Invoices, Letterheads, Envelopes & Business Cards

Examples of different types of stationary 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 stationary 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.


1907.  On the right is an invoice statement that shows the brewery complex as it existed at that time, and as it had also appeared several years earlier. The images on this invoice are very similar to those on the c. 1900 letterhead located below on this page.  The invoice is to Engineers Union #18 and involves both a debit and credit, with a stamp showing the invoice was paid.


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. The Bavarian Brewery expanded considerably in the decade after it incorporated in 1890.  The brewery complex around 1900 is shown in the letterhead below.

c. 1912. The Bavarian Brewery continued to expand in the early 1900s. The brewery complex below at first seems similar to the image in the previous letterhead above. But upon a closer view, it's obvious that some buildings were replaced and others were added. Another change in the letterhead below is that son of William Riedlin, Sr., William Jr.,(in about 1908) 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 was renamed the Wm. Riedlin Beverage Co. Temporary stationary 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.   

c. 1919. New letterhead for the Wm. Riedlin Beverage Co. is illustrated below. Note that no officers are shown on the letterhead. With the passing of both Wm. Riedlin, Sr., and Jr., the management of the beverage company was likely in transition. At some point in 1919, it appears that the son-in-laws of Wm. Riedlin Sr., Clarence Cobb and William C. Schott, became officers of this company, and also Riedlin Realty Co.  

c. 1919.  Besides the Bavarian Brewing Co. letterheads displayed above, the Riedlin's also owned and operated the Riedlin Realty Co., Inc. Similar to many brewers, the brewery ownership had a real estate company that owned many saloons to assure the brewery of adequate distributorship of its beverages as well as other ancillary properties. Its possible, for instance, that the Riedlin farm may have been part of the Riedlin Realty Co. This particular envelope held the appraisal of the Wm. Riedllin, Jr. Estate, after he died in March of 1919.