Ads, such as this from a 1902 NALC publication The Postal Record show that Fechheimer Brothers Company was a well established name in city letter carrier circles. The difference, of course, between city and rural carriers is that the rural carriers were not required to wear uniforms. This fact made that new market tricky for uniform manufacturers to capture.
Fechheimer Brothers Company originated with Marcus Fechheimer and his brother Abram. The family, originally from Bavaria found its way to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1839. In 1841 Abram partnered with Louis Goldschmidt in a clothing company. Abram was joined by his brother Marcus. By 1855 the pair had parted ways with Goldschmidt, listing themselves as “A. Fechheimer & Brother, Wholesale Clothiers.” Marcus became the main force behind the company, although he did look outside the company for a partner, Benedict Frenkel. From 1868-1883 the company was known as “Fechheimer, Frenkel & Company.” In 1883 Frenkel and Fechheimer parted ways and the firm Fechheimer Brothers & Company was born.