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Windsor (Trademark) probably made by Mayser, probably late 1950s, size 59cm. It's a very nice one and in great condition. Really like the pleated ribbon and bow treatment.

 

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Mayser "Torry", 59cm, Crown Open 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 1/2 inches probably very late 1950s. This one turned out much better than expected. Really like the Felt (colors, finish and hand) and Bow design/work.

 

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Mayser Miniature Hat Cartons, made by Zeitler - Karton, Murnau / Oberbayern. Last produced about 10 years ago. They are really well made and the dimensions (L x W x H) are approximately 4 1/4 x 4 x 2 1/4 inches.

 

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The following is a translated 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 following section discusses Post WWII Felt Hat and Felt Hood production for Lindenberg Hat Companies: Masyer Milz, Ottmar Reich and Aurel Huber.  

 

28.  Deutsche / German Mark and Economic Miracles

 

The introduction of the Deutsche / German Mark in the three western occupation zones of Germany took place with the currency reform on 20 June 1948. Four days later, on 24 June 1948, there was also in the Soviet occupation zone to a monetary reform, together with the The separate economic reforms of West Berlin, the so-called "Berlin Blokade" 271. The separate reforms promoted the de facto West-East division of Germany, which led to the founding of two German states in 1949. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Germans emerged Democratic Republic (GDR).

 

In the newly created Federal Republic of Germany, the time of the so-called "economic miracle", personified by the Minister of Economics Ludwig Erhard, began, and the West-Allgäu hat industry also participated strongly in the 1950s and 1960s and predefined their ability to export until the end of 1969 Lindenberg was now able to develop into a center of the German hat industry with stronger felt hat production, partly because the competition in the other part of Germany did not have a good start in the post-war period.  Guben on the Lusatian Neisse (a river) in Brandenburg was probably the most important German production center of the felt hat industry before the war. After the war, Guben, now divided into a German and a Polish section, remained only the limited market of the GDR and its friends "Brother countries" of Eastern Europe. With DDR dumping prices starting from the middle of the 1960s the Gubener felt hat industry became in individual market segments a disagreeable competitor of the Westallgauer felt hat industry.

 

After the currency reform, the complicated management regulations in the French occupation zone were abolished. Already in the second half of 1948, the number of hats manufactured in West Allgaeu more than doubled compared to the same period of the previous year. "With the release of the price, markets were again created on which supply and demand produced a realistic price structure With a fixed exchange rate against the US dollar, companies could again capitalize their investments without worrying about the monetary value.

 

Investment in Production of Felt

 

In Lindenberg, from the currency reform of 1948 onwards, investments were made mainly in felt hat production and in a separate production of felt stumps. As early as 1946/1947, the company Mayser-Milz & Cie. with their outsourced machines from Ulm to build a hair felts stump production in Lindenberg. The factory in Ulm had been bombed out in 1945. At the company premises in Lindenberg, construction was also undertaken after the currency reform in 1948. In 1948/1949, the 150-meter-long workshop for stump production ("Walkerei / Fulling") was built parallel to the railway body. (On November 10, 1971, the last hat-stump by Mayser-Milz was manufactured in the Lindenberg plant, after which the company moved the hat-stump production back to their factory in Ulm.) In 1950, an extension to the hat production on the Bismarckstraße followed and a 5 story new factory building on the Nadenbergstraße in 1958. The construction of 1958 was completed in 1999, just over 40 years later, with a high-level factory building with a high-bay warehouse Raw materials and finished goods extended.This extension was no longer used for the expansion of production, but for the rationalization of the production process.Thus, the production areas of women's and men's hat were combined and brought to the same level as the fabric hat department.

 

The company Aurel Huber began in 1948/1949 with its own Felt Stumpen/Hood production. After the end of the war, it was cut off from its former source of supply in the former East of Germany (for example, Ratibor in Silesia) and was now planning its own crude factory in Lindenberg. Unlike the company Mayser-Milz, however, had no own production experience in this field. It compensated for this by recruiting Sudeten-German hat specialists, who had been expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945. These specialists came from the hat city of Neutitschein in the "Kuhländchen" via the English and American occupation zones, and as early as mid-1946 Huber had obtained permission from the district president and the French governor in Lindau to recruit relevant hat specialists outside the French occupation zone A general freedom of movement between the western zones of occupation had not yet been agreed upon: it was in particular Rudolf Holub (1897-1970), a former executive employee of the hat factory Johann Huckel in Neutitschein, who took over the construction work of a hair-felt hat-stump production at Aurel Huber and In addition, other former specialists from Neutitschein brought to Lindenberg.  From 1948, Huber commissioned residential buildings on Sedanstrasse, later to be built on the Spielermoos site, for these employees.

