Mail art with updated history

Recently I posted about some mail art that my great uncle created while corresponding with his brother during the early 1900’s. One brother, Matthew, was an artist who painted or sketched lovely envelopes that he sent, along with a letter i assume, to his brother Ernest who was a much traveled valet, or Gentleman’s Gentleman. One reader suggested I should post the envelopes individually along with any background information I may have been able to garner. So over the next little while I will be pleased to do so!

This was a good idea to re-post as it presented me with the opportunity to do a little more research and correct a mistake I made when originally posting. Originally I  thought Ernest was working for the photographer H. Guttmann, but in fact he was valet to Herbert H. Gutmann, a German banker of some renown.

Below is an envelope sent to E. Deegan c/o H. Gutmann. Esq.


GutmannAccording to Wikipedia, Herbert Gutmann was the son of the Dresdner Bank Chairman Eugen Gutmann and studied economics, then also worked at the Dresdner Bank . He was a co-founder, director and later president of the German Orient Bank and played a role in the economic activities of the German empire in the Orient in the period before the First World War . As part of this business longer trips led him in the years 1905-1910 under others to Morocco , Egypt , Syria , Asia Minor and Persia . In 1910 he was elected to the board of Dresdner Bank.

The address, 26 rue Sherif Pasha should have been Cherif Pacha and may have looked like this in 1903

As for the Shepeard’s Hotel in Cairo, was that the return address? Were both brothers in Egypt at the same time?


Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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