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  1. Found a new history of Lunzenauer Mützenfabrik. Google Translation The development of the hat factory in Lunzenau by Horst Hahn * In 1918, the brothers founded Bruno Kern (24) and Artur Kern ( 23) Lunzenau the company Ernst Kern with the aim of production of men's and Boy hats. In addition, still part of both mother, Mrs. Emma nucleus to the Founding members. * Gave in honor of the late already in 1917, father and husband them to the operating its name " Ernst Kern " . Ernst Kern was a furrier and Capper champion and had a business for fur hats and Fur clothing at the beginning of Altenburgerstrasse opposite the paper mill. In the company's newly founded Artur Kern was trained as a furrier and Capper for the production and Bruno Kern , the profession of a saddler and upholsterer had learned , in charge of the sale. In the first period were in the parental home and commercial building Altenburgerstrasse in individually handmade sewn headwear made ​​. In the Production helped the Sisters of the founder , Else Kern and meta nucleus with . Moreover, even a hat seamstress was busy. * Since, as always after recovering from a war , a great need for all Goods was for the people , the company could expand rapidly and the owners had to start looking for a suitable property . the Premises in the Altenburgerstrasse had become too tight . they found in the Altenburger Strasse 52 a suitable expandable lot. there There were two houses , including the corner Altenburgerstrasse / Hofeweg (today Erich -Weinert -Strasse ) . The older inhabitants Lunzenau are still present there to the small food business and the Restaurant "Zur Linde" remember. This restaurant there until the middle of the 50s of the last century. Tenant was Willy Zeißler . on the Land , there was also a former gym and another Residential buildings. * The owner of the hat factory could acquire the land relatively cheap, the gym was expanded and expanded and developed it mehrgeschossig favorable conditions to establish a factory-style hat production. Through the money expiration during the ruling in Germany until 1923 Inflation has been the purchase price enormously favorable. * By the year 1927, the company was founded by Messrs. Bruno and Artur Kern out together . Due to inconsistencies difference Bruno Kern of the company. Artur Kern found him by paying his Business share from and leading the company further as a sole proprietorship . Emma Kern remained until her death early 50s as Stiller participants in part of the company . After her death, Meta took over this Kern Shares . * Bruno Kern bought a plant site in the Altenburgerstrasse 72 there had a Lunzenau cigar makers built a factory and was in Result of inflation gone bankrupt . Under the company name Bruno Kern he founded an own hat factory. This company existed until the Expropriation in 1972. * The company Ernst Kern developed despite the economic crisis and recession End of the 20 's of the 20th Century always on. A need for inexpensive head coverings was uninterrupted during this time. If you look at old photos , newspapers, or films from this period look we see that there is hardly a man without a hat . This of course was good for the manufacturers of these garments . The Ernst Kern had in the Industry made ​​a name by their good products. * After the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a systematic uniformity of the German population operated . There was a large number of uniformed groups (SA , HJ, NSKK ) and so on. to any uniform also includes a uniform cap , thereby could the operating constantly expanding . * In 1935 was on the property at the former Hofeweg an office and warehouse buildings erected. This building was the Production buildings connected by a covered walkway , the Finished products were by a continuously running conveyor belt from the Production are transported directly to the camp. These and other Improvements in the production process was the operating cost produce and thus was always competitive with its Competitors. * The number of employees increased at peak times up to 200 Workers and employees . The Ernst Kern was at that time one of the largest employer in the region Lunzenau . Every day were up to 3500 pieces Hats made ​​. This amount was up to 3,000 retail stores delivered in the former Reich. As the dispatch predominantly by post was carried out , the relatively small Lunzenau post office did not able daily to accept incurred amount of consigned boxed and stored in the receiver deliver . Therefore a Truck " Opel Blitz " with special design purchased, up to 2 times to the railway station post office went daily to Chemnitz and the goods anlieferte for immediate dispatch . This ensured that the clientele at the next or latest in the possession on the next day of goods ordered came . * With the beginning of the second World War II in 1939 it was only once with the Upswing over. The production was true to a limited extent continued , but it had worked mainly for the Wehrmacht be . * After the war in 1945, the production was slowly again. As always after a war was an enormous need for all present, but it lacked all the requirements to meet the demand . It was not long and the operation had to as part of the Reparations convert its entire production and only for the Soviet Army produce . In the years 1945 - early 1948 were great Amounts of fur hats , combat caps and uniform caps for the Red Army made . The control officers