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Christ church  alexandria  va 1 1
Christ church  alexandria  va 1 1

Antique, Tuck & Sons, Undivided back, Color Postcard, Christ


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We are pleased to offer for your consideration this magnificent lithochrome, postcard view of Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, VA, published by Tuck Sons of Great Britain and printed in Germany. Christ Church was built in 1767 and boasts of a membership which included historic notables such as George Washington (which still contains his unaltered pew, purchased Feb 1773), Robert E. Lee and General Fitzhugh Lee, who were also members in their time. In addition, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill visited the church on January 1, 1942 to commemorate World Day of Prayer for Peace. Today, the church has over 2,400 members and is an integral architectural and spiritual part of Alexandria. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Among the burials in the church cemetery is the mass grave of thirty-four Confederate prisoners of war who died in local prison camps during the American Civil War. A memorial stone in the churchyard commemorates their deaths. Raphael Tuck Sons was in business from 1866 until the 1960âs. This Company was founded in 1866 by Raphael Tuck, who was a seller of furniture and picture frames. After only a few months in business he expanded to become an important dealer in popular lithographic prints and greeting cards. In 1871, after concentrating on the picture side of the business, Tuckâs three sons joined the firm and they began publishing their first Christmas cards, printed in their native Prussia. When Raphael retired in 1881, his son Adolph took over the family business. He opened offices in New York in 1882 and Paris in 1885 to facilitate orders and distribution. By 1894, a year after they were appointed official printers to Queen Victoria and they printed their first Souvenir Cards. The front of this card features a color view of the church from the side with the bell tower to the left. The grounds feature the church graveyard, trees and a luxurious lawn. There is a space for a very brief message on the right front with the caption, "Alexandria, Va. Christ Church at the top in blue and the Tuck Sons logo at the bottom right corner. The back is an undivided back postcard with the back devoted only for the addressee. The stamp box contains the Tuck logo, which also appears in tiny form in the lower left corner. The left margin contains the publisher's info and the bottom left corner bears a brief description of the view on the front. under that is the "printed in Germany" info and the Royal Seal appears at the top left, as Tuck Sons were official art publishers to the king and Queen as noted n the left margin. This card is in excellent condition with a almost invisible water stain at the top center which has the beginnings of mildew staining. There is also a small bump on the lower right corner. This card will be the perfect addition to your collection of Historic buildings of Alexandria, notable places in George Washington's life, Robert E. Lee's life, Notable Civil War sites, and Tuck Sons antique postcards.

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