Card Title

Card Title is the name found on the card or a description of the card if no printed title is available.

  1. If there are multiple cards with multiple names both can written as Card Title seperated by an "or"
  2. If there are multiple cards with the same name then a short description demonstrating the difference between the two cards (lower case) is appropriate
  3. Can also contain a description: "comes hand-coloured"

Also see How Card Titles are Choosen

Set Title

Set Title is the name of the set, name of printing. ie BLACKPOOL, sepia, or blackpool, REAL PHOTOGRAPH.

example card front

CANADIAN ROCKIES would be the set title in the above picture.

Also see How Set Titles are Choosen

Card Comment

Card Comment contains information that applies only to that particular card. Card comments include information such as overprints and especially greetings. If such comments apply to the whole set then they belong in Set Comment.

Set Comment

Set Comment gives information that applies to every card in a set. It often includes "Country where printed" and "where Copyright". Cross-reference is given to other sets that include the same images. Advertisements, notices or greetings that we are sure occur on each card are given here. An example is the American YMCA overprints on cards sold in European Canteens for US forces in WW1, if one card of such a set is found then it is a fair assumption that all 6 were so overprinted. This does not usually apply for the greeting overprints.

First Date Used

First Date is for any card of the set. We hope eventually to include the year that Tuck first advertised a set in brackets after the set title e.g.(1904 list) but this task has a lower priority than new card listing.

Sold As

Sold As indicates how the set was sold as a packet.

Where Sold

Where Sold is the country in which this card was sold. Usually determined by the language or other hints on the back of the card.


Prefixes are the letters founds on the front or back of the card used by Tuck for ordering. For example: C for Christmas, E for Easter, N for New Year, R for Remembrance-mostly Birthdays. Many of the later numbered UK Topographical cards have Prefixes.


Number is usually located on back of the card (top left). See How are postcards categorized on TuckDB for more information.

example card back


Insets contains suffixes used to identify the individual cards in a set (usually A-F but occasionally up to T). For cards with German backs a B suffix is common and many cards come either with or without the suffix. The meaning of the "B" has so far escaped us. Many cards with French backs only occur with P suffixes. This slot also contains any in-set number, sometimes in Roman numeral style.


Orientation is the format of the front picture: horizontal or vertical.


Artist is name of the artist or photographer who created the image on the front of the card.


Place is the Country / State depicted on the card.

Estimate in USD

Estimate the best known value of the card.


A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes a postcard, with other similar postcards. Please see Tags section for more details.