Finkenrath & Grasnick as well as follow-up company Paul Finkenrath Kunstanstalt concentrated on picture postcards (topo). The limited company however, specialised in all types of quality subject / greeting cards for all occasions, mainly for export. Usually each design was available in 2 or 3 different qualities. Embossed, embossed with special brilliant gold or silver inlay, with heavy glossy finish and additional gold/silver inlay on top. Relatively few cards are “plain”.
An experienced PFB card collector from the US estimated in the late 1990’s that Finkenrath had published and printed at least some 5,300 diff. designs during their 10 years of existence. As said above, many designs were available in diff. qualities and of course with imprints in many languages. The imprint was free of charge with a minimum order of 1,200 cards.
The highest series number I have seen so far is in the 11,000 range (p/u in 1910). However, I am not sure if the numbering was consecutively over the years. PFB collectors are invited to help to solve this matter. Another puzzle are the 100% PFB made cards which show no logo nor series number at all.
PFB cards are usually said to had been of outstanding design and quality for the time. Well, there are also quite common cards with flowers, landscape views, art reproductions around. Then again also mechanicals and other “novelties”. Although you find PFB cards with various language imprints, the mass of cards was produced for the US market / customer taste there. Some cards show an additional imprint: “Reg. U.S.A. Pat. Off” in order to protect designs of copying which was quite common there. The mention of “Woolworth” to had been a major customer of PFB puzzles me a little as I understand Woolworth to had been selling low price cards in quantity(?)
A longer article on the PFB company history was published in TPA issue 25.