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  1. Continued. I am wearing a late 1930s J. Hückel ´s Söhne "Flexible" "Seal Velour" made for Huthase Dresden, Leipzig, Chemnitz. With Radek Polách Deputy Director Museum of the Nový Jičín Region and author of "Tonak 1799, 220 Years". With Tonak Majority Owner Mikael Ahlström. With Jirí Tourek CEO of Tonak. With Stanislav Kopecký Mayor of Nový Jičín. With Ondřej Syrovátka Second Deputy Mayor Nový Jičín. With František Holub contributor to the "Tonak 1799, 220 Years". Franta was wearing a fantastic 1950s Tonak "Velmia" Velour that belongs to his father. With the Holub family. Some background information on the Augustin Hückel The Return of Augustin Hückel In 1933 a bust with a commemorative plaque dedicated to Augustin Hückel was unveiled in a park in front of the factory of the Hückel family. The work of the sculptor Leopold Hückel, reminiscent of the founder of the industrial production of gargoyle in Nový Jičín, was removed in the early 1950s. Thanks to the Club of Natives and Friends of Nový Jičín, a copy of the bust was created, which will be unveiled on Friday 6 September on the occasion of the 220th anniversary of the establishment of today's TONAK company and on the eve of the City Celebration. The natives of Nový Jičín rediscovered the missing bust of a significant native 11 July 2019, 11:55, Nový Jičín , Petra Dorazilová [MEDIA=youtube]9dTi3z918ew[/MEDIA] The bust of one of the founders of the famous hat shop Augustin Hückel will return to Nový Jičín. It was removed from the park in front of the Tonak factory, which is the successor of this brand, in the 1950s. The bronze bust of one of the founders of the world hat company, Augustin Hückel, was unveiled in the park in front of the Nový Jičín factory in 1933. It disappeared during the socialist era in the 1950s. Coincidence now led to the idea of her return. There is a copy in Germany. "During last year's visit to Ludwigsburg, I discovered a model of the bust that the author's son, Leopold Hohel, provided to the compatriots archive that exists in Ludwigsburg," said Pavel Wessely, chairman of the Club of Natives and Friends of Nový Jičín. Pavel Wessely expressed the wish that we lend the model to create a new bust. It was agreed to make a 3D scan of the model and the bust can be restored in Nový Jičín, ”confirmed Ruth Junkers, manager of the expatriate archive in Ludwigsburg (Germany). The town of Nový Jičín paid the production of the copy, which cost 80 thousand crowns. The stone pedestal on which it will be placed will also be new. This memorial should be built there during the holidays. Its construction will be taken care of by the Club of Natives and Friends of the City. It should be unveiled on the occasion of the town festival, ”said Ondřej Syrovátka (SZ), 2nd Vice-Mayor of Nový Jičín. The face of the founder of the hat production will return to its original place in September, the year when the successor of the Hückel brand, today's Tonak, celebrates 220 years of its founding. https://polar.cz/zpravy/novojicinsko/novy-jicin/11000016641/novojicinsti-rodaci-chystaji-navrat-augustina-huckela
  2. Augustin Hückel Monument Unveiling Ceremony, September 6, 2019 Hans Hückel addressing the crowd. The unveiling of the Augustin Hückel sculpture bust.
