George Buzza founded the Buzza Company in 1907. The company started out by selling college advertising posters and posters for retail clothing stores. When the market for these disappeared, he decided to manufacture greeting cards. After a slow start the company turned a corner in 1917 when sales hit $75,000. By 1927 sales reached $2.5 million. In 1928 it merged with the Charles S. Clark Company of New York City. In 1929 Buzza sold his interest in the company and retired to California. The Buzza Company continued in business until 1942 when its stockholders decided to liquidate it because of large business losses.
Description of Collection
Collection includes seven gift books, booklets (Greetings--Easter 1924; February 1928; February 1931), Christmas greeting brochures to dealers (1924 and 1941), office correspondence (January 1932-September 1942), financial statements for 1925, 1932, 1935, 1939, 1941, and 1943 to October 18, seven Christmas cards (1925-1930), biographical clippings on George Buzza, clippings on the company from 1921-1942, and a history of the company circa 1927.
Included in separate areas are photos, both catalogued and uncatalogued; nine blueprints in Map Case 2, Drawer 4; the house organ
Bee-Hive in SCMC periodicals; a clipping file on the Buzza building filed in VF and catalogued books
First 100 Years (a book about Craftacres) (338.8 S11) and the 1927 book
Art of Entertaining, (793.0 W16.)There is also a work of fiction,
Fox Patrol in the Open by C.L. Gilman and published by Buzza Company in the Minneapolis Collection.
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