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L. Scortzis & Co.   (1906-1915)
Cairo, Egypt

An important photographer of Egyptian scenes and people. He published photographs, real photo postcards and printed cards. Many of these cards were hand colored and the real photos were often issued in a miniature panoramic size of 2 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches.



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Scrantom, Wetmore & Co.   (1878-1917)
12 State Street, Rochester, NY

Elbert Henry Scrantom and Lansing G. Wetmore opened a bookstore in 1867. When Albert C. Walker joined them in 1878 they branched out into selling stationary and book publishing. As postcards became popular they began publishing local view-cards in lithography.



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Attilo Scrocchi   (1906-1945)
Milan, Italy

A publisher of souvenir booklets, local guidebooks, view-cards of Italy and Libya, plus many artist signed postcards of women and views. He produced cards in black & white, sepia, color photogravure, and as real photo postcards. Some of these cards have irregular scalloped edges..



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M. Seckel   (1890’s)
New York, NY

A publisher of early souvenir cards depicting New York City in chromolithography.



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E.A. Seemann & Co.   (1874-1993)
Leipzig, Bavaria

An important publisher of books and fine art editions. They also produced a number of cards reproducing works of art as well as hand colored real photo postcards..



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Hermann Seibt   (1898-1920)
Meisen, Saxony

Seibt was a large jobber for his firm Kretzschmar & Schatz but he also published Gruss aus and view-cards of Europe and Palestine under his own name. Some of these black & white collotypes were hand colored.



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Seihan Printing Co., Ltd.   (1923-)
Osaka, Japan

A publisher and printer of illustrated books. Produced a series of postcards reproducing traditional Japanese woodblock prints that were printed in their patented H.B. Process. While it is made up of many very small dots, barely perceivable to the eye, it creates the slightly uneven look of flat woodblock printing. Many of these cards were distributed through the steamship lines that ran service to Japan.



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Seiter & Kappes Litho Co.   (1904-1925)
New York, NY

A publisher of finely printed lithographic products including posters and postcards.



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Gustav W. Seitz   (1859-1914)
Hamburg, Germany

A publisher of illustrated books and view-cards printed in monotones and chromolithography.



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Adolph Selige Souvenir Post Card   (1900-1920)
St. Louis, MO

A publisher of predoninantly mid-Western view-cards, humor, and images of Western themes. Also produced a variety of scenes for other publishers under the trade name Seliochrom.



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Dr. Selle & Co.   (1910-1936)
Berlin, Germany

A printer of lithographic products from posters to postcards.



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Ser Lithography Co.   1871-1980
Rochester, NY

An early printer of chromolithographs. They are best known for their holiday postcards. Merged with Karle & Co. in 1932 and later moved to Detroit in 1981 under the name Ser-Traung-Schmidt.



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Fred Seyffarth   (1908-1909)
Brooklyn, NY

A photographer and publisher of local view-cards as hand colored collotypes. He captured many rare streets scenes.



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M.T. Sheahan   (1903-1910)
297 Congress Street, Boston, MA

A fine art printer and publisher, who in addition to producing prints created many postcards on themes of animals, humor, greetings, and mottos.



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W.H. Sherman’s   1886-
Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME

William H. Sherman, a printer and stationer. Sherman founded and printed the town’s newspaper. After the business was passed onto his daughters they began to published regional view-cards as well. With the growing popularity of nearby Acadia National Park many images of its scenery were turned into postcards for tourists. The store was sold to Michael and Patricia Curtis in 1962 who have opened a chain under the original name.



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Joseph Shinske’s   (1905-1910)
Brooklyn, NY

A publisher of monotone view-cards in collotype depicting local scenes in Brooklyn. Many of the streets that he reproduced were not captured by other publishers.



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Shober & Carqueville   1876-1896
Chicago, IL

Charles Shober had run his own lithographic printing firm from 1857 until 1871 when it was destroyed in the great Chicago fire. Afterwards he took over management of the Chicago Lithographing Company from Louis Kurtz and Edward Carqueville. After Kurtz left the company was renamed Shober & Carqueville in 1876. As one of the major printers in the region they produced chromolithographed covers for sheet music, theater and circus posters, maps, and many trade cards especially for the meat packing industry. Shober left the company in the 1880’s and after Carqueville died in 1896 his sons took over the business renaming it the Carqueville Lithographing Company. This in turn was sold to the Theodore Schmidt Lithographing Company in 1915.



