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Eckstein & Stähle,

Stuttgart, Germany


Eckstein & Stähle, printers, founded in Stuttgart in 1852 by Adolf Eckstein and Karl Staele. Early cards featured the art work of Otto Strutzel. In 1902, they were described as Königliche Hofkunstanstalt1 when they printed a book of fine lithographed botanical images which was published by Lutz of Stuttgart. In 1903 they were members of the Commercial Political Association of the German Art Print Industry2. Eckstein & Staehle moved into the former Bachner brewery at 70/1 Augustenstraße in the 1920s. The company stored their printing blocks, made of Sollnhofer slate, in the basement3. Eckstein & Staehle GmbH & Co. KG still seem to be engaged in the production of art prints, artistically valuable maps, globes, as a limited partnership.

Theodor Eismann,

Leipzig, Germany

  • T.E.L. monogram: TH inside an E in the form of a circle
  • TH E. L.

Theodor Eismann, Leipzig, Saxony. A fine art printing and publishing house that produced tinted halftone postcards Lithography, letterpress and chromolitho printing. Their topographicals stretched as far as Constantinople.

By 1898 the company was at 9 Breitkopfstrasse on the cornerenz Fromannstrasse. Leipzig. Appeared to have specialised then on printing coloured illustrations for the huge Leipzig book trade business. By 1903 the business had moved to 28 (later 78) Bayersche Strasse and Eismann had retired. The firm was now run by his son Eduard Theodor Paul Eismann. The Leipzig register of companies for 1909 shows that Theo’s brother Prof. Gustav Edmund Ernst Eismann was co-owner. Gustav lived in New York and led the Eismann branch at 124, West 18th Street4.

Axel Eliasson, Stockholm

  • Axel Eliassons Konstforlag Stockholm
  • A.E.

Axel Eliassons Konstforlag, Stockholm, Sweden’s leading manufacturer of postcards into the mid-twentieth century. Eliasson got the idea for postcard publishing during his studies in Berlin and started his art publishing house in Stockholm in 1890. Initially Eliasson himself was behind the camera and, unlike much of the competion, was able to capitalise on Swedish manufacture. His topographicals started out locally with Stockholm and Gothenburg and spread throughout Scandinavia. His official postcards of the 1897 Stockholm exhibition were a great success5.

N.G. Elwert’s University Bookshop

Marburg, Hesse, Germany

  • N.G. Elwert’sche Universitats-Buchhdlg.

Noa Gottfried Elwert (9 September 1807 to 6 November 1873). Born in Reutlingen, Elwert trained as a printer and came to the Kriegerische Buchhandlung a book-printing and antiquarian bookstore in 7 Reitgasse Marburg in 1828, which he acquired on 1 January 1831. Elwert ran the business under his own name and soon expanded the publishing side.
After Elwert’s death, his nephew, Wilhelm Braun (born 29 May 1842 in Reutlingen) came into the possession of the bookstore. The publishing house passed to Braun’s brother-in-law, Carl Theile (born 1841 in Böhlen near Leipzig).   A few years after Theile’s death on 22 July 1878, Braun bought the publishing house reuniting the former Elwert business except the printing which was sold to Robert Friedrich in 1875 on to K. Gleiser.

The business has been in the same building at Reitgassse since it was founded but doubled its size by purchasing the neighbouring building. By 1883 a music department was run as a branch in the north of the city under the W. Braun company.

Marburg was awarded town privileges in 1222, The University of Marburg was founded in 1527 and dominates the public life in the town to this day. The Marburg University Bookshop published scientific and other academic textbooks such as Basics of zoology by Carl Claus (1872), The Historical Development of German Metrics (1897), E. Maass’s Analecta sacra et profana (1901). It also published a number of scientfiic periodicals. The Bookshop has published histories of itself over the years up to 2001.

