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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!

Favorite SANTA CLAUS Postcards

After 30+ years of collecting antique holiday postcards, I have a Christmas group that includes many Santa Claus images.  This year, I'll share some of them in several Santa Claus posts.  This first post includes random designs I especially like...we open with an unusual lively off-center image with Santa on a white horse surrounded by eager dancing children. It's an unused flat early undivided back postcard...the previous owner has written "Belgium" on the back.  Great colors!

One of my favorite sub-groups of Santa Claus postcards shows him in 'modern' vehicles...Here he has traded his sleigh for an elegant golden auto, loaded with toys in the back.  A pair of mischievous Angels are throwing snowballs...Santa wears a fur-trimmed  blue suit with shining gold details.  Rich embossing adds to this Tuck-published postcard, series C304, with a divided back.

As automobiles grew in popularity, Santa appeared more often in his own auto.  Below he is on his way through a snowy forest in a silver vehicle that must have off-road capabilities to handle such rough terrain!  This postcard has many silver details, rich embossing and Santa wearing a dark purple-brown suit embellished with silver highlights.  It's postmarked 1911.

Of course, in antique postcards, Santa used a variety of ways to reach his destination...here are several different images of him traveling on Christmas eve...

Children run to greet Santa as he rides a miniature train...the little railroad cars are all loaded with toys and treats.

A popular Winsch-back design above shows Santa dropping toys down a chimney as he swoops by on his biplane...don't miss the decorated tree by his side.  A charming flat postcard with Santa in a classic red jacket and blue pants, his hat is decorated with holly.  This is a windy scene with snow blowing past Santa's airplane.  Wonderful artwork, postmarked 1924. 

Here's a scarce image of Santa in a boat, navigating a fast-running river with a load of toys.  Detailed embossing and bright silver light up this unusual divided-back design.

Below, Santa drops toys from a fantastical dirigible in a dark, starry sky with a full moon partially hidden behind a cloud...postmarked 1909, this postcard has rich embossing and a divided back.

A flat French Christmas postcard shows a cheerful Santa beneath a shooting star.  He wears a brown robe and carries a staff.  Baby Angels carry toys and sweets...they are especially delightful, with bright smiles and little white wings.  Fine artwork, published by Meissner & Buch, series 2662.  Postmarked 1930.  

High above a town, Santa uses a telescope from his icy perch on this design with detailed embossing and a divided back.  A light snow is falling in this unusual Christmas image.  

We close this post as it opened, with a scarce European Santa postcard.  Published by M.M. Vienne #281, this sunset design shows Santa with an Angel in the forest choosing a little evergreen tree.  Santa holds an axe, ready to add the tree to his vehicle before he takes off on his night journey.

Sending Happy Holiday wishes from Florida!