Lewis I. Cohen (1832-1860)
Lewis I. Cohen made his first deck of cards in 1832. In 1835 Mr Cohen invented a new machine to print four colours on a sheet at once, which was to revolutionise the entire playing card industry. This innovation soon led to his dominance in the market. In 1838 he moved to 118 William Street and in 1844 purchased a large building at 184-190 William St., to house his newly expanded plant. At the same time he relocated his store to 134 William St. Meanwhile Lewis Cohen gave control of his firm to his son Solomon L. Cohen and his nephew John M. Lawrence. On Lewis Cohen's death in 1860 the company changed to Lawrence, Cohen & Co. and in 1864 to Lawrence & Cohen.
Lawrence, Cohen & Co. (1860-1864)
On Lewis Cohen's death in 1860 the company was managed by his son Solomon L. Cohen and his nephew John M. Lawrence, and the name changed to Lawrence, Cohen & Co. In 1864 the company name changed yet again to Lawrence & Cohen. The cards shown below are from this brief period.
Lawrence, Cohen & Co. became Lawrence & Cohen in 1864.