Schmidt Label & Litho. Co.

Schmidt Label & Litho. Co.

The Schmidt Lithography Company was based in San Francisco. Max Schmidt, a German immigrant, founded his first printing business in 1873, and he was one of the first printers to use lithography on the West Coast. His plant burned twice, in 1884 and 1886, but by the 1890s he ran a factory in San Francisco, as well as branches in Portland and Seattle.

During the 1906 earthquake and fire the company’s premises were destroyed again. Schmidt quickly acquired a nearby paper factory and production continued practically uninterrupted. Within two years of the fire, Schmidt had rebuilt on the site of his former factory at the corner of Second and Bryant Streets.

Schmidt’s company was best known for its printed labels, but they also produced other items like separately-issued prints. The company was once the largest printing company on the West Coast and today they are remembered for the clock tower that still stands at Second and Bryant Streets.


1908 - [San Francisco View] Schmidt Lithograph Co. Second and Bryant Sts. San Francisco, California

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Birdseye View Calendar Showing the Schmidt Printing Works Against the San Francisco Sky Line Rare Calendar for 1908, published by the Schmidt Label & Litho. Co, and bearing the name of its sales agent in Portland, E. Shelley Morgan. In the late...


1912 - [Fruit Crate Label Advertising Map] Star of California Brand

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Decorative Fruit Crate Label map of California, promoting Exeter Orange Growers.


1906 - The Burning of San Francisco April 18, 19, 20, 1906.

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Striking Cityscape of San Francisco on Fire Detailed and dramatic view of San Francisco on fire after an earthquake in 1906. On the wharf, the lithographic print shows steam ships ready to depart the docks. A crowd is gathered nearby, presumably to...


1888 - [Los Angeles] Southern California. Scenes About Los Angeles.

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Rare double page color printed image of important places in the Los Angeles area, which appeared in The WASP magazine. The views include: The Belmont and Grounds, Summer & Winter Resort. Clark & Patrick Proprietors Philadelphia Brewery,...


1888 - [Los Angeles and San Diego] Southern California. Scenes In and About Los Angeles.

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Rare double-page color-printed image of important places in the San Diego and Los Angeles area, which appeared in The WASP magazine. The views include: The Burbank Villa Hotel 10 Miles from Los Angeles New-United States Hotel Los Angeles Cal....


1888 - [San Diego] Views of Southern California. Prominent Places in and about San Diego

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Rare double page color printed image of "Prominent Places" in the San Diego area, which appeared in The WASP magazine. The views include: Hotel Josephine (Coronado), with Coronado Railroad in the foreground Chadbourne's New Building (4th & C...


1923 - Pictorial Map of Fresno County and Mid-California's Garden of the Sun

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One of the great California pictorial maps from the Golden Age of American Pictorial mapmaking. The map stretches from San Francisco in the lower-left corner to San Emigdio Mountains at the right and the Sierra Nevadas in the background. The map thus...


1912 - [Fruit Crate Label Advertising Map] Panama Brand (North America & Panama Canal)

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Decorative Fruit Crate Label, showing various routes through the Panama Canal, published for the Johnson Fruit Company of Santa Barbara, California.