Sallo Epstein & Co.

Sallo Epstein & Co



In October 1892, a Dutchman named Mozes Booleman emigrated to South Africa. On the voyage he met Sallo Epstein and, through their mutual interest in philately, became friends.

In 1893 Booleman set up a business dealing in fancy goods and stamps. By 1896 he was only selling stamps in Johannesburg from a location called Philately House under the name Booleman & Co. During late 1896 the firm went into liquidation. Booleman returned to the Netherlands and set up a successful stamp auction.

Around 1902, Epstein took over the business at Philately House in Johannesburg. During the Boer War, he expanded the business to a branch in Durban trading as Sallo Epstein & Co. The business became the largest publisher of view-cards and types of South Africa and Transvaal, producing over 2,000 postcards in black & white collotype, some with hand coloring.

While many of his cards captured everyday scenes, a small number of cards depicted animals, remembrances of the Boer War, and the funeral of President Paul Kruger in 1904.

Many thanks to The Postcard Album for assisting in the identification of German postcard printers


Numbered on Back
Numbered on Front


  • Julian Schamroth
  • Andrew Wilkie
  • Richard Barnett
  • Keith Harrop
  • Walter Herdzik
  • Peter Maslanka
  • Sean Burke
  • John Shawley
  • Peter Maslanka