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F. Weber Co.
Philadelphia, PA
1853 - Current

Aliases

 

Scholz & Company (1853 - 1887)

F. Weber & Co. (1887 - 1919)

F. Weber Co. Inc (1919 - 1980)

Martin F. Weber Co. (1980 - Current)

 

Locations

 

Philadelphia, PA

 

History

 

Originating in 1853 as Scholz & Company, a sales agency, the company evolved through a series of growth partnerships to become F. Weber & Company in 1887 under the leadership of its owner, Frederick Weber. Throughout the late 19th century they imported and manufactured products in the art supply world.

 

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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries—the golden years of the prestigious World Fair—F. Weber & Co. frequently won gold medals for its fine quality products. Exhibitions included: 1873 Vienna; 1876 Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia; 1893 Columbian Exposition, Chicago; 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis; 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco; and 1926 Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia.

 

The disruption of commerce during World War I caused American artists to seek more domestic art materials, thereby introducing a need and opportunity for F. Weber & Co. to expand its manufacturing capabilities and distribution facilities. By the early 1920s, F. Weber & Co. also had three retail stores with locations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and St. Louis.

 

After the death of Frederick Weber Sr. in 1919, his sons Frederick (Fred Jr.) and Ernest incorporated the company and renamed it F. Weber Co., Inc. Fred, along with other significant responsibilities in the organization, became Technical Director and continued to serve in this role until his retirement in 1967.

 

After the death of Ernest Weber, F. Weber Co., Inc. was purchased by Visual Art Industries of Brooklyn, NY who went on to create the first of many signature art sets beginning with the original television artist, Jon Gnagy. Since acquiring the company in 1980, Dennis Kapp has continued to honor the tradition of the Weber family by delivering an ever-widening range of innovative art materials. Renamed Martin/F.Weber Co., we provide quality materials for all skill levels as well as signature artists’ products from such well-known contemporary television artist instructors as Bob Ross, Susan Scheewe, Wyland and Bruce Blitz.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

School Art Aqua Pastel

FW0001

Tin

8

8

Green/Black

School Art Logo

Unknown

8

$5

School Art Pressed

FW0002

HT

8

8

Yellow

Black/Yellow, sqaurish

Unknown

8

$3

 

Photos

 

 

School Art Aqua Pastel - 8 colors.jpg

 

 

School Art - 8 colors.jpg

FW0001

FW0002