Noa Elwert’s biggest seller was Pandects by Adolf von Vangerow which ran to seven editions. The Pandects are a compendium of the Roman civil law in 50 books made by order of Justinian in the 6th century. Karl Adolph von Vangerow, (1808 to 1870) was professor of law at the Universities of Marburg and Heidelberg and an expert in the field of the Pandects which form the foundation of the modern German civil code. He was also a secret councillor. In the territories of the Holy Roman Empire and the later German monarchies, the Secret Council was a college of councils directly subordinate to the prince and mostly under his chairmanship over the most important State affairs, in particular regarding the issuing of ordinances.

Wilhelm Braun-Elwert (3 September 1915 to 3 April 2006) ran the business from 1941, the fourth generation of the Elwert family to run the university bookstore. His son Rudolf took over the role.

Ely, Boynton & Ely, Detroit

  • E.B. & E
  • E B E Co

The firm of Ely, Boynton, and Ely were in operation from 1903 to 1908 and produced many original cartoon cards6. The Detroit Free Press of Sunday, November 26, 1905 advertised a post-office in the show at the booth of Ely, Boynton & Ely, makers. On December 16, 1905 the same journal reported that Edward A. Ely of the advertising firm Ely, Boynton & Ely, was critically ill.

Frank L. Emanuel

  • F. L. Emanuel
The reminder about Lady B’s Ball is certainly a taste of a past life for most.

London-born Frank Lewis Emanuel (15 September 1865 to 7 May 1948) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and at the Académie Julian in Paris. Emanuel was a painter, etcher, illustrator and writer. He was an opponent of modern art, publishing art criticism and topographical drawings in the Architectural Review and the Manchester Guardian. Emanuel wrote The Illustrators of Montmartre (1903) and Etching and Etchings (1930). He exhibited at the Paris Salon; the Royal Academy from 1886; New English Art Club and in Japan, Australia, America, Germany, Holland and elsewhere.

Emanuel convened a group called the Limners at his studio, artists and art-teachers whom he took under his wing and encouraged. The membership included young Isaac Rosenberg, WWI poet who died on the Western Front in 1918 as the age of 27.

Many of his paintings were reproduced as picture postcards by Raphael Tuck. Emanuel’s coastal scenes featured in Tuck’s “Art” Postcard series 698 and 1173 some of which he signed Frank Emanuel. In the divided-back era, he signed Oilettes Frank L. Emanuel.

Carl Engelberger

Stans, Switzerland

  • Postkartenverlag Carl Engelberger, Stans

Carl Engelberger, (28 December 1852 to 11 August 1917), postcard publisher, Stans, a Swiss commune and the capital of the canton of Nidwalden.

Engelberger founded a print shop in Stans in 1896. He wrote, published and printed books and was a poet with the pseudonym “Erni am See”. His 1898 book A hundred years ago. Stories from Unterwalden contains four stories from the history of Switzerland during the French Revolution.

Engelberger published a series of photocards of country people of the Unterwald a Swiss region, made up of the two (half) cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden. He printed the Nidwalden Annual Accounting Reports for 1900, 01 and 02. In 1902 he published a Guide to Stans and District.

Veuve7 Engel-Lievens, Spa, Belgium

  • Veuve Engel-Lievens
  • Vve Engel-Lievens

A. Engel-Lievens, printer, Spa, Belgium. In 1895 Engel-Lievens published Spa, les eaux et les bains. Lettres medicales by A. Poskin and E. Guilleaume. She produced viewcards of Belgium for Désiré van Dantzig(qv).

A Enz, Luzern, Switzerland


I read this card as indicating that it was published by A Enz, publisher, Luzern and printed by Co-operative Book Printing, also Luzern (qv).

H Ephron, Vienna, Austria


Viennese photographer. A CDV from 1900 shows him working from 13 Mariahilferstrasse and 59 Märzstraße. He offered costume and interior photography and boasted medals and awards for his artistic photography. Emil Storch (qv) published his photographs as postcards.

Ephtimios Freres, Port-Said

  • Ephtimios Freres, Port-Said

Ephtimios Freres worked as photographers, booksellers and publishers of postcards in the 1900s10. In 1904 Grand Oriental Stores Ephtimios & Marcoulides was opposite the Eastern Exchange Hotel. In 1913 both businesses were listed in the Egyptian Gazette. Ephtimios & Marcoulides were in rue Sultan Osman, quai Eugénie et rue du Commerce11. Ephtimios Brothers were listed under Oriental and Sudanese Products, travel products while the other business were listed under novelties.

