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Lens on History: Henry Postier means Buick

His name was synonymous with the auto brand in Rochester for more than half a century.

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Postier & Egger Pontiac-Buick at 419 First Ave. SW in 1949. (HCOC Research Center and Archive)

When the accompanying photo was taken in 1949, Henry Postier was celebrating 37 years in the automobile business, 33 of those selling Buicks.

Henry was a clerk for Gamble Robinson Fruit Co. in 1912 when he quit his job and partnered with Carl West at West’s Garage on South Main Street selling Kissel Kar and Brush automobiles.

Henry Kitzman moved his Buick agency from Hammond to Rochester in 1916, joining West and Postier on Rochester’s Automobile Row. That began a lifelong association with Buick for Henry Postier.

When the firm of Kitzman, West and Postier expanded in 1927, a new dealership was built at 419 First Ave. SW. Kitzman and West eventually left the business and were replaced by Harrell Eggers in 1937. Through all the business upheaval there would be one constant for Henry Postier: Buick.

For the next 53 years, Postier & Eggers would be synonymous with Buick in Rochester.

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“Lens on History” is a weekly photo feature by Lee Hilgendorf, a volunteer at the History Center of Olmsted County.

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The former site of the Postier & Eggers dealership today. (Lee Hilgendorf)

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