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.
The Royal Hungarian Orchestra Cabaret
Not a post card
Gentlemen's Dining Room Dining Room Ladies Dining Room
Ladies Dining Room. This is a very rare double card.
Gentlemen's Bar Grill Room AKA Rathskeller-North View
MME. AYOE KYRLE BELLEW THOS. COFFIN COOKE W. H. CRANE DESSA GIBSON
EDDIE FOY GRACE GEORGE R. E. GRAHAM CHARLES GRAPEWIN EMELIE POLINI
KATHI GULTINI RAPLEY HOLMES FRANK KEENAN PERCIVAL T. MOORE JULIE RING
FRITZI SCHEFF CLAIRE ROMAINE OTIS SKINNER E.H.SOTHERN CINTI IN MOTION
GRACE VAN STUDDIFORD EVA TANGUAY NAME MISSING HUBERT WILKE MARGARET DALE
HATTIE WILLIAMS FLORA ZABELLE JEFFERSON DE ANGELIS JULIAN ELTINGE ALEXANDER CARR
KEE KOHLMAR MINTHORNE WORTHLEY MABEL HITE MACLYN ARBUCKLE LOUISE DRESSER
MAY STOCKTON ESTELLE WENTWORTH THOMAS W. ROSS CHARLES STEVENSON NAME MISSING
VALESKA SURRATT NAME MISSING COUNTESS OLGA GUS EDWARDS KIDS GEORGIE PRICE
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.
NELLA WALKER DAVE LEWIS BLANCHE BENDER BERTHA KALISH NAME MISSING
AMELIA BINGHAM DONALD BRIAN JULIA SANDERSON NAMES MISSING MRS. PATRICK CAMPBELL
WINONA WINTER BLANCHE DAYNE NAME MISSING GLADYS HANSON FRANCIS WILSON
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.
FISKE O'HARA DORIS KEANE LEW DOCKSTADER