A few weeks ago, while browsing in an antiques shop, we came across a victorian postcard stand. we had to haggle over the price, but managed to secure a deal and brought the stand home with us.
After a little bit of research we found the stand had been made for a postcard business dating back to the late 18th Century. Raphael Tuck became famous amongst other things for the manufacture and distribution of postcards; apparently the first was made in 1894 and depicted a view of Snowdon in North Wales.
Rather than try an explain the history of Raphael Tuck, we will simply direct you to the website about the Tuck Postcard Empire. Sadly there were no postcards left in the stand, so we've been having enormous fun printing out our photographs to fill the display.
If you want to learn some more about Tuck, you can follow this link to find out a little more.
We also managed to find one of Tuck's postcards of our favourite landmark in Llanrwst. Gwydir Castle, home to the famous Wynn dynasty.