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Shurey’s Publications   (1903-1927)
11 Gough Square, London, England

A large magazine publisher who also produced postcards as free inserts to encourage sales. The cards bore the series names relating to specific magazines such as Smart Novels, Yes & No, and Dainty Novels. Many of these were artist drawn cards that covered views throughout Great Britain and its colonies plus romantic and military themes. These cards were printed in chromolithography with dots in ruled lines, possibly from shading mediums. Many of their cards were manufactured by Doolittle, Fenwick & Co. in York, Allday Ltd. in Birmingham, and Nimmo in Edinburgh.



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H. Sietas & Co.   (1879-1910)
Chefoo, China

A photographer who published hand colored and black & white collotype view-cards of China.



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Darwin D. Silberer & Brothers   (1906-1908)
New York, NY

A publisher who largely produced postcards that revolving around theatrical themes. They also published hand colored greetings that were printed in Germany and Hungary, and some collotype view-cards of New York City.



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C. Simendinger   (1900-1912)
Mulhouse, Germany

A publisher of monotone Gruss aus cards in photogravure.



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A. M. Simon   (1907-1930)
113 Mercer Street, New York, NY

A publisher of view-cards depicting the American East in black & white and sepia collotype. Many of these postcards were hand colored using stencils.



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L. Simondetti   (1898-1915)
Turin, Italy

An important printer of chromolithographic posters and fashion prints. They also produced a number of finely printed postcards and are noted for their vignetted cards of Italian regiments.



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Simplicissimus   1896-1944
Munich, Bavaria

A satirical weekly magazine that was begun by Albert Langen. This publication held a large number of modern style illustrations that were noted for their strong visual presence as well as showing scenes from non-idealized everyday life. Artists such as George Grosz and Kathe Kollwitz did work for them. They also began publishing hand colored postcards of some of their illustrations in both photogravure and roto gravure. Because of their irreverent stance on many issues some of the magazines editors, writers, and cartoonists were imprisoned over the years. After the outbreak of World War One they aligned themselves more closely to the German government and produced many propaganda postcards depicting scenes on the home front. Simplicissimus was revived between 1954 and 1967.



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The Simplicity Co.   (1906-1927)
Grand Rapids, MI

A publisher of national view-cards and greeting cards. The style of these color line block postcards changed over time as different printers were used. Originaly located in Chicago, IL they moved to Grand Rapids about 1909.



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Sing Fat & Co.   1906-
San Francisco, CA

A publisher of postcards depicting Chinese life in San Francisco. Their Oriental Bazaar on California Street and Grant Avenue was the first pagoda style building in the city. It was designed to attract tourists to their postcards and other products that catered to that type of audience.



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Sithens Post Card Co.   (1920-1929)
Atlantic City, NJ

A publisher of tinted halftone white border view-cards depicting scenes around the popular resort of Atlantic City.



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W.L.H. Skeen & Co.   1860-1903
Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Photographers who published illustrated books and postcards. In 1860 the photo studio of S. Slinn & Co. was purchased by the printer William Skeen for his son, William Louis Henry, a London trained photographer. By the late 1860»s additional branches were opened and their name was changed to W.L.H. Skeen & Co. His brother Frederick Albert Edward joined the business in 1878 but left for Burma in 1887 to open his own photo studio with H.W. Watts. At the turn of the century many of the studio’s photographs began to be turned into black & white postcards printed as collotypes. In addition to their views of Ceylon they produced many images of India in the 1890’s. They are best known for their documenting of types, the spice and tea trade, and railroad construction. After his brothers death in 1903 Frederick returned to Colombo to run the shop and changed its name to F. Skeen &amo; Co. Frederick seems to have left or died in 1914 but the studio continued to run for six more years. It is believed that their inventory may have passed to Plat & Co. but this has not been documented.



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W.F. Sleight Post-Card Co.   (1906-1907)
155 South 4th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY

Sleight was a studio photographer that later began publishing view-cards capturing scenes of southern Westchester County and the Bronx. These cards are numbered and printed in black & white halftone lithography.



