Publishers

"H Vertigen & Co"

also Howe, Vertigen & Co, and H. V. Co. Ltd.

 

In 1904 Mr Howe linked up with Herbert Taylor Vertigen (who had worked with Henry Moss & Co) to produce post cards by Howe, Vertigen & Co.

Mr Howe left in 1906 and a wide variety of cards were produced by H Vertigen & Co, of 12 Carthusian Street, Aldergate Street, London, the majority being printed in Saxony.  From November 1909 the company traded as "H. V. & Co. Ltd. but seems to have stopped trading shortly afterwards.

 

This company is of particular interest because some of Fred Stone's earliest card were published circa 1904 by Henry Moss at the time that Herbert Vertigen was working at that company (which ceased to trade shortly afterwards). Subsequently H. Vertigen and Co's name appears on at least five of the "F S" sets published around 1906/7. At around the same time Vertigen was publishing a variety of post cards with the same or very similar "Printed in Saxony" backs.

 

These other cards included a number of unsigned "F S" style sets and individual cards, with Saxony backs, which could indicate that Vertigen continued to use "F S" as an artist for a short time after the London View Co. Ltd closed in 1907. Later a number of these cards were republished on the same style of "no publisher" backs as cards known to be by "F S."

 

So far I have no evidence for any "F S" style cards (or any other comic cards) being produced by Moss, Vertigen & Co (up to 1906) or by H. V. & Co. Ltd, (from 1909). It could well be that "F S" was the first comic card artist Vertigen used and other artists were only used when the London View Co Ltd. "F S" cards were no longer being produced..

 

It may be a coincidence but both Frederick Spurgin, and Herbert's wife Annie Levine were born in Russia and came to London with their parents - so may have known each other through the Russian community in London.

Examples of cards published by Howe, Vertigen & Co (Printed in England)

 

 

 Horing Ferry - Series 5156

Posted 9 November 1906

 

Irstead Staith - Series 5167

Posted 20 November 1906

Norfolk War Memorial

Norwich

Howe, Vertigen & Co, London E C

(Early Saxony)

 

Many of the views were of Norfolk, the county where Herbert Vertigen was born.

Many other different types of cards were also printed.

Fred  Howe, Vertigen & Co, London E C

(Early Saxony back in green)

H. Vertigen & Co. cards from "F S" Card Sets  (Saxony publishers)

[New Leaf]

It is never too late to turn over a new leaf

H Vertigen & Co Series

Early Saxony

 

Be Good

and if you Can't be careful

H Vertigen & Co, London

Series 5356

Early Saxony

4 September 1907

Catching the Post

[Post]

H Vertigen & Co Series

Early Saxony

25 March 1908

[Xmas - Small Box]

Good Fortune smile on you this Christmas

Unsigned

H Vertigen & Co

Inland (1)

 

The Girls admire Tommy

Signed "F S"

H Vertigen & Co. London EC

For Inland Postage only this space may be used for Communication

8 June 1908

[not seen]

Puzzle!

Find the happy father

[Vertigen]

 

Unsigned series in the "F S" style published by H. Vertigen (Saxony publishers)

The British Workman

Everyone Works but Father

No Signature

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

Early Saxony

24 February 1909

[Fleas]

A flea in the hand is worth two in the bed

No Signature

Copyright

H Vertigen & Co, London E.C.

Writing Saxony

 

Unposted

Unsigned H Vertigen Cards possibly by "F S"?  (Saxony publishers)

John! John! John!

Go and put your trousers on

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

No Series

Inland (1)

 

[Also same back with no publisher]

4 May 1908

[19 September 1908]

 The Merry Widow

This is the 4th Time

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

No Series

Inland (1)

25 June 1908

[23 November 1909]

[30 December 1911]

This is where the Milkman comes in!

