Flat with Stand
marked: Buzza Co
Pre name change to Buzza-Cardozo in late 1930s
Though he struggled for the first 6 years, eventually his unusual style and high quality won over many fans leading the company to expand in 1915, from its one-man show origins. They had of course by then, long ago moved on from the original poster style of the earliest cards, expanding to include a diverse array of cards. C. D. Van Gorder is credited with helping design quite a number of cards after this point. Ralph Nunus Cardozo (b June 14, 1894) who went on to become a partner with Buzza after the sale of the original Buzza company, was with the company in its early years. Other important early figures include artists Lee Mero, Bernice Shaver and Janet Scott.
Flat with Stand
marked: The Buzza Co
In 1922 the company obtained exclusive rights to use the writings of "Just Folks" poet, Edgar A. Guest, in its cards and mottos. In addition the company employed J. P. McEvoy as a writer. George Buzza himself continued to contribute his own creativity, including original verse, to the cards his company produced. Another hallmark of the company was the high quality and often unusual colors and textures of the papers used in manufacturing their greetings.
The company moved from Minneapolis, Minnesotta to Hollywood, California in the 1930s. At the same time they changed their name to Buzza-Cardozo with Ralph Cardozo now a full partner with George Buzza. There are mentions in some sources of the original company being sold with George Buzza planning to retire upon his move to California. Whether this was the intention or not, it was not to become reality, as George instead launched a new endeavor with Ralph Cardozo, who also made the trek from Minnesota to California. The building they had occupied in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis from 1923 remained a design studio for the company after the move, until 1942 when it was acquired by the federal government and used for war-time manufacturing by the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company. Still bearing the Buzza name, the building is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
by The Buzza Co
marked: Craftacres, Mpls., U.S.A.
While some sources report the liquidation of the company around World War II, this appears to be jumping the gun. There are copyright entries for the company dating into at least 1964. Gibson purchased Buzza-Cardozo in the early 1950s, so was likely continuing the name for some period after the purchase.
George Buzza passed away in Guatemala on April 11th, 1957 on his way home to Los Angeles after a vacation. Ralph Cardozo passed on January 17, 1965.
- Valentine Treasury - Robert Brenner
- The Romance of the Greeting Card (1956 revised edition) - Ernest Dudley Chase
- Obituary of George Buzza, Cedar Rapids Gazzette; April 14, 1957
- National Register of Historic Places Registration form for the Buzza Building
- Valentines: A Collector's Guide - Barbara Johnson, Ph. D.
- Cincinnati Magazine, Aug 1975; Greetings from Gibson, by Carole M. McCarthy; pp 13
- Jack Older (January 1932). "Humor in Cards Hits Depression". Pacific Coast Gift and Art Magazine.