  3. Legend TONAK: The oldest millinery in the world is 220 years old! Nový Jičín made an indelible history as a "city of hats". Its hatter's history was written by Prokop Hatter, mentioned in the archival sources from 1506. Later, in 1630, a separate hatter's guild came into being here. from Würtzburg, Bavaria, which first settled in Fulnek in 1638 and operated a hat shop for 160 years.In 1799 Johann Nepomuk Hückel became a hat maker in Nový Jičín and laid the foundations of the oldest factory of its kind in the world. Deed of acceptance of Johann Nepomuk Hückel into the hatter's guild. Photo: State District Archives With steam to the top Johann Nepomuk Hückel ran his trade at first at the then Courierring (today's General Hlaď Street) in house number 749. Later in 1811 his brother Augustin (1786-1848) came to the town and joined into the local hat production. Both brothers had adjacent workshops at the Lower Gate number 16 and 18, which in 1848 Augustine's son Johann (1814-1880) merged into one production complex. After the return of his sons from hat making studies abroad, in 1865 he mechanized the production of a 3 horsepower steam engine. His workshop was the first mechanized millinery in the then Austria. The contribution of new technologies to production immediately increased demand. Therefore, in 1867 it was decided to purchase land on the southern side of the city and build a modern hat factory. Soon after the construction of the new factory, Johann Hückel employed 300 workers. In 1868, the company was newly registered as a trading company J. Hückel's Sohne. At the same time the brothers Augustin (1848-1917) and Johann (1843-1917) Hückel used all possibilities and means to develop the whole enterprise a few years later, in 1874, their factory became the largest in the city, and the next year their youngest brother Karl (1850-1919) joined as a partner. and Hückel's extensive production was awarded at many world exhibitions at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Drawing by Johann Hückel at Lower Gate. Photo: State District Archive Nový Jičín View of the factory Johann Hückel's Reaches from 1895. Photo: Museum of Novojidín Tradition continues Only the First World War halted further development of the millinery production. After its end, in addition to the Viennese branch, plants were also established in Racibórz, Germany and Skočov, Poland. During the boom before the next world war, the company employed about 3,000 workers, masters and clerks. Nearly 1,000 different machines were driven by four steam boilers and a turbine with almost three wagons of coal a day. During World War II the company gradually switched to arms production. In 1941, Hückel's factory purchased the former Brüder Böhm factory from the German state. Like many other Nový Jičín families, the Hückels left for Germany and Austria at the end of the war. Subsequent nationalization and merger of all then Czechoslovak hatter's factories gave rise to the firm TONAK, a national enterprise. Today's TONAK joint stock company continues in the tradition of Nový Jičín and ranks among the oldest factories in the world with amazing 220 years of history. It exports its products to more than fifty countries around the world. This year's anniversary will commemorate not only the September festivities of the city, but also the first large publication mapping the hatter's history in our city. Radek Patách, Museum Novojičkiska
  4. Continued. Tonak Showroom. Tonak with Hückel group members. Mikael Ahlström majority owner of Tonak. Hans Hückel Hückel Villas that across from the Tonak / JHS factory complex. Johann Hückel´s Söhne Factory now Tonak Factory.
  5. Continued. Hat forming. Specialty Finishing Dressing Department They were working on Fez from the African market. Some had very nice Velour finishes and fancy embroidery work.
  6. Tonak Factory, September 6, 2019 This was my second visit to the Tonak factory. I toured the factory back in May of 2011. Unfortunately this time we didn't tour the Fur processing (Cutting, Pickling, Blowing) section possibly due to time constraints. I met Hans Hückel who was born in Nový Jičín / Neutitschein and after WWII ended up in Montreal in 1950 where he still resides. Hans told me he visited my website but didn't think he would ever meet me so that was a great surprise. We are keeping in touch by email so hopefully I will get to meet him again. I also met the majority owner of Tonak Mikael Ahlström of Sweden and owner Michael Tělecký from the Czech Republic along with other Tonak board members. Again I was surprised to learn that they have also visited my website. After the visit I received I very nice email from Mr. Ahlström which was very kind of him. I would like to thank everyone at Tonak for being such fantastic hosts. I would also like give major thanks to Radek Polách Deputy Director Museum of the Nový Jičín who is the author of the Tonak 220 book and organized such a great event. One very interesting fact I learned is that Tonak are importing Wild Hare (for Velour) from Argentina. (The photos were taken by novojicinsky.denik.cz.) Tonak factory employee entrance. Original Johann Hückel´s Söhne factory building dating back to 1868. Hückel Group arrival. Felt and Hat Production building. Felt and Hat Production building. Felt Production Felt Dying Capeline Forming
  7. I received the following gifts from Tonak when I visited the factory for the Tonak / JHS 220 Years celebration (September 6, 2019). Tonak 1799 Bag with photo of J. Hückel ´s Söhne Employees from early 1900s. (Clicking on photos might enlarge.) Tonak 220 Years Miniature Fur Felt Hat. Tonak Hat Pin. Tonak Miniature Hat Brush with Bag.