Ephtimios and other postcard publishers who operated in Egypt in the first quarter of the twentieth century noticed the charm of Mansoura as a provincial town and started the photographic heritage of Mansoura12.

In 1919 Ephtimios Brothers Stores advertised Oriental curiosities13. The Official Gazette of the Government of Palestine published in Jerusalem on 1 October 1924 recorded the formation of a partnership between Damian and Issa Ephtimios both of Port Said Egypt and Steelo Elias Awad of Jerusalem as engineers, contractors and merchants. As the enterprise bore Mr Awad’s name and was he was the only executive partner, it may be inferred that the Ephtimios brothers were investing rather than branching out. R.S. Ephtimios and Marcolidis did less well – they were bankrupt by 193114. There has been a large community of Greeks in Egypt, also known as Egyptiotes, from the Hellenistic period until the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, when most were forced to leave. The Greek community in Port Said was founded in 1870. The Arab-Israeli wars of 1956 and 1967 contributed to the uprooting of the sizeable Greek community in the Suez Canal cities, especially Port Said15.

Sallo Epstein & Company,

Durban, South Africa

  • SE c D [in lozenge]
  • Sallo Epstein & Co.,Durban

Sallo Epstein & Co.,Durban, South Africa In October 1892, a Dutchman named Mozes Booleman emigrated to South Africa. On the voyage he met Sallo Epstein and, through their mutual interest in philately, they became friends. In 1893 Booleman set up a business dealing in fancy goods and stamps. By 1896 he was selling stamps in Johannesburg from a location called Philately House under the name Booleman & Co. During late 1896 the firm went into liquidation. Booleman returned to the Netherlands and set up a successful stamp auction.

Around 1902, Epstein took over the business at Philately House in Johannesburg. During the Boer War, he expanded the business to a branch in Durban trading as Sallo Epstein & Co16. The business became the largest publisher of view-cards and types of South Africa and Transvaal. He produced over two thousand postcards in black & white collotype, some with hand colouring. While many of his cards captured everyday scenes, a small number of cards depicted animals, remembrances of the Boer War, and the funeral of President Paul Kruger in 190417. The dismantling of the Dutch Reformed Church was recorded on a Sallo Epstein postcard18.

Henry Ericson

Henry Albert Ericson was the owner of the official photographic company for portraits from Cabinet size (4 by 5 inches) to 8 by 10 inches at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis for the duration of the Fair from 30 April to 1 December 1904. He seems to have taken a numbered series of photographs of the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago in the immediate aftermath of the disastrous fire there on 31 December 1903.

On New Year’s Eve 1903, Chicago’s Iroquois Theater was set ablaze when during a matinee performance of Mr. Bluebeard, largely attended by women and children, the fuse of a spotlight burst, setting fire to the muslin fly border of the stage. For a few minutes, the stagehands fought to put it out—stage electrician John E. Farrell climbed up to the top of the curtain and attempted to douse the fire with his bare hands—but it quickly grew beyond all reckoning. Farrell then hurried down to the stage door, opened it, and began to evacuate everyone backstage. When other workers attempted to slide open the large backstage freight doors, they released a draft that forced the fire into the theater auditorium. Described as a wall of fire and a cyclonic blast by various witnesses, the blaze billowed into the audience, blocking many of the fire exits. Other escape routes were un-labeled, locked, or difficult to operate. Eddie Foy, the headlining comedian at the performance, ran to the front of the stage and began to try to direct people safely out of the theater. But the loft above him caved in and brought the flames to the stage, forcing him to make his own way out. At this point, the lights went out.

In just ten minutes, as many as six hundred people—more than a quarter of the audience—perished. Most of the victims, many of them children or teenagers, had been trampled to death.

Source: Fire! A brief history of theater fires in New York City—and the regulations that helped people escape them. by Olivia Rutigliano

Further reading; Website devoted to Iroquois Theater fire.

