Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stecher of Rochester, New York

Oh, that this song of mine may reach your heart dear Valentine.

7" x 3 1/2"
circa 1920s 
  Mechanical Flat
   marked with Stecher logo and  '14' 

Stecher Lithographic Company is most famous for its beautiful fruit crate labels and "nurserymen's plates." The latter were exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.  

They began as Charles F. Muntz and Co in 1871, then became Mensing, Rahn and Stetcher around 1874/1875. They changed again to become Mensing and Stecher around 1878 and finally incorporated as Stecher Lithographic Company in January 1887.  

Originally from Germany, Frank A. Stecher became a rounding success in the chromolithographic printing business. He worked with a number of well respected artists and found more designers through contests. One such was advertised in Arts and Decoration, Vol 4 of November 1913. Prizes ranging from $25.00 to $100.00 were offered for "the best original designs suitable for postcards for either Christmas, New Year or Easter designs." 

The company still exists as Stecher-Traung-Schmidt. Its ties to Rochester were ended in 1980 when the plant there was closed. They now have offices in California.

Artists known to have worked for Stecher:


Arts and Decoration, Vol 4, Nov. 1913, p 130
The National Nurseyman Vol 1 No 1, Feb. 1893, p 49
The American Stationer, Vol 79, Jan. 29, 1916, p16
The Industries of the City of Rochester, Elstner Publishing Co., 1888. p 148
Coffee and Tea Industries and the Flavor Field, Vol 38, Jan., 1915

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