G.A. Roedde Limited, Bookbinders & Printers Fact Sheet

Gustav opened the first Bookbinding buisiness in Vancouver, though he began working in BC in 1886.

Locations:

  • 88 Johnson St. in Victoria in 1889 (Binder and Box Maker)
  • News Advertiser Office- Gustav was their Binder in 1889
  • 36 Cordova and, later the same year, 50 Cordova in 1891.
  • Over at Butcher shop first 3?? Cambie (for 6 months) across the alley from the Horne Building (photographed)
  • 313 Cambie St in the Horne Building from 1892-1899
  • 414 Hastings from 1900-1905
  • 427 Richards St from 1905-1914
  • 616 Homer St from 1914-1951 The Building was made for GA Roedde Ltd with three floors and a freight elevator. In 1951 it was acquired to be turned into the Federal Post Office, sold for $28,000
  • 849 Homer St. in 1951
  • 1367 Howe St. in 1967- last location Gustav's sons worked at.
  • #3 Bathgate Way, Richmond- Current Location of "Roedde Printers"

Timeline:

  • 1886 - Gustav moves to Victoria, working as Binder and Box Maker.
  • 1889 - Gustav worked as 'binder' for the News-Advertiser in Vancouver  which was the first newspaper in North America to use an electric printing press
  • 1893- Gustav went to the Chicago's World Fair with his St. Bernard dog Rex. In the parade Rex pulled a cart with a large leather bound book on it.
  • 1940- Company bought out a small lithography shop which improved their colour printing
  • 1953- Gus Roedde Jr dies
  • 1957- Bill (William) Roedde dies
  • 1965- Buisiness is no longer run by the family. Madeline Roedde (Gus's widow) sells the company.

Well Known Customers

  • Painted menus for CPR Empress Liners
  • Hotel Vancouver
  • Woodwards
  • Spencers
  • Hudson Bay Co.
  • University of BC
  • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
  • Troreys- Top Jewellers of Vancouver


Gustav Roedde was famous for his hand-crafted books and bindings and marbling technique

Gustav was firmly anti-union and would not tolerate any employee becoming involved with a union.. He was a perfectionist and did not believe everyone should be paid the same when he was producing much better work.

He took a more paternalistic ideal and would ocasionally bring his foreman and office staff home for lunch.

 

 

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