Company name: Eduard Buettner & Co.
Address: Oranienburgerstr. 59, Berlin N.
In business from: 1880 - 1906 (with postcards) - 1908
Printer: yes Publisher: yes
Means of production / workforce: unknown, about medium size, 150-250 employees
Trademark(s): Company initials E.B. & Co. (in Berlin) followed by card/series number
Specialised in: Greetings cards & deluxe paper manufacturers, later also known for playing cards
Notes: Owners in 1898 were a Max Loewenstein and Ferd. Nagelschmidt
Early (quality) chromolithographic greeting card manufacturers. Many with short poems promoting the postcard craze of that time. Probably a much underrated (by today’s collectors) company.
Closed their postcard business by mid 1906 and announced to concentrate on playing card production only. Huge stocks of cards and other items were on sale, incl. their latest postcard series, printing finished in Sept. 1906. Also all their presses and other equipment used for embossing, gilding etc. was for sale.
On Feb. 1, 1908 the entire Buettner & Co. playing card business was bought by the competitor and leading playing card manufacturer “Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG”.
Illustrations (from top):
E. Buettner series/card no. 9940 - p/u 1901
– series 9036 - p/u 1899
– series 9794 - not p/u
– series/ card 9151 - p/u 1900
colourful address side of card 9151
– series 9226 titled “Greetings from..” with verse encouraging to write a letter. The flowers (edelweiss) are covered with small glass pearls. P/u August 1901.
– series 8014 or 9014. Once again with verse promoting the postcard hobby. Produced for the sale in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Mailed from Vienna to Budapest in April 1899.
– series or card no 9358. “Greetings from..” and verse on postcards. P/u June 1902.