Company name: Rob. Kathmann & Co.
Address: Leipzig, Elisenstr. 25-29
In business from: 1862 or 1864 until c. mid 1960’s
Printer: yes Publisher: yes
Means of production / workforce:
3 litho presses, 8 other machines 60 workers (1913) – 2 letterpress, 3 litho (1 offset), 40 workers (1933) – machinery as above but 45 workers (1950)
illustration shows company logo used in pre-1945 years
Specialised in: Greeting/subject cards / deLuxe Paper manufacturer
Notes: Robert Kathmann became owner in 1868. By 1913 the company had come into the hands of Erich Bleyl who did run the firm at least until 1950. All cards I have found so far showing the “Rokat” logo date of post-WW1 years. Some appear to be printed by gravure process.The majority of cards found are of common type.
Illustrations (from top):
ROKAT New Year card without typical number, or hidden below postage stamp, although many cards have a number usually listed near logo. Multicolour offset. P/u Dec. 1933.
ROKAT winter scenery, again without card number, but “Import” imprint. Not p/u. Multicolour offset with heavy gelatine finish.
ROKAT card no. 1517, Easter Greetings, multicolour offset printed, p/u March 1940.
ROKAT card no. 1050, name day greetings, looks very much like printed by gravure process. P/u 1940, with “Import” imprint.
ROKAT greetings card with card number covered under postage stamp. This with name day greetings. Offset printed. P/u in c. 1930’s. Postmark illegible.
ROKAT card no. 987 (found inside stamp box). Christmas greetings, lithography, heavy gelatine finish and additional gold overprint. With undated message, sent inside letter.
ROKAT card no. 555. Young couple. Greetings imprint in Dutch language. Looks like a real photo card at first look, but is a halftone printing actually with well done glossy finish. Not p/u, the fashion might date from late 1920’s as well as from 1930’s.
Below: view of the Kathmann factory taken from a letterhead dated 1938. Looks a bit too big to house only c. 40 workers(?).