October 17, 2019

My Collection: Warner Publishing

The Warner Printing Collection
updated 11/2023
Note: All items in the post are original 
As a one of the directors of the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association, I volunteered in 2019 to sort and catalog an overwhelming contribution/donation for the Association from someone who thought of our mission - to seek out historical information and artifacts that pertain to Community of Lake View and the neighborhood of Ravenswood. While Warner Printing Company had clients throughout the Chicagoland area this blog only includes businesses and organizations that were located in Lake View, my primary focus of this blog.
The Warner Printing Company once operated in Lake View on Sheffield Avenue. The company printed paper business supply products for small businesses. Apparently, the original name was Warner-Windahl in 1920 and by 1924 the last name was dropped according to The List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations. The last company address was the home of the owner of this company 
C. W. Strom.


There are two 'take-aways' from this collection, 1) many of the company's clients were Swedish-Americans and 2) there were a lot of small manufacturing companies in Chicago.
a typical folder of a customer below
the reverse side of a folder
One of my conditions in volunteering to this project in mid 2019 was to be able to keep a sample product from each folder. The condition of the the majority of the materials within each folder were good to excellent condition due to the excellant quality of the Warner Printing Company's folders. I was able to complete my project after the shelter-in-place period of Covid-19 crisis in September of 2020.
2019 photo - Garry Albrecht
Project Complete in 2020
and sent to Sulzer Regional Library for storage

The Collection:
The Warner Printing Company
 The first location was in Lake View
a business reply card with a list of their products

 envelope with prices 

a typical correspondence ...

  and then ...
the company moved to the 
Community of Irving Park, Chicago in 1933
Their Customers:
Belmont-Sheffield Trust & Savings Bank
This bank was established shortly before the Great Depression of 1929 and did not survive it.
 The building is still located on southwest corner.
pre-fold biz card in size
 a small 4 page booklet
Roscoe Flower Shop
Their had events both at The Viking Temple at 3257 N Sheffield and Lincoln Turner Hall on Diversey
This organization seceded from the 'Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois of Odd Fellows' that was established in 1923
a poster above
On July 17, 1914, the Swedish-American Athletic Association was chartered by the State of Illinois. The S.A.A.A. was formed by the merger of three groups dating back to the 1880's; The Swedish Gymnastic Club, Eskil Athletic Club of the southside, and the Scandia Athletic Club of the northside.
 Lake View Swedish Free Church
one of few Swedish churches that was established in the Township of Lake View in the 1880's.
flyers below

Sheffield Dining Room
 D. Rosen Shoe Store 
Salvation Army Temple of Lake View
a business card in size
According to a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map this location was a church/meeting place. Wilton Avenue and appears to be the 'ground zero' for the Swedish-American community in the Township/City/Community of Lake View
the temple building above and  
a member of the organization below
 Radium Studios was also Lake View biz
a pamphlet below
selected pages
 another pamphlet  
more members of this organization 
that was used for the pamphlets
a guest speaker
a program booklet

Swedish American Relief Committee
 Dr. Livingston for Women's Health
 a 5 page 4x6 in size booklet

another 4 page booklet 
pre-folded business card in size

 Joseph F. Anzalone Decorating
 business supplies
Reliable Sheet Metal Works 
 M.C. Ross & Company
for bird cages
 E.L. Moore Cigars
Wiebking Engraving Company 
O.M. Howard Signs
Philadelphia Swedish Pentecostal Church 
  Clark and Waveland Service Station
 Newport Grocery & Meat Market
a full page advertisement
 Phantom Studerbaker
various locations on Lincoln Avenue
Swedish Restaurant  
St. Sebastian's Catholic Church
currently the location of Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
 pre-folded product for the customer
 reverse side of small 3 x 5 card
 a donation envelope below
 reverse side of envelope

for their rolodex
a 5 page rectangular fold-out
zoomed below
 zoomed below again
A Parish Dramatic Club booklet

and the reverse side 
 Aldine Tailors, Cleaners & Dyers
 Johnson & Company
Charles Hultgren, 
painter and decorator 
 Hamen's Curtain Service
 J.C. Paul & Company
manufacturers of metal polish

 Ernest F. Olson Men's Wear
 Walter W. Armstrong M.D.
Dr. Bernard O. Blomgren, Dentist 
Gastis Restaurant Shopping Bag
Max A.R. Matthews Hardware
 Gust Midtun Painting and Decorating
W. Manthey Sheet Metal Work
 V.P. Truhlar Roofing Company

  The Sheffield Club
 E.F. Carlson & Company
 Reliable Sheet Metal Works
 Herrmann Pattern Works
  Anderson Brothers Storage 
a business card with the reverse side
K. Anderson Moving and Expressing
Claremont Theatre 
known to be a Swedish language theater
a full page flyer