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Alfred Fletcher Smiley   1944-1955
Lake Minniwaska, NY

When Alfred Homans Smiley visited Coxing Pond in the Shawangunk Mountains in 1875 he fell in love with the place and quickly purchased the land around it. By the following year he began building an inn high on the cliffs above the lake he renamed Minniwaska. In 1944 ownership of this property, which had grown into a large resort passed down to his sole remaining grandson Fletcher. While the resort had produced many postcards over the years, most notably by Detroit Publishing, Alfred Fletcher Smilley began publishing line block cards in halftone monotones under his own name. In 1955 the Lake Minniwaska resort was sold to its General Manager Kenneth B. Phillips, Sr.



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Smiling Cow   (1936-)
Boothbay Harbor and Camden, ME

Published black & white view-cards of the mid-Maine coast. Their cards were printed by the Albertype Co.



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Albert Smith, Ltd.   (1907-)
Jersey, Channel Islands

A local photographer who turned many of his images into postcards. These cards were printed in France as tinted collotypes with a distinct RGB pallet.



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W.H. Smith & Son   (1905-1906)
Newcastle-on-Tyne, England

A publisher of printed and hand colored view-cards, railways, novelties, real photos, and a series of woodcuts depicting London. All their cards were issued in series. Some cards have the words Smith’s Circulating Library printed in the stamp box. These cards were manufactured in Great Britain. Some bare the initials JV on the image side indicating they were printed by Valentine’s.



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J. Solomon, Inc.    1902-
Bank Street, New London, CT

A publisher of local Connecticut view-cards including some of Fishers Island. Many of these cards were printed for them by Tichnor Brothers in tinted halftone spanning the range between cards with white borders and Linens. Today they are primarily involved in office supplies.



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Solomon Brothers, Ltd.    1911-1918
London, England

A large publisher of black & white and tinted halftone postcards. They produced a large series of view-cards under the Sun-Rays Series name. Greeting cards and artist signed cards were also produced, and during the First World War patriotic cards became their staple. In addition they published real photo cards shot in a studio with captions added.



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Sonora News Co.    1896-1929
San Cosme, Mexico City, Mexico

The photographer Charles B. Waite had a studio in El Paso, Texas before founding the Sonora News Company in Mexico in 1896. He published many postcards depicting views, types, and actresses of Mexico and sold them alongside souvenirs. While most of his view-cards can be considered traditional, he stirred up controversy by producing images of Indians living in poverty. Waite’s cards were oriented toward American tourists and most of the writing on them is in English. These cards were manufactured in the United States.



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Souther-Mears Co.   (1908-1910)
Boston, MA

Published view-cards of Massachusetts. Many of these hand colored collotypes were distributed through A. M. Simon.



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Southern Bargain House   (1910-1918)
Richmond, VA

Published a large number of tinted halftone view-cards depicting the Richmond area. Many of these postcards focus on historical sites dating back to the American Civil War. Some cards also reproduce colorized versions of vintage newspaper pictures from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News.



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Southern Pacific Co.   1885-1988
San Francisco, CA

Originally established as a land holding company, it grew through a number of mergers into one of America’s largest railroads serving the Southeast and Pacific Coast from points in the mid-West. Like many railroads they published postcards of views along their passenger routes for advertising. By 1984 their assets were being sold off and in 1988 they were bought by Rio Grand Industries, which kept their well known name. After 1988 however their name disappeared when they became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.



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South Manchurian Railway   1906-1945
Dairen (Dalian), China

After the Russo-Japanese War Japan seized control of the China Far East Railway and renamed it the South Manchurian Railway. They greatly expanded its routes as they utilized it to create new settlements and industry along the line. Lithographic postcards depicting local views and hotels, the railway with its cars, stations, and maps of its system were published to promote these activities. After 1932 the company became an important instrument for Imperial Japan in carrying out the ambitions of the new Manchurian puppet state. The railway was destroyed during the Soviet invasion in 1945 and the company officially dissolved by the American occupational forces after the end of World War Two.



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South-West News Co.   (1908-)
Kansas City, MO

A publisher and distributor of printed materials including postcards. They were an agent for the American News Company for much of their history.



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Southwest Post Card Co.   (1938-1971)
Albuquerque, NM

A large distributor of view-cards of the American Southwest and other Western themes.



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A.Q. Southwick   (1907-1908)
New York, NY

A publisher of quality holiday, comic, and greeting postcards.



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Souvenir Novelty Co.   (1910-1927)
Salt Lake City, UT

A publisher of local souvenir books and postcards in tinted halftone. Many of their cards were printed by Curt Teich.



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