Thursday, March 7, 2013

Who was Karaktus, of Crown Publishing Co, of St Albans?

Karaktus, Card No 27, Crown Publishing Co, St Albans, 1909

Post Cards
St Albans
My great grandfather, Jacob Reynolds, was a major milk producer in the St Albans area and employed a number of delivery milkmen who went round the city supplying milk at the door. I was amused to see the following post card - especially when I discovered that it had been published in St Albans. So I decided to investigate and found a whole series of comic post cards by Karaktus from 1908-1909. I also came across a mystery - the company that published it appears to have only existed for a couple of years - and no-one knows who Karaktus was. See KARAKTUS, Crown Publishing Ltd, St Albans, 1908/9 for many more examples of his work - and some other comic post cards published by Crown Publishing. And please tell me if you have any information that could help to identify him.


  1. If you are on findmypast try clicking on the Enumerator's List. There are two entries for 23 Catherine Street both labelled Shop and Uninhabited. Three lines down is the entry for "Hilton" and Miss Langley which is the address given for Nellie Redding. It seems worth considering that Karaktus had occupied the shop until the previous year.

  2. Thanks ANthony - I somehow missed this - and have now corrected the original posting.


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