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  1. 3. Testing Room The final part of the exhibition will excite all hat lovers. A variety of hats, caps and accessories will be available in the rehearsal room to test and choose the most appropriate model. You can find out that a hat can be found on every head in a digital testing room. You can then send your photo with a hat via e-mail to your friends as a greeting. https://www.mestoklobouku.cz/cs/expozice-klobouku.html?probehleAkce=true2121121121212.1 Current Tonak a. s. Men's Soft Felt Hat that I selected. The End.
  2. Hat Factories of Neutitschein / Nový Jičín. Today only J. Hückel´s Söhne remains as Tonak. The last original major factory complex in the world producing Hat Felt from skin / pelt to finished Soft Felt Hat. Brüder Böhm Factories from 1937 promotional calendar. Anton Peschel Factory early 1900s. J. Hückel´s Söhne Factory 1868 (These original buildings are still in use today.) J. Hückel´s Söhne pre 1900 International Exhibition Awards. Present day view of Tonak a .s. Factory. Felt Cards and Czech Hat Industry periodicals from pre 1940. 2. Studio (Workshop) The second part of the exhibition is devoted to the hats. On functional machines you will be shown creeping headgear and pressing mini-caps. Both adults and children can experience their own creativity and artistic talent. There will be a package with a reduced semi-finished product and decoration, from which you can make your own original souvenir. There is a children's play corner for the youngest visitors. Above is my friend Mirka Janyška. Her husband Peter is a decedent of the Janyška family, former owners of Janyška Hat Factory. Mirka makes small scale hats to show the steps in hat making to children. All the machines were scaled down to make small scale hats. Above is Hat Makers from Tonak that also shows the steps of hat making. Above is a room where children learn about Felt Making and Hat Making. Continued.
  3. Video Kiosks for "Preparing The Fur", "Mixing And Cleaning Fur", "Combing", "Work On The Fulling Board", "Dyeing", "Machine Shaping", "Surface Treatment" at TONAK factory. Video presentation of Hat History of Neutitschein / Nový Jičín. Major Hat Factories J. Hückel´s Söhne (now Tonak a.s.), Anton Peschel and Brüder Böhm. Continued.
  4. Nový Jičín Vistor's Center "Exposition on Hats" The exhibition is divided into three parts: 1. Technology of the Production Process - From Rabbit to Hat 2. Studio (Workshop) 3. Testing Room The following photos are from my September 7, 2019 visit to Nový Jičín Vistor's Center "Exposition on Hats" and Tonak 220 Year Celebration. I would try clicking on photos to expand. 1. Technology of the production process - From Rabbit To Hat In the first part of the exhibition you will gradually learn about the technological process of hat production. You will see and experience the transformation of the material at certain stages of processing. Authentic video demonstrations from individual factory production sections will draw you into a remarkable production process. You will also find important milestones and events connected with the tradition of hat making in the Nový Jičín area. In addition to the historical panel, you will get additional information from the world of hats in the projection corner, where you can start a film screening of your choice. Among other things, it offers a series of fairy tales for our youngest visitors. The exposition is complemented by exhibits of production machines. WOODEN FORMS FOR SHAPING THE HATS on sand presses Rabbit and Hare Skins. Continued.
  5. Halban & Damask Velour, 58 cm possibly 1920s. This is the first soft felt Halban & Damask Wien soft felt I have encountered and it was an export to Norway. This rare find was made back in 2012 by FL member Qirrel (see above). I would like to thank Garrett for letting me know that it had come up for auction on Ebay. Open Crown Natural Light
  6. J. Hückel´s Söhne "Elastic", measures 58cm, possibly later 1920s early 1930s. The sweatband bow was missing so I installed a new one. I couldn't find a paper label. Possible modifications were made because there was a felt strip applied to the back side of the felt at the front edge level (most likely) for cushioning.
  7. STECO "Echt Velour" Quality "Velour Seal" Form "Saale" Color "Grafit", 55 cm possibly later 1930s. Raw edge brim at 5,5cm and the crown 10cm at the center dent.. Sweatband printing says EMA "Schutz Marke" (top) and "Gut zieht an!". This hat belongs to Stefan on FL. Interesting find by Matt on the FL. "The "EMA" imprint on the sweatband is from "Emil Mandel - Großhuthandlung Dresden."
