Postcards in Category Nurse

OH, DOCTOR! SAY HE WILL GET WELL 8887
OH, DOCTOR! SAY HE WILL GET WELL
Set Title
DOING HER BIT young girl as nurse
Set Comment

OILETTE, PRINTED IN ENGLAND or PRINTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, COPYRIGHT LONDON
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER ABOUT THIS SET OF POSTCARDS-with grateful acknowledgement to Tim Sands (grandson of Ada Florence Tuplin and son of Mary Elfreda Sands), 23 Sudbrooke Road, Scothern, Lincolnshire’.
Doing Her Bit Postcards
Raphael Tuck & Sons, published the group of postcards, Oilette Postcard No 8887, called, Doing Her Bit, during the First World War. The original photographs for these cards were taken in 1915 in Sheffield
using young members of the ‘Tuplin’ family in the role of the Red Cross Nurse and, in one card, a Doctor
caring for their ‘doll’ patients.
It is unclear how the contact was made between the ‘Tuplins’ and Raphael Tuck. However, perhaps
unusually for the time, the children’s mother, Ada Florence Tuplin (nee Simms) (1873-1948), was an
enthusiastic photographer, taking and developing photographs of family events as well as more creative
tableaux; one of the latter depicts a woodland scene with her daughter, basket in hand, dressed up as
Little Red Riding Hood. She was, for example, a contributor to The New Photographer magazine. It may
be that Raphael Tuck used a professional photographer (in Sheffield?) who was acquainted with the
family.
The Red Cross Nurse in the pictures is Mary Elfreda Tuplin (known as Freda) (1912-1989), aged 3½, and
the doctor is her brother, Frederick Roy Tuplin (1903-1976), aged 12. One of the dolls in the pictures was
named ‘Belinda’ by Freda and is by Simon Halbig and made for Kammer & Reinhardt. Ironically, in view
of the time, it is a high quality German doll and may well have been a gift from Raphael Tuck.
Ada Florence Tuplin was my grandmother and Mary Elfreda Tuplin my mother.
Tim Sands
08/07/20

Card Comment

H.M.B. quote cont'd: WE NURSES WORK LIKE HORSES; WE'LL MAKE HIM SOUND AS ANY BELL, WE GIRLS WHO WEAR RED CROSSES., comes opt. in red TO GREET YOUR BIRTHDAY
Please read the note in the set comments above. This card show the brother Frederick Roy Tuplin (1903-1976), aged 12

Estimate
$15.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal
WHAT IS A RED CROSS NURSE TO DO WITH SUCH A SET OF CRANKS AS THESE? black doll 8887
WHAT IS A RED CROSS NURSE TO DO WITH SUCH A SET OF CRANKS AS THESE?  black doll
Set Title
DOING HER BIT young girl as nurse
Set Comment

OILETTE, PRINTED IN ENGLAND or PRINTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, COPYRIGHT LONDON
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER ABOUT THIS SET OF POSTCARDS-with grateful acknowledgement to Tim Sands (grandson of Ada Florence Tuplin and son of Mary Elfreda Sands), 23 Sudbrooke Road, Scothern, Lincolnshire’.
Doing Her Bit Postcards
Raphael Tuck & Sons, published the group of postcards, Oilette Postcard No 8887, called, Doing Her Bit, during the First World War. The original photographs for these cards were taken in 1915 in Sheffield
using young members of the ‘Tuplin’ family in the role of the Red Cross Nurse and, in one card, a Doctor
caring for their ‘doll’ patients.
It is unclear how the contact was made between the ‘Tuplins’ and Raphael Tuck. However, perhaps
unusually for the time, the children’s mother, Ada Florence Tuplin (nee Simms) (1873-1948), was an
enthusiastic photographer, taking and developing photographs of family events as well as more creative
tableaux; one of the latter depicts a woodland scene with her daughter, basket in hand, dressed up as
Little Red Riding Hood. She was, for example, a contributor to The New Photographer magazine. It may
be that Raphael Tuck used a professional photographer (in Sheffield?) who was acquainted with the
family.
The Red Cross Nurse in the pictures is Mary Elfreda Tuplin (known as Freda) (1912-1989), aged 3½, and
the doctor is her brother, Frederick Roy Tuplin (1903-1976), aged 12. One of the dolls in the pictures was
named ‘Belinda’ by Freda and is by Simon Halbig and made for Kammer & Reinhardt. Ironically, in view
of the time, it is a high quality German doll and may well have been a gift from Raphael Tuck.
Ada Florence Tuplin was my grandmother and Mary Elfreda Tuplin my mother.
Tim Sands
08/07/20

Card Comment

verse cont'd: IT IS'NT RED CROSS WORK YOU KNOW, LET ME NURSE TOMMIES IF YOU PLEASE

Estimate
$20.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal
NURSE'S CHARGE 994
NURSE'S CHARGE
Set Title
funny cats, cats as people, clever cats
Set Comment

u/b or d/b, listed in 1904 & 1908/1909 & 1911/1912 &1913/1914 Postcard Catalogues

Estimate
$6.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal
NOT IN THE PRESCRIPTION 8797
NOT IN THE PRESCRIPTION
Set Title
NOT IN THE PRESCRIPTION
Set Comment

OILETTE, PRINTED IN ENGLAND

Card Comment

comes opt. in blue CHRISTAS GREETINGS! & A HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUR COMING YEARS BE EACH A GEM TO SPARKLE IN LIFE'S DIADEM

Artist
P.D.NICKLIN
Estimate
$10.00 USD
Orientation
Vertical
Red Cross nurse 8845
Red Cross nurse
Set Title
ON SERVICE
Set Comment

OILETTE, COPYRIGHT LONDON, PRINTED IN ENGLAND or PRINTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM,

Card Comment

comes opt. in gilt BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

Artist
HAROLD COPPING
Estimate
$12.00 USD
Orientation
Vertical
fully dressed girl in nurses uniform stands tending to prone doll right 1617
fully dressed girl in nurses uniform stands tending to prone doll right
Set Title
The morning toilet, children, ART
Set Comment

ART, PHOTOTYPED IN BERLIN, listed in 1904 POSTCARD Catalogue

Estimate
$12.00 USD
Orientation
Vertical
IF YOU CAN HEAL A WOUNDED HEART, PRAY, HEAL MINE FROM CUPID'S DART girl as nurse
IF YOU CAN HEAL A WOUNDED HEART, PRAY, HEAL MINE FROM CUPID'S DART  girl as nurse
Set Title
Valentine, unnumbered, children at work, small vignettes of relevant items, Curtis
Set Comment

u/b, COPYRIGHT 1903 BY RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS CO., LTD. N.Y.

Artist
E. CURTIS (Elizabeth Curtis)
Estimate
$5.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal