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Ferrocarril Ogarrio

In 1891 the Ferrocarril de Vanegas, Cedral y Matehuala built a branch line (with switchback) from San Isidro halfway up the mountain to El Potrero, eight kilometres north of the magical town of Real de Catorce. Then, on 23 July 1897 construction began on an extension from El Potrero to Real de Catorce, tunneling through the mountain. The railway’s owner, Pedro de la Maza, named it Ferrocarril Ogarrio, in homage to his birthplace in Ogarrio, near Santander, Spain.

Among the archives that were thrown into landfill by the new owners of the American Bank Note Company was correspondence from 1911 to 1914 for notes for the Ferrocarril OgarrioABNC, 40238. These will have referred to an issue contemplated (and possible effected) during the revolution.


The Salinas of Mexico Limited

The salt springs of Salinas, about 90 kilometres northwest of the capital, were owned by the company “Salinas of Mexico (Ltd.)”, an English company with a share capital of £325,000, that had a monopoly on the production of salt.

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This note was initialed by [                      ][identification needed], as Administrador and [                      ][identification needed], as Mayordomo.



It was printed by Arnoldo Kaiser, of the Kaiser family. In 1887 Arnoldo, with his younger brother, Juan Kaiser Schwab, acquired a bookshop, “Al Libro Mayor”, in San Luis Potosí. Juan moved to Guadalajara in 1899 and founded “Al Libro de Caja,” dealing in printing, binding, office stationery and books in general. The Kaiser brothers were instrumental in introducing the picture postcard to San Luis Potosí and, probably, Guadalajara.

This company was mentioned in the British House of Commons on 19 June 1924. The Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, read out a letter dated 31 December 1923 that included “The attention of His Majesty's Government has been called to losses that have recently been inflicted upon the Tiahualilo Company in the State of Durango, and the Salinas of Mexico Limited in the State of San Luis Potosi, British enterprises that have been obliged by Federal Army officers to deliver to them horses, saddles and fodder.”Hansard, 19 June 1924.


Hacienda de San Francisco

The Hacienda de San Francisco Javier de la Parrada dated from the 16th century.

These carry the name of Valentín Soberón y Castro. In 1895 Valentín Soberón y Castro joined others in a company, domiciled in San Luis Potosí, to exploit a mine in Veragrande, Zacatecas.

San Francisco 5c

San Francisco 5c reverse

San Francisco 10c

San Francisco 10c reverse

San Luis Potosí

Baños de San José

Banos de San Jose

The Baños de San José are located in the calle de Ignacio López Rayón, 623 in the city’s historic centre. They were founded after the Independence of Mexico with the name of Baños de las Animas; in 1830 they were enlarged and renamed the Banos de Quiñones; finally, in 1878 they were bought by Carlos Suárez Fiallo who restored them, and in 1881 they took the name of Baños de San José. In Fiallo’s restoration they acquired certain neo-Arabic characteristics on the façade of the courtyard interior and a water tower that alludes to a minaret.

Banos 50c

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Billares de Gambrinus


Gambrinus in the Plaza Principal and  run by Jésus Ortiz was supposedly the finest cantina in the city. Its pool parlour issued the following note.

Gambrinus 20c

Gambrinus 20c reverse

La Dulcería Americana

Dulceria Americana

This was pastry shop located at 1a de Zaragoza 2 and run by Carlos Brueggerhoff. Carlos Brueggerhoff was the Director General and manager of the Compañía Manufacturera de Galletas y Dulces, established in San Luis Potosí in 1903 by various investors and entrepreneurs and with the manager of the Banco de San Luis Potosí, Antonio Fernández Noval, on the board. The company built a factory opposite the railway station, installed machinery imported from Europe, and employed 100 people making bread, biscuits, cakes and chocolatesEl Contemporaneo, San Luis Potosí, Tomo VIII, Núm. 1523, 29 August 1903; El Contemporaneo, Tomo IX, Núm. 1703, 15 April 1904.

Dulceria 10c

Dulceria 10c reverse

Sociedad Cooperativa

Cooperativa 5c

Neveria y Salon de Refrescos

An ice cream parlour run by Stefanie Herzog

Neveria 20c

El Salto

T. Arias

A $2 blue cartón dated 28 June 1915[image needed].