FRANçOIS-CHARLES OBERTHüR (1818,
Strasbourg – 1893) was the
founder of the French printing group Imprimerie Oberthur (fr). In
Strasbourg, François-Charles, an engraver , ran a printing press,
Alois Senefelder , the inventor of lithography. He moved to
Rennes in 1838, qualified as a lithographer in 1842 and then founded a
printing company, with a partner. He became the sole owner in 1855,
calling his enterprise the Imprimerie Oberthür. Chemin de Fer du
Nord imprimeries Oberthur
Imprimerie Oberthür was the exclusive printer for Compagnie des
Chemins de Fer de l\'Ouest (Western Railway Company), published the
first French telephone directory publisher and the "Almanach des
Post Office almanac . These became a huge success, bringing
cheap but very high quality art printing to many thousands of families
across France. The press also specialized in colour plates featuring
flowers, butterflies and beetles. François-
Charles Oberthür also
devised the French standard reference for tints.
He was an amateur entomologist specialising in
Lycaenidae . He had two sons
René Oberthür and
Charles Oberthür . Both became entomologists. The Oberthur house, n°
82 de la rue de Paris, is preserved in
Rennes and a "jardin anglais "
Rennes is named for him. Parc Oberthur
Oberthur Technologies , a modern French company created after
partitioning and regrouping of original Imprimerie Oberthur.
* Combert, Y. 2004
René Oberthür (1852–1944) et sa collection.
Le Coléoptériste, 7 (2):111-116.
René Oberthür and Henri Dautheney, 1905 Répertoire des Couleurs
pour aider à la détermination des couleurs des Fleurs, des
Feuillages et des Fruits. La Société Française des
Rennes Oberthür, 82 pp + 365 colour
* David, Fernand, 1925 Ministre du Commerce, de l'Industrie, des
Postes et des Telegraphes. Librarie Larousse Paris.