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Letterheads, Invoices, Envelopes & Business Cards

Examples of different types of stationery consisting of invoices, letterheads, envelopes and business cards used by Bavarian Brewing Co., are displayed and briefly discussed below. They are general presented chronologically.  Of particular interest are the  letterheads that were used in each of the decades after the brewery was incorporated in 1890, until Prohibition began in 1919. In particular, the lithographs shown on the invoices and stationery for this period were helpful in establishing the buildings and appearance of the brewery complex at that time. These lithographs were enlarged and used to describe specific buildings in the History section for the Early Riedlin and Later Riedlin Years.

PRE-PROHIBITION STATIONARY (Letterheads, Invoice & Envelope)

C. 1890s. Letterhead used by Bavarian Brewing Co. in the 1890s included the name of the founder and President, William Riedlin, the brewmaster and Vice President, Anton Ruh, and the Secretary and Treasurer, J. H. Kruse. 

c. 1900. This letterhead shows a lithograph the Bavarian Brewery as it existed in the beginning of the 20th Century, which expanded considerably from the previous decade.

1907.  Shown is an invoice statement with a lithograph of the brewery complex as it existed during the invoice date, and as it also appeared several years earlier. The images on this invoice are very similar to those on the c. 1900 letterhead located above.  The invoice is to Engineers Union #18 and involves both a debit and credit, with a stamp showing the invoice was paid.

c. 1912. The Bavarian Brewery continued to expand in the early 1900s, as exhibited by a new lithograph on the letterhead below. The brewery complex below at first seems similar to the image in the previous letterhead above. But upon a closer view, most of the buildings on the earlier lithograph are situated on the lower right of the newer lithograph, with newer buildings shown to the left and in the back. Another change in the letterhead below is that son of William Riedlin, Sr., William Jr.,(in about 1906) replaced Anton (Tony) Ruh as the Vice President. However, Ruh remained the brewmaster for Bavarian until he passed away in 1917. His son Joseph Ruh succeeded his father as the brewmaster.

c. 1918. In this year the production of beer was limited due to restrictions attributed to WWI, but it was also evident that the nation would soon be under Prohibition. In making a transition from a brewery to a beverage company Bavarian Brewing Co. was renamed the Wm. Riedlin Beverage Co. Temporary stationery for this change is depicted below, on the same letterhead that had been used for the brewery. As indicated, J. H. Kruse no longer was the Secretary and Treasurer. Wm. Riedlin, Sr. remained President, but also assumed the title of Treasurer, and Wm. Riedlin, Jr., remained Vice President, while also assuming the title of Secretary.