Tuck's Oilette Manx Views

Rapael Tuck's "Oilette" range was extensive - they are reproductions of usually specially commisioned paintings - these I think date from c.1905 (or before), two were posted in 1906 and 1907, a third was posted in 1929 but appears to have been saved for some time judging from the message on the back.

Some of these cards carried a small descriptive paragraph on the reverse (given in "...") though I also have a number of possibly later cards in similar style but without the descriptive paragraph. None of these cards appears to have been signed by the artist.

Storm off Loch Promenade Douglas - Postcard 1456 Isle of Man Series II
Storm off Loch Promenade Douglas
Ramsey from Ballure
Ramsey from Ballure - Postcard 1770

Queen's Promenade Douglas Postcard 1780 "Isle of Man" series III

The northernmost section of the promenade around Douglas Bay
- in the background to the left is the Derby Castle Dance Hall.
Centre is one of the horse drawn trams that still operate during the summer season.

Tuck's Oilette -  Douglas - Queen's Promenade
Douglas - Queen's Promenade
Douglas Bay

Douglas Bay Isle of Man - Postcard 6216

Centre is the Tower of Refuge.

Manx Glens - Postcard 7471

A Manx Cottage, Glen Helen A Manx Cottage,

"Glen Helen. is the property now of a Company who have made a gay and charming pleasure-place of it. Here are swings, bowling green, bandstand and dancing hall; and for those of less rostering mood there are miles of rustic aud beautiful walks, cottages deep in trees, and the fine fall of the Rhenass where two streams (Rhenass and Blabur) meet."

A Manx Cottage, Glen Helen
Peel Castle from the Sands

Isle of Man - Peel - Postcard 7472

"Peel Castle from the Sands. Peel Castle stands on a small island connected with the mainland by a quay extension. It has often been used as a state prison, Richard II imprisioned the Earl of Warwick here and later the Duchess of Gloucestor was here in durance vile for practising witchcraft on Henry VI. (vide Shakespeare) sneering at Margaret of Anjou's troubadour father."

Castletown Postcard 7473

"The Square, Castletown. The tall Doric column shewn here, in the square just outside the castle, is the
Smelt Monument raised to the memory of Colonel Cornelius Smelt, who was Lieutenaut-Governor of Man for 28 years. He died in 1832. The pillared Bank, just seen, is the Old Parliament House, used for nearly two centuries as the House of Keys." [Incorrect - the old House of Keys is off the picture well to the left - the pillared building just visible among the trees on the right is the George Inn]

The overprinted badge top rh corner is that of the American YMCA - they were connected with the internment camps from the early days of WW1.

The Square, Castletown

Castletown Postcard 7473

"Castletown(fromHarbour). Castletown,originally called Rushen, and until recntly the capital of the island stands at the mouth of the Silver Burn, a handsome town, with a fine hilly background The white limestone towers of Castle Rushen are conspicuous front the harbour, which is tidal and can only be used by small coasting vessel,. It is cossed by two bridges" [Castletown was never known as Rushen]

The depicted harbour is the inner harbour, generally known as the duckpond and at this period or earlier used to lay up boats over winter though made accessible to larger vessels when the early 19th stone bridge was replaced by a late 19C swinging iron bridge. The admitted narrow and inconvenient harbour, with its two quays lies beyond the bridge.

The building on the left is the Castown Brewery

Rushen Abbey - Castletown Postcard 7473

"Near the straggling village of Ballasalla on the banks of the Silver Burn, stands that Cistercian Abbey, believed to have been founded in 1098, though not completed until 1257. Many Kings and Bishops of Man are buried here, but its sacred uses have now ceased, and some of the buildings are used as stables, while nurseries and a preserve factory occupy the grounds."

Rushen Abbey
King William's College Castletown

Isle of Man - Castletown - Postcard 7473

"King William's College Castletown This is the most important place of education in the island, and among its scholars were the late Dean Farrar, and the lamented poet, Rev T. E. Brown. The college is a cruciform building with a great square tower 115 feet high. It was opened in 1833. It has twenty scholarships, six exhibitions, and will accommodate about 1000 boarders."

Isle of Man - Castletown - Postcard 7473

"Monk's Bridge, Ballasalla. The Crossag or Monk's Bridge of Ballasalla is a favourte resting where those who have walked along the Silver Burn from Rushen Abbey my stop to admire the beauty of the banks or of the river. The Crossag is a picturesque three-arch limestone structure, only four feet wide, and intended for pack-horses only. The Silver Burn is a famous trout stream."

Monk's Bridge, Ballasalla

Port Erin

Port Erin I.O.M. Postcard 7397

"Port Erin is a charming watering place, on the South West of the Isle of Man. It possesses splendid boating, fishing, golf and bathing facilities, and of recent years has grown very rapidly in in public favour. Within easy reach is Port St. Mary , Peel and many charming inland spots."


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