Publishers

Souvenir Post Card Co

New York, USA

The Souvenir Post Card Co (1905-1914) of 268 Canal Street, New York, was a major publisher of a variety of post card types, including many view cards. They used three different printers over the course of their business. 

The company was purchased by Valentine and Sons, and they produced cards in America under the name Valentine-Souvenir Co. At about the same time as the merger Valentine started publishing Souvenir series cards in the UK.

The comic cards of interest here are those with a bee logo, which seems to date from about 1907.

Who said Liar?

It was so big!

Signed "F S"

Bee Logo Back

4 March 1909

Posted in New York

Take a Friend's Advice

And marry the girl

Signed "F S"

Bee Logo Back

Posted in California

Take a Friend's Advice

And Don't Wear  Lawn Skirts

Signed "F S"

 

[Note wording change for USA]

Bee Logo Back

Not posted

Advice to Young Men before marriage

Get an extra strong gramophone to lecture you for coming home late. It will break you in!

Unsigned

Bee Logo Back

Posted in Ohio

1908?

EB0114

Advice to Young Men About to be Married

Borrow Some Kids from the Neighbors and take them out.

See how you like it

Unsigned

Bee Logo Back

Posted in New York

EB0064

Other "Bee Logo" cards (A G Southwick copyright 1908)

Times Building, New York

It's a wonder to me

N14-G?

23 June 1908

 

St Pauls Church, New York

I'm Resting Here

N14-K

Post Office, New York

I shall try to post you

N14-A

12 May 1908

Park Row Building, New York

My Business is looking up

N14-?

   

Post Office, Philadelphia - N21-A

I shall try and post you

City Hall, Philadelphia

It's a wonder to me

N21-C

26 Sept 1908

 

???, Pittsburg

My but Pittsburg is growing some

[Back not seen]

Links with Great Britain

Good-bye Little Girls Good-bye

 

The card on the left has a Bee Logo and the words "Copyright 1905 Souvenir Post Card Co, N.Y." and  is also known posted 1905 with different undivided back.

 

The British version on the right has "Copyright S.P.C. Co 1905 Printed in USA" and was posted in England 20 November 1909.

 

Good-bye Little Girls Good-bye

 

Seen posted July 1906

Links with Valentine (UK)

The husband and how to train them

Valentine series - Souvenir

 

 

At least some of the comic cards by Charles Crosbie for Valentine (in the UK) also appeared in the USA, either in the "Valentine series" for Souvenir, or with the Bee Logo back.

 

 

[Golf series] Rule XVII

Bee Logo back - USA

March 1908

Posted 3 May 1909 in USA

 

The "Do it Now" set was published at the same time as the "F S" cards but it turns out that the artist was Geo. Davey.

 

Posted 1908