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Leonard A. Lauder collection of Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards

Identifier: Modern-MS-LauderL

Identification Note

Postcards in this collection include the prefix "LL" before the item number. While tht total number of postcards is approximately 26,000, many postcards include variations (different writing on the back or coloring on the front, etc). Each postcard item number includes all variations of that postcard.

Scope and Contents

Approximately 26,000 unique postcards (35,000 total) produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons, primarily from the Oilette series. This collection is available online:


  • Creation: approximately 1903-1959



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Raphael and Sons Tuck Postcard collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Biography of Raphael Tuck and Sons

Raphael Tuck & Sons were major postcard publishers and introduced the Oilette Series of paintings on postcards in 1903. Tuck and Sons published from the mid 1800's into the early 20th century. They were Publishers to Her Majesties the King and Queen, with printing houses in London, Paris, and New York.

They began in London, England in 1866 selling pictures and frames. Raphael Tuck was joined by his three sons in 1871 and published their first Christmas greeting card.

In 1893 they recieved a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria

Adolph Tuck, one of the sons, produced his first picture postcard in 1894. It was of Mount Snowden in Wales and was sold to visitors to the site.

The first series of numbered postcards was printed in 1898. It was a set of 12 lithographed vignette views of London. They entered the postcard market in the United States in 1900, setting up an office in New York.

Most of the original records were destroyed during the blitz of London in WWII.


35.6 Linear Feet (35,510 postcards in 57 boxes)


This collection, a gift of Leonard A. Lauder, consists of more than 26,000 unique (35,000 total) Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards, mainly the Oilette series. The Tuck Company began operating in England in 1866, and started printing picture postcards in 1894. Oilette postcards, introduced in 1903, were the work of many different artists employed by the company and encompassed a great variety of subject matter, including country and farm scenes, landscapes, and churches. Tuck described Oilettes as “veritable miniature oil paintings.” Postcards are undated; however, the Tuck Company went out of business in 1959, so the dates for the collection are approximate.

Stack Location

3a 34 on top of file cabinets


Donated by the Lake County Forest Preserve District as part of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection at the Newberry Library.

Leonard A. Lauder collection of Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards, approximately 1903-1959
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States