  8. STECO "Hora Velour" Form "Münster" velour in grey. Size 57 with the raw edge brim at 5cm and the crown at 10,5cm at the center dent. Never heard of the brand before, but the felt is great and aside from some staining on the liner the hat is in excellent condition. Judging by the sweatband my thought is pre-war. German made, because it has a German label. Colour is called "eis" (ice). This hat belongs to Stefan on FL.
  9. STECO Echt Velour "Quality Velour Seal", 57cm, probably mid to late 1930s. Confirmed this har was made by Friedrich Steinberg Hermann & Co. (STECO) Hat Factory Luckenwalde (East Germany) so they might be the source. The "Quality Velour Seal" felt color is a fantastic + unique Tobacco (Tabak) color with a great finish and hand. Also a interesting bow design and two tone liner.
  10. Overbeck Nürnberg "Sonett", 57 cm, possibly late 1950s. This hat might have been made by Mayser. Couldn't find anything on the Overbeck Nürnberg brand. This hats belongs to Stefan on the FL.
  11. Mayser "Spezial", 58 cm possibly late 1950s. As usually great felt, form and workmanship. Really like the bow and brim work. Also near mint condition. Natural Light
  12. Janyška "Gazela", 55 cm possibly late 1930s into 1940s. This hat belongs to Stefan on the FL.
  13. Mayser, 58 cm, date stamped December 19, 1961, no paper label. This hat belongs to Stefan on the FL.
  14. C.G. Wilke "Bürstel Electra", 57cm, Open Crown 6 inches, Brim 2 1/4 inches probably later 1930s. This hat belongs to Stefan on the FL.
  15. J. Hückel´s Söhne "Prima" (Paper label has "A V" so possibly Alpha Velour), French Point 4 1/2, possibly 1930s late 1920s. This fantastic Velour belongs to Steve on the FL.
  16. Mayser "Superbe", 58 cm, date stamped 1956. Found by Daniele and now belongs to Randy on the FL. Date stamped February 4, 1956 DF
  17. "Wiener Mode (Viennese Fashion)", measures 58 cm, Crown Open 6 inches, Brim 2 inches, Back Bow, possibly 1930s. This one has has some major insect damage and wear issues but still interesting. There isn't a paper label and I can only make out "Wiener Mode (Viennese Fashion) on the liner. The Velour has a longer nap but not quite Soleil. The Velour has a vibrant color with high gloss and easily dry creases. "Wiener Mode" is barely visible at the bottom. Open Crown Natural Light
  18. J. Hückel´s Söhne "Prima" (Paper label has "A V" so possibly Alpha Velour), French Point 5, possibly 1930s late 1920s. This fantastic Velour belongs to Daniele on the FL. The velour is magnificent, thick and very well preserved, and the hat has an unimaginable lightness.
  19. Hückel Weilheim "Exclusiv", 56 cm, possible latere 1950s. This hat belongs to Stefan on the FL.
  20. Wegener "Start", 58 cm, possibly late 1920s early 1930s. Over Welt Curled Brim with Back Bow. There might be some wool in the felt mix. A mix of colors with rougher clip but a very soft hand. There is some wear but still in very good condition with all original components including the crown patch. I only have two other old Wegener Soft Felts so a rare find. The paper label is similar to this Wegener "Elasticon" Stiff Felt that belongs to Robert (RLK). Could be in Zoll vs. Inches. Natural Light
  21. J. Hückel´s Söhne "Flexible", French Point 6 3/4 (60.5 cm), 158 grams, probably 1930s.
  22. Wegener "Seal", 57 cm possibly mid to later 1950s. The felt color and Chamois finish are fantastic. Also like the ribbon width and bow design. Wegener liked to use names of German towns for their colors, in this case "Fritzlar". Natural Light
  23. J. Hückel´s Söhne "Plume", 56 cm, 136 grams, possibly late 1930s. Great felt finish and the condition is excellent.
  24. Hückel Weiheim "Chamois, 57 cm, possibly late 1950s. The fawn colored felt is lighter weight and easily dry creases. I believe this is the first one I have come across with a thin ribbon and also a wind cord. There are many examples of these HW hats with color coordinated small feathers that I am fairly certain they were installed at the factory. Open Crown Natural Light
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