Welcome to the first posting of the Raphael Tuck & Sons series of postcards from Aunt Bunny’s collection. Her collection is quite varied and a lot of fun. The collection includes both cards that were mailed to Aunt Bunny from her friends and family as well some cards that she collected during her many travels around the globe. Here is a link to the publisher, Raphael Tuck on Wikipedia:
According to Wikipedia, Raphael Tuck & Sons was a business started by Raphael Tuck and his wife in Bishopsgate in the City of London on October 1866, selling pictures and greeting cards, and eventually selling postcards, the latter being the most successful. Their business was one of the most well known in the ‘postcard boom’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Evening. Loch Arklet
Raphael Tuck & Sons ‘Scottish Loch Series’ #1494
Loch Arklet, is located in Scotland, about 1 1/2 hours from Glasgow, and is known for its fly fishing and beauty. It is credited with inspiring the poets William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott. The postcard was one of Aunt Bunny’s from her travels, and shows cows at sunset enjoying the loch.
Tomb of Etamad-ud-Dowla, Agra
The 17th century tomb of Itamad-ud-Dowla, Agra is located in India and is the first tomb made entirely out of marble and is considered to be an example of transitional architectural style from Indian to Persian. It is said to have inspired the construction style of the Taj Mahal in later years .
This card was mailed to Aunt Bunny, postmarked, 14 Feb ’28 and is signed, “Bessie.” A friend, or relative, I am not sure. Bessie’s note says: