Bismarck Cafe

 


Bismarck Ad.jpg (220441 bytes)        Joseph Ehrman-Bismarck.jpg (180194 bytes)
                                               Joseph Ehrman

   Bismarck's began around 1900 at 612 Vine St. as can be seen in the first two items above. They moved into the bottom floor of the Mercantile Library Building at 414 Walnut St. in 1904 and was known in the beginning as the Ehrman Catering Company and it was incorporated by Julius Fleischmann, W.W. Granger, Dr. A. Zeckendorf, and Charles Wiedemann. The venture quickly became a failure and , after 6 months, all obligations were assumed by Charles Wiedemann and the company was reincorporated under the name The Bismarck Cafe Company with Emil G. Schmitt at its head. Under Schmitt's leadership the enterprise became the largest establishment of its kind in Cincinnati and served the higher class trade. It was divided into three large departments- The Lady's Grill Room,  Grill Room, and Gentlemen's Cafe/Rathskeller. They were well known for their German food and there were around 150 chefs, cooks, and waiters serving it. 
   It was only natural that their upper class cliental would start their evening entertainment by going to one of the many theaters around town and then capping off their night by eating dinner at the Bismarck. Their connection with various theaters is obvious and I would guess that the cards below were passed out, or sold to, their rich patrons. Again, if anyone has any of these cards for sale please let me know.

Bismarck-fg.jpg (68019 bytes)                        Bismarck Caberet.jpg (289246 bytes)
The Royal Hungarian Orchestra                                        Cabaret                     

 

Bismarck's Main Dining Room.jpg (106364 bytes)
Not a post card

 

  Bismarck Gents DR.jpg (89148 bytes)               Bismarck Dining Rm.jpg (115022 bytes)               Bismarck Ladies DR.jpg (90740 bytes)
Gentlemen's Dining Room                             Dining Room                              Ladies Dining Room   

 

The Bismarck-doublecard.jpg (283696 bytes)
Ladies Dining Room. This is a very rare double card.

 

  Bismarck Gents Bar.jpg (118550 bytes)                Bismarck Grill Rm.jpg (149075 bytes)               Bismarck North View.jpg (78501 bytes)
      Gentlemen's Bar                                   Grill Room AKA                          Rathskeller-North View
         Rathskeller-West View     

 

Bismarck Ayoe.jpg (78203 bytes)    Bismarck Bellew.jpg (86538 bytes)    Bismarck Cooke.jpg (73992 bytes)    Bismarck Crane.jpg (75892 bytes)    Bismarck-Gibson.jpg (70332 bytes)
MME. AYOE                     KYRLE BELLEW          THOS. COFFIN COOKE             W. H. CRANE                  DESSA GIBSON

 

Bismarck Foy.jpg (71084 bytes)    Bismarck George.jpg (80163 bytes)    Bismarck Graham.jpg (78153 bytes)    Bismarck Grapewin.jpg (90275 bytes)    Bismarck-Polini.jpg (64366 bytes)
    EDDIE FOY                      GRACE GEORGE                 R. E. GRAHAM            CHARLES GRAPEWIN           EMELIE  POLINI

 

Bismarck Gultini.jpg (84043 bytes)    Bismarck Holmes.jpg (74748 bytes)    Bismarck-Frank Keenan.jpg (152289 bytes)    Bismarck Moore.jpg (91572 bytes)    Bismarck-Ring.jpg (65625 bytes)
KATHI GULTINI               RAPLEY HOLMES              FRANK KEENAN          PERCIVAL T. MOORE               JULIE RING      

 

Bismarck-Fritzi Scheff.jpg (156995 bytes)    Bismarck-Claire Romaine.jpg (156871 bytes)    Bismarck Skinner.jpg (87183 bytes)    Bismarck Sothern.jpg (71201 bytes)    Bismarck-In Motion.jpg (65709 bytes)
 FRITZI SCHEFF                CLAIRE ROMAINE               OTIS SKINNER                     E.H.SOTHERN               CINTI  IN  MOTION

 

Bismarck Studdiford.jpg (76520 bytes)    Bismarck Tanguay.jpg (69627 bytes)    Bismarck Warning.jpg (85607 bytes)    Bismarck Wilke.jpg (77651 bytes)    Bismarke-Marge Dale.jpg (63149 bytes)
 GRACE VAN STUDDIFORD        EVA TANGUAY                   NAME MISSING               HUBERT WILKE              MARGARET DALE        

 

Bismarck-Hattie Williams.jpg (168572 bytes)    Bismarck Flora Zabelle.jpg (79883 bytes)    Bismarke De Angelis.jpg (63886 bytes)    Bismarck-Eltinge.jpg (75102 bytes)    Bismarck-Carr.jpg (94179 bytes)
HATTIE WILLIAMS           FLORA ZABELLE       JEFFERSON DE ANGELIS       JULIAN ELTINGE        ALEXANDER CARR

 

Bismarck-Kee.jpg (63123 bytes)    Bismarck-worthley.jpg (69008 bytes)    Bismarck cafe-mabel hite.jpg (75875 bytes)    Bismarck-Arbuckle.jpg (64656 bytes)    Bismarck-Dressler.jpg (93664 bytes)
  KEE KOHLMAR        MINTHORNE WORTHLEY           MABEL HITE             MACLYN ARBUCKLE          LOUISE DRESSER 

 

Bismarck-Stockton.jpg (118626 bytes)    Bismarck-Wentworth.jpg (154952 bytes)    Bismarck-Ross.jpg (144685 bytes)    Bismarck-Stevenaon.jpg (177665 bytes)    Bismarck-What Happened.jpg (158383 bytes)
MAY STOCKTON         ESTELLE WENTWORTH       THOMAS W. ROSS       CHARLES STEVENSON           NAME MISSING   

 

Bismarck-Surratt.jpg (171499 bytes)    Bismarck-Stop Thief.jpg (153731 bytes)    Bismarck-Olga.jpg (156821 bytes)    Bismarck-Gus Edwards Kids.jpg (139254 bytes)    Bismarck-Georgie Price.jpg (163551 bytes)
VALESKA SURRATT              NAME MISSING                COUNTESS  OLGA        GUS  EDWARDS KIDS           GEORGIE PRICE    
                                                                                                  VON  HATZFELDT                                                                                            

   The last two cards above are the same because the 4th card is an error postcard in that it is missing the name Georgie Price.

Bismarck Cafe-Nella Walker.jpg (156695 bytes)    Bismarck-Dave Lewis.jpg (154423 bytes)    bismarck-Blanche bender.jpg (159550 bytes)    Bismarck Bertha Kalish.jpg (156934 bytes)    Bismarck One Womens Life.jpg (159410 bytes)
NELLA  WALKER                 DAVE LEWIS                BLANCHE BENDER            BERTHA KALISH              NAME MISSING

 

Bismarck-Amelia Bingham.jpg (151590 bytes)    Bismarck-Donald Brian.jpg (147949 bytes)    Bismarck-Julia Sanderson.jpg (152493 bytes)    Bismarck-Lights Of Our Saviour.jpg (150843 bytes)    Bismarck-Mrs. Patrick Campbell.jpg (148786 bytes)
        AMELIA BINGHAM             DONALD BRIAN            JULIA SANDERSON           NAMES MISSING     MRS. PATRICK CAMPBELL

 

Bismarck-Winona Winter.jpg (149868 bytes)    Bismark-Blanche Dayne.jpg (160472 bytes)    Bismarck Playing in Ben Hur.jpg (155984 bytes)    Bismarck-Gladys Hanson.jpg (147038 bytes)    Bismarck-Francis Wilson.jpg (144565 bytes)
WINONA WINTER            BLANCHE DAYNE              NAME MISSING             GLADYS  HANSON          FRANCIS WILSON

 

Bismarck Blanche Ring 2.jpg (225278 bytes)    Bismarck Cafe Blanche Ring.jpg (143538 bytes)    Bismarck-Dorothy Daley.jpg (278051 bytes)    Bismarck-Mabel Taliaferro.jpg (286007 bytes)    Bismarck-Sam Bernard.jpg (292051 bytes)
BLANCHE RING               BLANCHE RING  2            DOROTHY DALEY          MABEL TALIAFERRO           SAM BERNARD

   The two Blanche Ring cards are very confusing. They are obviously two different women, unless she is in stage make-up in one of the portraits, they both are starring in the same play but at two different theaters. Maybe one of them is an error card. Like I said, very confusing.

Bismarck Fiske Ohara.jpg (329940 bytes)    Bismarck Doris Keane.jpg (311005 bytes)    Bismarck Lew Dockstader.jpg (261728 bytes)
    FISKE O'HARA                 DORIS KEANE                LEW DOCKSTADER

 

 

 

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