FRANçOIS-CHARLES OBERTHüR (1818,
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 Postes" 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
* Oberthur Technologies , a modern French company created after partitioning and regrouping of original Imprimerie Oberthur.