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Hat Factory C. G. Wilke, Guben advertisement from "Fabrikation von Damen- und Herren- Filzhüten, Der Deustchen Hutmacher Zeitung (1933)".

 

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"The Wilke Hat has no Dark Side, but still in the Shadow, you can see the Wilke Hat"

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C. G. Wilke Guben made for A. Breiter München, size 55cm, probably 1930s. This one is made of wool or a fur - wool blend. Interesting black sweatband.

 

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C. G. Wilke Melone, size 55cm, probably 1930s maybe earlier. It doesn't belong to me but it has a really fantastic liner and is in very good condition.

 

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C. G. Wilke "Platina"

 

A really fantastic tiny gem of a hat. The felt is the lightest and softest I have ever encountered. Probably the early 1930s maybe a bit earlier. I doubt it was worn much at all. I also think it might have been modified maybe by the shop that sold it.

 

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I found the hat related meaning of "Flamand".

 

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"The unshorn Velour hair called Flamand;...."

 

Fabrikation von Damen- und Herren- Filzhüten, Der Deustchen Hutmacher Zeitung,188 (1933)

Fabrication of Women's and Men's Felt Hats, German Hat Makers News,188 (1933)

 

C.G. Wilke "Flamand"

 

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C. G. Wilke "Haar Rival", 60cm, 168g, probably late 1920s maybe early 1930s. This is a great Stiff Felt with a fantastic finish and a interesting bow design. It measures closer to 61cm so a big one!

 

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C.G. Wilke "Bürstel Electra", 58cm, Open Crown 6 inches, Brim 2 1/4 inches probably later 1930s. I received this fantastic gray Wilke Velour via trade with Fastuni (Armin). The Velour finish is really nice and it still has the original paper size label. It originally had a Crease Clip/Holder. I could tell by the wear on the liner label and the remnants of a very sharp center crease. This hat has already been posted but these new photos are more accurate color wise. Also a really great model name. C.G. Wilke like use interesting model names.

 

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In my opinion the best logo I have seen!

 

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C. G. Wilke, Brim Over Welt 2 1/2 inches , Crown Open 6 inches, paper label missing, measures 57cm but marked 56cm on paper laberl, probably later 1920s maybe early 1930s. The hat originally had a liner. The Velour is really fantastic but it has some nicks. 

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C. G. Wilke Guben photos and documents from the Stadt- und Industriemuseum Guben collection.

 

C. G. Wilke, 111 Years (1933)

 

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Time Clock (1920-29)

 

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Women of the Felting Department (1910)

 

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Women of the Dressing Department (1920-29)

 

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Statutes of the company's sickness fund of the hat factory C.G. Wilke in Guben-Druck by the publisher Albert Koenig in Guben. (1914)

 

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Certificate of the State Insurance Institution Brandenburg by Charlotte Zindler for offsetting at the factory sickness fund of the hat factory C.G. Wilke. (1938)

 

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At the end of the war in 1945, the company premises and the production facilities of the company C.G. Wilke were destroyed or severely damaged by about 45%. These included the middle building, a warehouse, workshops and the administrative building as well as the private villa of the Wilke family. The last eight weeks of war in February and March 1945, in which Guben was a frontier, brought the economic ruin to the once flourishing and traditional Gubener hat industry. At the end of the Second World War nearly 90% of the historic city center was destroyed. The city resembled a rubble landscape. In the western part of the city about 20% of the building fabric was affected by destruction, including numerous industrial plants.

 

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Destroyed Villa Wilke in Guben, 1945

 

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Letterhead C.G. Wilke; Guben, 12/23/1947

 

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C. G. Wilke "Elite" "Elektron" made for Deutcher Hut - Vertrieb Kiel, 60cm, Wool or Wool - Fur, 157 grams probably late 1920s.

 

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Original Size Stamp and Price Stamp.

 

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The following is a translated footnote from "Chapeau, Das Westalgäu behütet die Welt, Die Geschichte der Hutprodukrion in Lindenberg und Umgebung, 2015" (This is a great book that I purchased at the Deutsches Hut Museum Lindenberg).  The footnote contains some info on Guben's pre WWII major hat companies C.W. Wilke and Berlin - Gubener Hutfabrik, post WWII  VEB Vereinigte HutWerke Guben, and post unification Gubener Hüte GmbH.   

 

"In Guben (city law since 1235, known as cloth-maker town) developed the hat maker Carl Gottlob Wilke 1822 waterproof wool felt hat. His sons - especially Friedrich Wilke - made from the hat maker's workshop the largest Gubener hat factory, the C G. Wilke hair and wool felt hat factory Guben. In addition came as another large business, in addition to several smaller hat factories, the Berlin-Gubener hat factory, founded by Apelius Cohn and Hermann Lewin (Berlin 1859, Guben 1876), which employed in 1922 alone 3000 workers and employees. In 1927, the year of crisis in Westallgäu's straw hat industry, Guben had a total of 7,460 people working in the felt hat industry. In the same year, around 10 million hats were produced, of which around 30 percent were for export. For comparison: In 1925, the city of Lindenberg had a total of 5,168 inhabitants, and in 1927 it was probably not much more. In March 1946, the Berlin-Gubener Hutfabrik was dismantled as reparations to the Soviet Union; 1952 developed from the C. G. Wilke hat factory in conjunction with the other Gubener hat factories, the national VEB Vereinigte Hut-Werke Guben with about 1,200 employees; In 1989, 1.2 million stumps and 800,000 felt hats were produced there.

 

After the turnaround, the state-owned enterprise was privatized in 1990 by the Treuhandanstalt and transformed into the Gubener Hüte GmbH. The number of employees sank to 600; In 1992 there were still 70, the end of 1999 with 10 employees, the operation was closed. In summer 2006, a hat and technology museum was opened in a building of the old hat factory C. G. Wilke."

 

"Chapeau, Das Westalgau behütet die Welt, Die Geschichte der Hutprodukrion in Lindenberg und Umgebung, 2015"

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C. G. Wilke "Helios", 58cm, Wool, 186 grams, possibly late 1920s to 1930s.  This Wool Stiff Felt is in near mint condition so a great find.  The liner really shines especially at the center so that might be the reason for calling it "Helios".  I didn't get a good photo of the label because I didn't want to break the super fine threads that hold the sweatband together.  The sweatband has a reed on the outer edge which is fairly common with old German and Austrian Stiff Felts.

 

 

 

 

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C. G. Wilke Guben Hat Factory, Ink Blotter, 14 cm X 7 cm / 4.5 inches X 2.75 inches, possibly early 1910s.  You can click on the photos to enlarge.

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