60 OISE. PARIS. Cert. Nom. de Parts. green, black. No 3. Hole-cancellations in the borders. Central fold and a minor edge-split. In 1850 Charles Gervais followed the advice of a woman farmer to add cream to the milk before it starts to coagulate. The "Petit Gervais" was born. He soon expanded with many otherproducts based on fresh cheese. From 1897 the railways also allowed him to export fresh products to Belgium. Gervais turned his business into a joint-stock company in 1911, and thrived well until the First World War put a temporary end to its success. After the War Gervais had three factories, two in Seine-InfÃ©rieure and one in Oise. In 1919 he took over a milk factory in Jauche, Belgium and in 1925 the first Petit Suisse and CarrÃ© were produced. From 1928, mass production was enabled by means of coagulation ferments. During the 1950s and 1960s the company grew at all levels. Subsidiaries were created everywhere in Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. In 1967, Gervais finally merged with Danone. Issued to a Charles Gervais (but not the founder as he was long death) as holder of 250 shares. Also facs. signed by a member of the Gervais family as administrateur. A most interesting part of the French food history.
Date: 2 January 1927
Startprice: € 200