Dagmar Eriksén, Norrkoping, Östergötland, Sweden

  • Forlag19 Dagmar Eriksén Norrkoping

Dagmar Eriksén Publishing company, Söderköping & 36 Drottninggatan Norrköping. Eriksen was active as a photographer in Norrköping in 1902-1908 and 1913-1917. On April 4, 1863 Agnes Arosenius opened a photographic studio on Hospital Street and became the first of some twenty female photographers who were active in Norrköping in the years up to the mid-1920s. Most academic programs were closed to women at this time, which meant that many were attracted to being photographers instead. The other women photographers included Constance Wikström and sisters Dagmar Eriksen and Hilda Winge. The sisters originally came from Denmark and had received their education from their father, Peder who did photography at home. As well as studio work Dagmar Eriksen and Hilda Winge photographed industries, station buildings and trains20.

Victor Ernult-Doncq,

Brussels, Belgium

  • VED hand-written in bottom corner of monochrome photograph

Victor Ernult-Doncq, printer and publisher, Brussels.

Victor Ernult and Aline Doncq were both born in Chimay21 where they married on 15 April 1896 when Victor was 28 years old. After the marriage they moved to 26 Rue des Chartreux in Brussels. Around the turn of the century, as well as printing cards for others, Ernult-Doncq began to produce view cards in his own right. In 1903 he moved to 16-18 Rue Lenglentier from where he advertised as V.E.D.22. In an advertisement in 1904 V.E.D. claimed that his illustrated cards were recognised as the most profitable in the world for merchants, boasting that special equipment allowed him to offer unbeatable terms. He supplied photocards of Egypt for the unidentified local publisher GK. Active until at least 1910.

Excelsior Fine Art Publishing Company, London

  • E.F.A. SERIES 545

Excelsior Fine Art Publishing Company, 8 New Coventry Sreet London, W. According to Byatt, C. G. Pascalis was behind the business two years after he left Pascalis Moss (qv). They published Etchings of London, a hardback book of pictures of Victorian London consisting of 24 plates according to Ch. Legrand’s compositions. Their Coats of Arms and Flags Series was a reprint of the images in a set of Dutch trade cards also used as cigarette cards and appointment cards23. EFA are widely said to have been established in 1904 which makes the undivided back cards a puzzle – either they were published earlier than 1904 for the British market or in 1904 for the continental market where undivided backs were not allowed by 1904. The heraldry series may provide a clue – they were made in Netherlands and my undivided back may also have been commissioned rather than edited by the business.

Friedrich Eyfried, Düsseldorf

  • F.E. Above D in a scalloped shield

Friedrich Eyfried of Düsseldorf published topographical cards of Germany and Netherlands and sentimental depictions of children in popular stories. He was also interested in current affairs and published photo-cards of the 1902 Düsseldorf Industrial Exhibition and the Zeppelin over Duisburg.

Eyre and Spottiswoode, London

  • Eyre and Spottiswoode
  • the Woodbury Series

Eyre and Spottiswoode was founded by George Edward Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode in 1845 on Fetter Lane, London. They were the King’s Printers, printing for His Majesty’s Stationery Office. They branched out into Christmas card printing, and by the late 19th century were also printing postcards under the Woodbury Series name. In the 1970s the company became part of Methuen Publishing and was then sold to Cambridge University Press in 198724. Many undivided cards were B&W reproductions of art owned by Liverpool Corporation.

Eyries Frères,

Nemours, Seine-et-Marne,

Île-de-France, France

  • Eyries Frères

Eyries Brothers were publishers in Nemours who published some of Paul Lafaye’s (qv) photographs in postcards. The archives of the American Philosophical Society contains correspondence from the 1820s with Eyries freres & cie. Le Havre to that society25.

1Royal Court Art Institute

2 Handelspolitische Vereinigung des Kunstdruckgewerbes





7 widow

8Publishing house






14Le Journal des Tribunaux Mixtes 2 April 1931





19Publishing company


21 A Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut.





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