Father Tuck's "Happy Hour" Series no. 1754.New York & London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Co., [c.1885] Stock Code: 137492
An attractive piece of Christmas ephemera collecting short Christmas poems by Clifton Bingham, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, once the world's largest postcard publisher. Clifton Bingham (18591913) was an English author of poems and children's books and collaborated on a number of occasions with Louis Wain. Raphael Tuck is remembered as a chief exponent and promoter of the Christmas card, the first of which he issued in 1871. Raphael's Christmas designs were mainly secular, featuring scenes of the gaiety of the holiday season, with Father Christmas in the role of the Christmas Spirit. The New York office of Raphael Tuck opened in 1885.
Tall folio, pp.  (367 x 190 mm). Original die-cut printed card wrappers, chromolithographic illustration of Father Christmas and two children to front cover, staple bound as issued.
Text printed in brown, illustrated throughout, 4 pages chromolithographically printed.
Wrappers lightly soiled, slight rubbing to edges, contents clean; a notably well-preserved copy.
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