Robert G. Rasquin, Lithographer

Robert G. Rasquin, is the printer and perhaps publisher, from the prior post Sledding In The New Year, whose copyright appears below. He was born September 1856 in New York of German born parents. He married Charlotte Read (possible alternate spelling) on December 28, 1881 in Kings County, NY. Charlotte was born June 1858 in New York; they had two children, Roland R. and Ethel J. Rasquin. Robert died January 4, 1917.

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Census records and city directories show that Robert G. Rasquin made a living as a lithographer for most of his working life, from at least 1880 at about age 24 to about age 59 in 1915. The last city directory for him (1916) lists him as a secretary working for the printing and lithography firm Lutz & Sheinkman in NYC. For this approximate thirty-five year span, not many cards have surfaced. Besides the one we have, there is a whole Lollipop Series, with cute sayings and artwork of faces on lollipops. All the other postcards found online for him at this time, show the same design on the reverse. Below is the nice header portion. Note the thought that went into the design – how two subtle little waves, dipping below and jutting above, are fashioned into both of the far curving lines, reminding one of ironwork.

R G Rasquin header

A not all-inclusive timeline:

1879 – Living at 188 Dean, Brooklyn. With brother Henry whose occupation is Lawyer.

1880 Federal Census for Brooklyn. Single. Living with brother Henry and Henry’s wife, daughter and in-laws.

Married Charlotte Read (possibly Reed) on December 28, 1881 in Kings County, NY.

1887 – Brooklyn City Directory. Robert “J.” Rasquin. Lithographer. Home 120 Prospect.

1892 – NY State Census. Brooklyn. Lithographer. With wife Charlotte and children, “Rowland” R. Rasquin and Effie Josie Rasquin.

1897 Robert “J.” Rasquin. Lithographer Forman for F. L. Manufacturing Co., Chelsea, Mass. Home 76 Clark Ave.

1899 – Lithographer, home address 7 Mill, Chelsea, Massachusetts.

1900 – Federal Census for Brooklyn. Married, with wife Charlotte and Roland, age 17. and Ethel, age 13.

1915 – NY State Census. Lithographer. With wife Charlotte.

1916 – NY City Directory. Sec. (Secretary) with Lutz and Sheinkman. Home Bkn (Brooklyn).

Died January 4, 1917. Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.

Sources:  Lain & Co’s The Brooklyn City and Business Directory For the Year Ending May 1st, 1880. p. 833. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995)

Year: 1880; Census Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Roll: 841; Family History Film: 1254841; Page: 456D; Enumeration District: 019; Image: 0392.
( New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937

Lain’s Brooklyn Directory For the Year Ending May 1st, 1887. p. 938. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995)

New York State Education Department, Office of Cultural Education. 1892 New York State Census. Albany, NY: New York State Library. (

W. A. Greenough & Co.’s The Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop Directory, 1897. p. 274. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995)

Henry M. Meek’s The Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop Directory, 1899. p. 528. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995)

Year: 1900; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 20, Kings, New York; Roll: 1057; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0312; FHL microfilm: 1241057. (

New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 27; Assembly District: 16; City: New York; County: Kings; Page: 39. (

R. L. Polk’s General Directory for New York City, Manhattan and the Bronx, 1916. p. 1347. (

New York, Kings County, Probate Records; Author: New York. Surrogate’s Court (Kings County); Probate Place: Kings, New York