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Antique, Tuck Undivided Postcard, East Battery Parade, Charl


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We are glad to be able to offer for your consideration this Antique, undivided postcard view of the East Battery Parade in Charleston, SC which was published by Raphael Tuck Sons of Great Britain. Raphael Tuck Sons was founded in 1866 by Raphael Tuck, 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, Tuckโ€™s 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, they printed their first Souvenir Card. The cards of their lithochrome series (sometimes called photochromes, but not to be confused with chromes), were not individually numbered but sold in packets of six in which all cards carried the same series number (1000-1099 and 2000-2800โ€™s). This was their largest series covering numerous countries and topics. Many of these sets were marketed to specific geographical locations. They were printed in Germany and Saxony. The East Battery sea wall and promenade (here referred to as the Parade) was developed to its present height and solidity after the hurricane of 1854, which breached it in several places. The granite seawall which was then raised was repaired and strengthened after the hurricanes of 1888 and 1893. The High Battery has been a popular promenade since the early part of the 19th century. Because of the marshy nature of the land, however, it was not possible to build continuously along East Battery until the period between 1820 and 1850, when most of the mansions along the thoroughfare were constructed. Very little has changed about the seawall itself since that time, although the grand buildings and Mansions have certainly been upgraded and kept in excellent repair. Many of the buildings are on the National Register for Historic Buildings as is the seawall itself. The front of this card features a view along the promenade with ladies and men in clothing of the period walking along the wide raised seawall. The street in front of the mansions has several horse drawn carriages and no evidence of motorized vehicles is in the view. The bottom inch or so is devoted to a short message and the top left of this area bears the caption, "Charleston, S.C. East Battery Parade." and the bottom left corner also bears a tiny rendition of the Tuck Sons Logo. The back is an undivided back postcard (which dates this card prior to 1907, making this an official antique postcard. The left margin contains the Tuck Sons info on two lines along with the statement that Tuck Sons was an official printer for the King and Queen and at the top left bears the official Royal Herald emblem. The stamp box contains the Tuck logo which also appears in miniature at the bottom left of the card above the words, "Printed in Saxony". This card was never posted in the mail and is in near mint condition with only slight damage to the lower right corner and slight discoloration from age and being mounted in an album. This card will be the perfect addition to your collection of Antique Tuck post cards, views of South Carolina, SC's beach resort views and undivided back postcards.

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