Brüder Böhm Hutfabrik
Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:03 PM
In 1906 brothers Schlesinger built a factory for hat making in Nový Jičín (Neutitschein). This factory was in today’s Luzicka street. Viktor Böhm, with the help of Mr. Kolba, a citizen of Nový Jičín, established a factory across from the Schlesinger factory, where they implemented innovations/inventions in hat making machines.
The company was called Globus and the machines invented and made by Viktor Böhm were internationaly renowned. Viktor Böhm with Moric Schlesinger made an association in 1912 named Böhm & Schlesinger. They made conical šišáky (semi-finished goods) and other hats. In 1912 they also built a new factory for hat making, which was on Roseggergasse, todays Luzicka street (map).
Disputes between associates in 1916 lead to dissolution of the association and the factory went to the family Böhm. After WW-I, manufacturing continued and in 1922 the factory Brüder Böhm became independent. In the upper factory they made "šišáky" (semi-finished goods) and in lower factory they made hats *source of Böhm logo www.textil-info.cz
Before WW-II they had 1729 workers. About 2/3 of the hats went for export to USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. In 1938 the owners were trying to transfer the factory into Czech ownership, but they didn't manage to complete that and the company was put under German management. In 1941 it was sold (by whom?) to the HÜCKEL company *see Profit.czČeský article, the largest Nový Jičín hat company. In 1945 the Hückel factory was expropriated, the family fled Czechoslovakia and the factory was renamed TONAK (=tovarna na klobouky) see Prague Post article
In 1945 part of the Brüder Böhm manufacturing section was totally destroyed and that section later became a factory for fabrics, named KARNOLAČeský and later United Technologies. That company declared bankruptcy in 2003 and today - the land is/was being sold by Nový Jičín.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:34 PM
This is a gift from my friend Herbert Jennissen at Hut-Neubarth Augsburg. This is a new old stock hat and very rare. I really love the color combination and black binding and ribbon treatment. This one is very similar to my Fraenkel. The Böhm's restarted the company after WWII out of Vienna and eventually combined with Fraenkel.
Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:01 PM
Article in German about the hat factory in Ebreichsdorf, Austria. Fraenkel and BRÜDER BÖHM were produced at the factory which shut down in 1971. Interesting mention of a price war with TONAK being one of the causes.
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Correspondence regarding Dobbs use of Brüder Böhm finishing machines.
Here's another correspondence regarding the BB finishing machine and McLachlen hat bodies. Interesting technical info.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:59 PM
Size 58cm, weighs 180 grams, probably 1920s - 1930s. I believe there could be some wool content in this Melone. It also has a cord which is not typical. It appears Hut-Fabriks-Niederlage, Jean Preis is a branch office or warehouse in Wiener Neustadt.
Cord Close-up Photos
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