  8. I received the following gifts from Tonak when I visited the factory for the Tonak / JHS 220 Years celebration (September 6, 2019). Tonak 1799 Bag with photo of J. Hückel ´s Söhne Employees from early 1900s. (Clicking on photos might enlarge.) Tonak 220 Years Miniature Fur Felt Hat. Tonak Hat Pin. Tonak Miniature Hat Brush with Bag.
  9. Resolut, 58cm, possibly mid 1950s. Found by Stefan on the FL and sold to Steve1857 on the FL.
  10. Brüder Böhm, 1931 Pocket Calendars, 9.5 cm X 7 cm, top in German and bottom in Czech. I actually received the Czech one as gift during my recent visit to Novy Jicin and I purchased the German one prior to leaving on the trip (arrived by mail during my absense) so an amazing coincidence.
  11. C. G. Wilke Hutfabrik, Guben N.-L., 1822 - 100 - 1922, 41 cm x 21.5 cm, for 100 Year Anniversary. (Click On Images For Full Size)
  12. My friend that is the senior portrait engraver at the U.S. BPG printed these on an Intaglio press (the stamp was for Letter press) yesterday so really nice. They are for the JHS Tonak 220 Year Anniversary celebration September 6th and 7th in Novy Jicin, Czech Republic. I will be flying out this evening. If you click on the photo it might enlarge. Here is the stamp we used which is early 1900s prior to WWI.
  13. J. Hückel ´s Söhne "Jota" "Seal Velour", 53cm, probably late 1930s. This hat belongs to Mike on the FL.
  14. Brüder Böhm, E.W. & Co. Prague possibly 1930s. This Wool Stiff Felt belongs to Robert on the FL. Some how I missed this hat or forgot to post it at the time. I need to look into E.W. & Co. Prague. It could be the company name used by Brüder Böhm Prague.
  15. J. Hückel ´s Söhne "Alpha" "Seal Velour", French Point Size 5, Brim 2 1/4 inches, Crown Open 6 inches possibly mid 1930s. The gray "Alpha" "Seal Velour" is fantastic and easily dry creases. Really like the contrasting blue Zig-Zag stitching on the silk liner. Looks much better in natural light. Open Crown Natural Light
  16. J. Hückel´s Söhne "Sigma" "Seal Velour", French Point 5, possibly mid 1950s. This fantastic hat belongs to Matt on the FL.
  17. J. Hückel´s Söhne, Display Cards, 10 cm x 4 cm, possibly mid to later 1920s.
  18. J. Hückel´s Söhne, Metal Hat Plates, 7 cm x 2 cm, possibly 1920s.
  19. J. Hückel´s Söhne, Celluloid Hat Plates, 10 cm x 3.5 cm, possibly 1920s.
  20. Fraenkel Wien, Celluloid Hat Tag, possibly 1920s. This is the only one from S. J. Fraenkel Wien.
  21. Dermotta Wien, Celluloid Hat Tags, possibly 1920s. Dermotta Wien, Paper Hat Tags, possibly 1920s.
  22. Dermotta Wien, Velvet Display Stands, 10 cm x 6.5 cm, possibly 1920s.
  23. Heinrich Balke Hat & Cap Factory, Bremen, July 17, 1955 Certificate Hereby I confirm that Miss Hildegard on 2. 5. 1934, living in Bremen, Große Johannisstr. 84 was employed in my company as a commercial clerk. Henrich Balke
  24. Anton Peschel Neutitschein, Metal Hat Tags, 7 cm x 3 cm, possibly 1920s.
  25. Hückel Weilheim "Chevreau", 57 cm possibly late 1950s. This hat belongs to Steve on the FL.
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