of the Red Army came to regularly unannounced inspections in the operation and stayed exactly that No products to the people were prepared. Nevertheless, it was but at this time in a modest way for private businesses worked . But it was a balancing act when the checkers behind had come , it could be quite fast as sabotage . What which would then mean for those responsible , knew one of each! * Also, this era was over once again and it ran the production of Hats for the population needs to back , * In 1958, the operation had to take a share of the state. it was the company Ernst Kern company with state participation . Artur Kern was complementary and the state was a percentage of the profits involved . With the money from the state was , among other things , the silent partnership superseded by Meta Kern. * In April 1972, the company was nationalized , or as it was then " in Public property transferred . " Artur Kern resigned from the company on grounds of age from . That was the end of Ernst Kern. It was the VEB hat factory Lunzenau . The company Bruno Kern was nationalized in April 1972 , it was the VEB Lunzenau hat factory. With effect from 1 April 1975 was this Operation connected to the VEB hat factory , which there were in Lunzenau only one operation , the caps produced . * The merger of the two cap factories were 116 Workers employed . The production further consisted of sewn headwear for men and boys . In the 80s, was also in large quantities exported to the Soviet Union. With effect from 1.1.1984 , the operation of the VEB Hutwerke Guben was attached . The legal independence of VEB hat factory Lunzenau was completed. There were only a work Lunzenau at VEB Hutwerke Guben . Was Lunzenau was only a production facility , conducted everything from Guben from . * After the fall of the production facility from the parent plant was before the Provided alternative , either the production facility is closed or establishes an independent GmbH. At that time, everyone had the hope that the operation of a limited liability company by a founding Chance of survival has . It took two employees at 02.10.1990 to Cottbus and signed the shareholders' agreement . This was the Lunzenau Hat Factory GmbH , a 100% subsidiary of THA emerged . This operation lasted until 31.12.1992 . * The stated aim the THA was but that in its care To privatize enterprises . Therefore searched for an investor , the Mützenfabrik continues . It competed Messrs. John Hermann and Gert Hermann . With effect from 01.01.1993 sold Trust the business to the new owner. It was the company CAP Lunzenau hats GmbH with the O.A. Men as CEO founded . * On 21.09.1995 , the works presented on behalf of the entire workforce the District Court of Chemnitz the application for bankruptcy of the CAP Lunzenau hats GmbH. Due to the lack of application were Wage and salary payments since 1 June 1995. The production was on 08.09.1995 set by strike and not resumed . On 29.09.1995 Chemnitz District Court decides to initiate the Bankruptcy proceedings . On 1 Nov. 1995 the opening decision is to the overall execution of the CAP Lunzenau hats GmbH caught. Is due to the bankruptcy Insolvency and indebtedness of the company. * So after 77 years, the production of caps in Lunzenau a sad End. * Lunzenau , February 2009
  2. My Second Luzena Cap is arrived today. Very nice mint condition. My guess, mid 50s early 60s. The fabric looks similar to my first Luzena Cap but it's definately not a corduroy fabric. It's a very thick fabric. Here some photos! Good to see, the difference!
  3. I am glad that this hat is in your hands, Steve, a fantastic and unique Hat!
  4. The Big Deal? I bought 4 unworn and new old stock German hats. All are open Crown. Two are Velour in Size 53 and 56 and two felt size 53 and 56. My guess from the mid 40s to the early 50s. The Sweatbands are stiff and dry out over the years.The Quality of the Velour is good. The brown Prima Haarhut has a very stiff felt and has a bit longer hair. Steve and I are agree that they are from the early, 50s The Velour The Prima Haarhut
  5. Echter Mayser Superbe with a dark brown color! From 1960 with print " Superbe " on the sweatband!
  6. Some photos of the Echter Mayser Superbe with brim downward!
  7. Stetson Stratoliner Size 57 Logo and paper label
  8. Mayser Brooklyn in light Brown with a nice multicolor Ribbon
  9. That is a very beautiful Mayser in mid gray. I love this hat. The felt is very thin and leight.
  10. Thanks Steve, I'll gladly do. There are, besides fedora lounge, no page that presents much of European knowing and hats as yours.Its a honor for me.
  11. Thank you Steve for posting the links. The photos are great
  12. this is a newer Wilke with stingy brim.I think 1970-1980. the condition ist new.
  13. The Chapeau Claque factory was founded in 1905 by Albert Eisele Achern. Therefore, this year marks 100th anniversary, which still is not sure whether this is done publicly or family. The factory was then the fifth Folding cylinder factory in the area Achern. She was named Aleisa, after the Initials of the founder and the first letter of the city founder (Albert Eisele Achern). Today there are only three Chapeau Claque factories world that is the story about Aleisa: http://www.ga.og.bw.schule.de/hp/schueler/ags/begabtgeschichte/zylinderhut/endfassung.pdf
  14. Thank you le.gentleman, Yes, moths, devilish little beasts-- I think steve could open a business with his collection
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