Tuckfields Birds and other cards: types, variants, chronology, exchange tokens, albums, and miscellany

by Mark Calabretta and Cheryl Ridge

Card nos. 4 & 477

The third edition of our research article "Tuckfields Birds and other cards: types, variants, chronology, exchange tokens, albums, and miscellany" dated 2013/01/13, is now available in PDF format.  At 111 pages and over 26 Mbyte in size it's 50% larger than the second edition so please be patient while it downloads.  (Please contact the authors if you have any difficulty in this regard.)  For those familiar with the second edition, a colourised version is available that highlights the new material.

The second edition, which covered the Birds series cards, exchange tokens, and albums, is extended in the third edition to cover miscellany related to the Birds series such as the limited edition sets of teaspoons and canisters.  Also for the first time we detail the six other Tuckfields card sets — Fish, Animals, Dogs, Cats, Wildflowers, and Australian Heritage.  Also new in this edition is an analysis of the differences between the various Birds series, both in terms of subject matter and style, and there is a new appendix on card storage.  This edition also includes the first of the biographical sketches, that of Fred Tuckfield.

The material presented in the second edition has also been developed through further discoveries and research, particularly relating to advertisements in archival copies of The Age newspaper.  Notably, we have switched to the new type naming scheme foreshadowed in the second edition.  To assist with this we have prepared a quick reference guide in both browsable (HTML) and printable (PDF) formats.  Of course there are the inevitable corrections.

The authors are keen to hear from anyone who can contribute new material. The first and second editions of the article may also still be obtained by contacting them.

Wanted to swap or buy

The authors would like to swap or buy cards to complete or improve their collections.  Their lists are available — Mark's (2019/10/16), and Cheryl's (2018/11/27) — if you are interested.

Last updated: 2020/04/26
Type identification for Tuckfields tea Birds series cards. Key distinguishing features of the 36 types are highlighted in yellow. Click on each card for a high resolution image (300ppi).
A PDF file is also available for printing.

Card type TT

Card type TY

Card type TZ

Card type AP

Card type KS

Card type BS

Card type BA

Tuckfields Teas Melbourne; and TY-nee Tips of each type. Always Please; BlacK - Special albums; Blue - Special albums; and Blue - Albums can be...

Card type S1

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Card type UL

Card type U1

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Card type U4

Series types, series 1, 2, 3, and 4. StUdies Large medallion series 1; and StUdies, series 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Card type KN

Card type CK

Card type K1

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Card type N1

Card type N2

Card type N3

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Card type N5

Kinkara NSW; Copper Kettle; and Kinkara (Yarra St.), series 1, 2, and 3. No-coats (i.e. without "protective coating" clause), series 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Card type A1

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Card type A5

Card type X1

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Card type X5

Australiana (12 Yarra St.), series 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. SiXteen Yarra St., series 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.