Adolfo Hohenstein (St. Petersburg: 18 March 1854 – Bonn: 12 Apr 1928) was born in Russia of a German family. After he settled in Milan he was a set designer at La Scala before being engaged by the Ricordi Publishing Company in 1889 as a poster and frontispiece designer. His Edgar opera poster was his first known work in that capacity. Opera was a national past time in Italy and Ricordi published hundreds of opera-themed postcards that the public collected and mailed with fervor. The best of the opera-related postcards were from the designs of Mataloni, Hohenstein and Metlicovitz. The La Bohème set, attributed to Hohenstein, no doubt coincided with the premiere of Puccini's piece. The earliest postmark date on the postcards on this page is October of 1897. These cards are highly collectible and should command a high price. Hohenstein was also responsible for the macabre deathbed sketches of Verdi drawn at various hours of his decline.
Sometimes the postcard backs were used for advertisements.