Single Fold

Stick CLOTHES by and be my Valentine.

3 3/8" x 4 3/8" (3 3/8" x 8 3/4" open)
circa 1930s
copper wash pot


Could you arRANGE to be my Valentine?

circa 1940s
antique stove 



 Say Valentine Don't know the way things would PAN OUT with me out in the kitchen! But on the PARLOR SOFA, shucks, I sure can be BEWITCHING!

4 3/4" x 5 3/4"
circa 1950s
French Fold
made in USA
by Renner-Davis
Klever Kards line
marked: 1039


What a CUP-LE we would make
if you would spoon with me.

3 1/4" x 4 1/4" (3 1/4" x 8 1/2" opened)
circa 1930s/1940s
cup


Hope I'm SLIPPIN' in the right direction - Valentine. SLIDIN' your way in a hurry Please don't give me cause to worry!

3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
circa 1940s
made in USA
Flat

More Household Items: 


Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Mile High Club - Airplanes!



To My Sweetheart

3 5/8" x 4 1/2"
circa 1920s
Mechanical Flat
made in Germany

To my Valentine.

4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
dated 1934
Mechanical Flat
made in Germany

To One I Love.

3 1/2" x 4"
dated 1930
Flat
printed in Germany

To One I Love.

3 1/2" x 4"
circa 1930s
Flat
printed in Germany
 



To My Sweetheart!
3 5/8" x 4"
Flat
printed in Germany

Plane dropping roses over the Capitol building

To My Valentine Messenger of Love.

2 3/4" x 4 5/8"
circa 1930s
Mechanical Flat
made in Germany

Images from the spinner are seen in 2 windows 

Let's TAKE OFF Valentine.

notice the hammer and sickle on the nose of the plane
Circa 1960s

Flat
made in USA


Be my Valentine
I've got three stowaways aboard;
Two are as plain as day ~
And in my ever loving heart
YOU'RE ALWAYS stowed away.

9 3/4" x 8 3/8"
circa 1930s/1940s

Mechanical Flat
made in Canada
 


Plane as ABC 4 U.

Flat
made in USA

 
Say you'll be my Valentine and I'll be FLYING HIGH!

  circa 1940s
Flat

I'll DIVE at the chance to be your Valentine.

  circa 1940s
Fold-Out