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

No Series

Inland (1)

 

For other variations see The Milkman

20 November 1909
What the eye doesn't see

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co, London

Series 5355

Early Saxony

 

24 September 1907

The Sausage was a fat one

The outside was a skin

The Inside was a mystery

Of a dog called Little Jim

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

Series 6071

Inland (1)

 

Unposted

[15 September 1911]

The Sausage was a fat one

The outside was a skin

The Inside was a mystery

Of a dog called Little Jim

No Signature

 

No Publisher

Series 6071

Inland (1)

 

Unposted

Some are born Great

Some achieve greatness

and some have greatness thrust upon them

Shakespeare

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

Series 6201

Inland (1)

Not posted

Go away you rude man

Garn! Ankles are no treat to me. I'm a bus conductor

No Signature

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

Series 6230

 

[Also Writing Space]

9 September 1911

Only Sinners stand on Slippery Places

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co.

Series 6384

Inland (1)

 

 

Housemaids Knee

A Pleasant Complaint

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

25 October 1912

Housemaids Knee

A Pleasant Complaint

No Signature

No publisher

Printed in Germany

Writing Space

Not Posted 

Unsigned H Vertigen Cards possibly by "F S"?  (English publishers)

The Girls:- "My long lost husband!"

He:- "I'm blowed if I know which is which!"

No Signature

H Vertigen & Co

Printed in England

Unposted

The Girls:- "My long lost husband!"

He:- "I'm blowed if I know which is which!"

No Signature

No publisher

Printed in England

Unposted
H Vertigen Comic Cards signed by other artists (Saxony Publishers)

After the Regimental Dinner. Confound you Sergeant, why don't you keep your mouth shut by

W W Lendon

H Vertigen & Co, London E C

(Inland (1)

Posted 29 August 1908

I Shay Ole Fella. What Regiment D'Ye Belong to Hic

Unsigned

H Vertigen & Co, London E C

Inland (1)

Posted 15 January 1908

The Typist

Flirting with the Clerks

Signed F V P

H Vertigen & Co, London E C

Early Saxon

Our Office Boy by A E

H Vertigen & Co

(Early Saxony)

posted Aug 1907

 

The Young Man's Fancy by E W

H Vertigen & Co

(Inland Postage back)

 

 
A sample of other H Vertigen & Co cards printed in Saxony

I've lost my Nurse

 

Life in our Army

Territorialist Guns and Rifles preparing to March

 

Birthday Greetings

 

The Tower of London, London

 
Example of an H. V. & Co Ltd card (Printed in Saxony)
 

Christmas Greetings

 

I would not wish the wealth alone,

For wealth may pass away,

But Health, Peace, Happiness and Love,

Be yours this Xmas Day.

 

Christmas Greetings    Posted 24 December 1910

Biographical Information

1891 Herbert T Vertigen (16, born New Buckenham, Norfolk) student, living with parents Isaac Vertigen (48) solicitor's clerk and registrar of births, and his mother Eliza (51) in Kings Street, New Buckenham.

 

1901 Herbert T Vertigen (26, born New Buckenham, Norfolk) a commercial traveller boarding at 359 Amhurst Road, Hackney.

 

1905 Herbert Taylor Vertigen was living at 2e, Morgan Mansions, Morgan Road, Lower Holloway

 

1905 (September quarter) Herbert Taylor Vertigen married Annie Levine in West Ham.

1891 census shows Annie Levine (13, born Russia) with her parents Larus & Polly Levine (born Russia) and sibling  [Rebecca (4) born in Mile End, London] living in Plummers Row, Mile End. Ten years later she was still in Mile End, as a tailoress in lodgings. It may be a coincidence but Herbert Vertigen's wife came to London from Russia with her parents and sibling at about the same time as Frederick Spurgin and his parents made a similar move.

In 1908 two Russians were charged for fraudulently stealing money from a number of firms including 10 from Messers. Vertigen & co., Carthusian-street, London. The scam was to send a telegram purportedly from one of their salesmen, saying he urgently needed additional funds. A cheques was sent to the address in the telegram, which was cashed in the salesman's name.

Boston Guardian, 16 May, 1908

 

1911 Herbert Taylor Vertigen (36, born New Buckenham, Norfolk), a Christmas Card Publisher and dealer, was living at 19 Dangan Road, Wanstead, Essex, with his wife of 5 years, Annie [Levine] (30, born Russia) - no children.

 

1938 Herbert Taylor Vertigen of 19 Dangan Road, Wanstead, died 28 May 1938. Probate to widow, Annie Vertigen.