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#21 habigman

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 04:26 PM

Rockel Velour, size 57, gray, probably late 1930s / 1940s. This one belongs to Fastuni on the FL.
 
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#22 habigman

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 01:54 PM

Rockel Prima Haarhut, size 57cm, gray. This one belongs to Fastuni on the FL.
 
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#23 habigman

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Posted 02 August 2015 - 01:03 PM

Rockel, probably late 1950s. This one belongs to Manfred.

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 04:17 PM

Rockel "Echter Velour", size 59cm, 1950s. Very nice finish and really like the ribbon width and bow design. Thanks to Manfred for this one!

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#25 habigman

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 06:01 PM

Rockel, probably 1970s. Belongs to Paddy on the FL.

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:23 PM

Rockel"Echter Velour", Size 56 cm. This one belongs to Fastuni on FL.

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#27 habigman

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 05:32 AM

Rockel "25 Years" from the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg , Germany hat collection. Rockel Alsfeld was unusual because they were a post WWI hat company. They were able to produce high quality Velour hats (and other hats) at a lower price which made them popular. Also discovered they had their own fur cutting and felt production. This 25th anniversary booklet is especially interesting because it's post WWII. Mentions the lack of hat machine parts post WWII because all the hat machine makers were in the East of Germany (Guben was a main hub). I don't believe any of these German hat machine companies located in East Germany survived WWII. Also looks disparagingly at the hat-less movement.

The Google translation is rough but it's very much worth taking a look at.

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A business one drives from without; but work is only where it is active for communication of reason from within.
-Paracelus

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THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

has all the features of the unusual. Two world wars, political upheavals greatest extent and bold foray, the human mind in previously barely glimpsed areas have changed the face of the world decisively. Mankind has entered the atomic age; immense forces her into the hand, and while they often endeavor despairing of greatness that lie ahead of her task is to overcome the terrible consequences of the last war, the issue is still not decided whether these forces for the destruction should find and destroy or to build and advance application, a curse or a blessing of all.

1925

Exactly in the middle of the first half of the century falls the foundation of the company. Mr. Rockel started his own business after his professional training with 24 years and founded on April 15, 1925 the company ROCKEL & CO. as a limited partnership.

Personally entertaining shareholders who Mr. Henry Rockel, limited partner Mr Albert Stein, who, however, already retired five years later from the company. As founding Alsfeld was chosen because here accidentally factory rooms, if, were also modestly available. It was started with five workers and increased the number of employees in the first year on 30th were made initially only hair stumps that were sold as semi-finished to the processing ladies hat industry. Particular difficulties lay in this, that, in Alsfeld not learned skilled workers were available, Mr. Rockel therefore each was obliged to teach in person.

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Personally entertaining shareholders who Mr. Henry Rockel, limited partner Mr Albert Stein, who, however, already retired five years later from the company. As founding Alsfeld was chosen because here accidentally factory rooms, if, were also modestly available. It was started with five workers and increased the number of employees in the first year on 30th were made initially only hair stumps that were sold as semi-finished to the processing ladies hat industry. Particular difficulties lay in this, that, in Alsfeld not learned skilled workers were available, Mr. Rockel therefore each was obliged to teach in person.

At the time of establishing strong competition prevailed, and who exceptionally hard to enforce for the company over the grofssen holdings of old hat industry. Nevertheless, the manufacturing space soon proved too small from. In 1929, therefore, the company moved to its current plant site.

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IN 1931 WAS THE MEN HAT - PRODUCTION added. In the following period, the company brought out a felt hat of special quality and iron had not yet been unknown price, which made its name on the hat gentlemen sector.

A branch operation in Frischborn, Krs. Lauterbach, was built in 1935 to there Tailoring perform the hair on their own. In the course of the year so that was the coarsest percentage needed in the hat factory hat substance manufactured Tailoring in your own hair. The achieved control of the precursor, which is essential for the breakdown of the qualities that a further important step in the direction of the company to its present importance.

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IN THE WAR YEARS was obliged fabrication of Füfslingen (Fur Felt Socks) and Fur Felt Gloves are included for the Wehrmacht. a hair was out Füfslingen (Fur Felt Socks)then through lengthy trials felt slipper developed which is particularly warm because of the high qualities of rabbit hair and on addition stylish and appealing could be designed.

POST-WAR YEARS
Demand for hat-manufactures was very great due to the failure of the supply from the East, the fabrication hand connected in the postwar period due to the absence of many products met considerable difficulties. In particular, the lack of spare parts supplies made äufserst unpleasantly. Since the hat machines factories without exception are in the east, was obliged to be a move to produce spare parts in the widest sense of self. To satisfy the strong demand in some measure, to know how the manufacturing premises were expanded considerably in recent years. The number of Fanned machines - decisive for the capacity of a hat factory - is the anniversary year seven. are currently employs more than 500 staff and workers.



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 05:32 AM

Continued.

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EXPORT
The hat made in the company brands found before the war abroad have strong appeal. Importing countries were substantially Holland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The torn by war threads are war torn threads are tied up for the time since. So the export business with Holland has been initiated again. Other countries will follow.

Within this small, internal correspondence some BASIC REMARKS ABOUT THE HAT are allowed. Unerlaefslicher part of the well-dressed gentleman, he already enjoyed in ancient times especially attentive and loving attention. Pictures of old masters thus represent the man almost exclusively with hat represents the personality and weight Reprasentation confer and also the totality of man Stressing for the hat like no other garment icon was.

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The consciousness of this wholeness is gone today more or less lost us. Thus we see the disintegration of social ties and the associated dissolution of individuality in an existing as mere fiction "wholeness mass", the image of punishment if not dominate the hatless man as the visible expression of this phenomenon, but also change. Do we us right. people with rolled shirtsleeves there will always be. Those often sympathetic figures with wade avert convention and tradition are not interested here. the hatless gentleman in elegant double-breasted but is spiritually a torso, which is not up in the sense of dignity that is consciousness penetrated, at least but missed two lafst. Suave unit and with nuance unit of a neat, comprehensive the whole human lifestyle we speak pro domo we do not think an example will suffice:., imagine in addition to a clean, elegant and cultured woman - before a man without a hat - a lady in the original meaning of the word. Carelessness? Tactlessness? It is that sense of the wholeness of man to restore. Then the hat will be back more than mere headgear, namely expression increased vitality.

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In April 1950,

To our esteemed business friends!

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of our company we allow us inside to present a paper on the history of our company. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the confidence shown us in recent years. It will be our endeavor to justify this confidence in the future.

Yours
ROCKEL & CO.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:23 PM

Rockel, probably 1970 or later. This one is Flea Market find by Manfred.

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 10:37 PM

Echt Rockel "Echt Velour", 57cm probably late 1930s or 1940s. This fantastic Velour belongs to Stefan (Steur) on the FL.

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 09:55 PM

Rockel (Alsfeld), 58cm, Open Crown 5 inches, Brim 2 3/4 inches, probably late 1950s. The hat was machine formed but I was easily able to change the crease. The charcoal colored felt has an interesting finish which is coarser clipped finish so not a Velour. Also has a very nice thin ribbon bow design that is still basted. The only Rockel identifier is on the crown patch and there is only the store name on the sweatband. The paper label has the older Rockel format and look but without the company identifier (R. & Co. A.).

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Basting stitches still on bow and thin ribbon.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:57 PM

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