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Naval blacksmiths

Date: c 1910
Overall: 86 x 138 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00000839
Place Manufactured:England

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    Postcard titled 'Naval Blacksmiths'. Published by the London Publishing ouse Raphael Tuck and Sons and part of their "Heart of Oak" series. "Heart of Oak" is also the name of the official march of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom.
    SignificanceThis postcard shows life aboard a ship for her crew. It is an idealized view of the blacksmiths role on board and the conditions they worked under. Scenes such as these fostered great pride and support from the public and signified the Navy's role as the engine and strength in the defence of Britain.
    HistoryRaphael Tuck and Sons opened a publishing house in London in 1866 specializing in greeting cards and later postcards. They became known for their graphic art postcards with The Times noting that he “opened up a new field of labour for artists, lithographers, engravers, printers, ink and paste board makers, and several other trade classes”.
    The company also ran extremely popular public design completions and is an acknowledged driver of the popularity of Christmas cards.
    In 1940 their offices and records and proofs were destroyed by a German bombing raid. Despite this the company did continue after the war until 1952 when it was merged with other printing firms to become the British Printing Corporation.
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