Callahan & Company 
furniture & piano moving
 and general trucking contractor
plus machinery movers
 Frederick Stingle 
manufacturer of gold leaf 
Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered into thin sheets
 by goldbeating and is often used for gilding
Lucius W Hoyt, M.D. 
complete set of stationary 
 Roy W Curry
private investigator
Metal Dance Bid Company
 B-B Lace Curtains & Hand Laundry
Schneidier Wheel & Spring Works
 Nu-Enamel Nortown Company
 Wrigley Field Tickets
A Polling Place Flyer
most of the Community of Lake View 
was in the 46th ward at the time
 Chicago Copper and Iron Works
Frank Trapani Realty Company
a moving location card

 Real Estate 'For Rent' Signs
18 x 12 in size

 Doric Temple
Park Lane Chapter # 934
on Irving Park Road
reverse side of pamphlet
La Claire Bath & Beauty Salon

their business cards 
reverse side
Newport Meat Market
a full page advertisement
North Shore Building Material Company
 Hedstrom's Store for Men

 Hamen's Curtain Service

 Fleckles Auction House
 their flyer below
 Matthew S Deddo Real Estate
 their sign below
 Guarentee Loan Company
 H.G. Hanson Painting & Decorating
 Cornelia Realty Company
Curtis Brothers 
 De Luxe Restaurant
once located at 3422 Sheffield Avenue
per the original folder it protected
with folder/address
 Hjalmar E.O. Berquist Real Estate
 plus insurance & loans
5 x 11.5 in size envelope

to be split by the printing company for delivery ...

Addison Coal Company (Kermore Avenue)

The Acme Exterminating Company

Fred Smolin Painting and Decorating
 Diez Brothers Ice Company
a wholesaler

George B. Barwig Furniture Company 
  Logen Liberty #341
based at the Viking Temple on Sheffield Avenue
 A.G.Cigars Store
 American Sales Company
 8 x 10 in size
S. Maude Wells
 pre-folded business card size

 For the Rush B. Johnson campaign
 Jacobson's Drug Store
 Germania Encampment #40
Diversey Hall at 1201 W Diversey

at the 'Lake View Station' on Newport Avenue
Dr. R.F. Elmer
physician & surgeon
J.L. Cunningham, M.D. 
E.A Pinkerton's "Kleen Heet"
  Hanson Florist
 K.L. Atkinson Radio Service
Davis & Liegerg Decorating Company

 Miami Club 
 Club Babylon
Illinois Masonic Hospital  Association
H.&G. Motor Sales

Port Irving Garage & Motor Sales

A Hotel Belmont Event 
 Callahan & Company Auto Park ticket
 Carlson Ice coupon booklet

Carlson's Market order sheet 
 Chicago Copper and Iron Works
 Electric Ice Company sign
 Everett Shade Company
 Great Northern Refrigeration Service
 Guarantee Loan Company
 reverse side of 3 fold card
 K N Satre & Company
 King's Fruit Vegetable Market
 Le Moyne School event poster
Manual Training Lumber Service 
 M Baker Meats and Groceries

 The Newport Grill
Logen Liberty No. 341 at Viking Temple


Link's Hall

 The Auditorium
currently the Metro

Lincoln Turner Hall
Buckingham Theater Building
Trinity Church (at Kenmore)
Business Cards:
These cards are a mini-glimpse of the type of products and services offered during the first half of the 1930's that 
Warner Printing Company produced for their clients
 Dr. F. Detlefsen
*above Meyer's Drug Store*
 Rudolph Fellermeier

Max Matthews Hardware
 Square Deal Harry's Motor Sales
 Roscoe Auto Radiator
 Rose Laboratory
Lake View X-Ray Laboratory 
 Strom Oil & Grease Company
 Charles Roux & Son sign painters
 [The] Cigar Store
 Dorathy's Beauty Salon
 Wadin's Moter Service
 O.A. Guenther & Son
 The Russian Oil Company
 Erickson Landscaping Company 
 Wilton Manor Apartments 
 Ace Barber Shop
 Ferndale Apartment Hotel
Hotels like these offered apartment living with hotel services
 H.G. Meier Food & Deli Shop
 Belmont Electric Company
 H. Malt Extract Company
 Hamilton's Swedish Home Bakery
 Joseph L. Robb, Opt. D.
 a jeweler & optometrist - an interest twist
 Hul's Dance Wax & Filler
 Carl E. Johnson Commercial Artist
 John Kiefer Hair Expert
 Elmer Anderson Swedish Massage & Hydrotherapy
 Iver Jensen Company
 Emma A. Solomon Home Made Candies
Rokeby = Fremont
Their Other Client ...
Communist Party of America
 worksheet above with final product below
a 4x6 booklet 

Post Note:
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