American Gold Label
& Printing Company
American Gold Label & Printing Company was founding in 1894 by Edgar Walsh. In the 1950s Mr. Walsh passed away and his wife Elsie Walsh took over the business. Women owned businesses were not officially tracked separately in the census until 1972. Elise owning American Gold Label was likely a rarity at that time in our country’s history. Elsie Walsh later remarried and became Elsie Fable. In 1981 Elise passed away and her nephew, Paul Nelson, took over the business and is still the current owner.
The initial “bread and butter” of the company was manufacturing advertising labels for bottles, and the original company name was American Gold Label. The company eventually diversified to include the production of ribbons, buttons and other letterpress printing items. The company has always been a small, family owned business. In the height of operations, during the 1940s and 1950s (pictured above) the company had approximately 40 employees. Today, the company remains in the family and is owned and operated by Paul Nelson with a heavy amount of support from his wife Sheila. Current products and services are detailed under PRODUCTS.
The original location of American Gold Label & Printing Company was in a large warehouse on 18th Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. In the 1980s the company was moved to High Ridge, Missouri where it is currently located. Current location and contact information is provided under CONTACT.