 

End of 1948 / early 1949, the hair felts production of the company Aurel Huber went into operation. This raw material also included its own dyeing plant. Here Johann Beier, also from the company Hückel in Neutitschein, had done the set-up work, later he led the entire raw material of the company. On the company premises modern shedhallenve and a new boiler house for steam generation were built for the raw production. The new chimney was probably for reasons of prestige a bit higher than the previously highest fireplace in Lindenberg at the company Ottmar Reich. Also for the hat production itself the factory was extended by new buildings. Most recently in 1950, the connection building with turrets and 1952 a production building in the interior of the factory area.

 

The Ottmar Reich company had acquired the hat factory Brüder Böhm in 1938 as a branch plant in Vienna and was able to source their felt stumps there. After the aryanized company was "returned duly" after the end of the war, it no longer had its own hat stump production. From 1949, the Bavarian Wool Felt factories K.G. (BWF) in Offingen / Danube became one of the main suppliers. This company had many years of experience in the felt cloth production and began in 1949 with the production of Hat Stumps, possibly already in development cooperation with the company Reich. The hat factory Ottmar Reich had thus set a substantial part on the production of Wool Felt Hats. It was said that the Mayser Fur Felt Men's Hat was the "Mercedes Class", the Reich Wool Felt Hat the (cheaper) "Opel Class". What this does not mean is the "Opel Class" could not make good money at that time.

 

Ottmar Reich's Fur and Velour Hat Stumps were manufactured by Miesbach Obb company Kohlndorfer. Ottmar Reich then renamed it as an independent Hat Stump manufacturing plant. Hat Stumps were also purchased from foreign manufacturers, in addition to the Ebreichsdorfer Felt Hat Factory / S.J Fraenkel AG in Austria, from large manufacturers in Monza (Italy). In addition, new factory buildings were built on the factory site of the hat factory Ottmar Reich. A large extension, added 1961-1963 to the today monument-protected "Manz" industrial building, reached along the sunny road until almost the Glasbühlstraße.

 

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

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Mayser Advertising Stand, possibly 1950s or could be later. This is a really nice item that Stefan let me know about.

 

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Property of Mayser Hat Factory

 

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Made by Josef Preissler Pforzheim (founded 1907)

 

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Mayser "Spezial", 59cm, early 1960s. The felt on this one is fantastic, great finish + dyeing, very dense and easily dry creases. I also really like the dimensions and form. The overall quality is very high. The liner is spot glued so this is another example of when that transition occurred (early 1960s).

 

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Mayser Porcelain Plates, drawings Marga Trautloft - Mayser. I am not sure what time period they are from.

 

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Here are photos of the Mayser Porcelain Ashtray.

 

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Here is some info courtesy of Stefan / Steur on the FL.

 

Her name is Marga Trautloft and she was born Marga Mayser on 18th june 1913 as a daughter of Alfred Mayser and Helene Mayser. She was married to Johannes "Hannes" Trautloft (1912-1995), a high ranking Luftwaffe pilot and officer in WWII. Marga died 04th june 1998. She's buried in Waldfriedhof Solln near Munich along with her husband. On the gravestone she's listed as "kostumbildnerin" (costume designer).

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Stetson Excellent "Stratoliner", 58cm, probably later 1950s. Made by Mayser in Germany under license and is in NOS condition. The unique color is listed as Peacock. The color will show better in sun light. The lighter weight felt has a Chamois like finish and easily dry creases.

 

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Original Mayser Milz & Cie. "Carlton, Sämisch Extra" 62cm probably mid 1950s. The light green felt has a Chamois finish and easily dry creases. I have never seen one like this before so very unique. The color and finish will look much better in natural light.

 

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Th. Jo. Ernst Köln "Panzara Superior" "Eden", possibly late 1950s. Based on the paper label this hat was possible made by Mayser Milz & Cie. for Th. Jo. Ernst Köln. Th. Jo. Ernst Köln was a well men's store located in Köln. I assume the Italianized "Panzara, Marca Registrata" trademark was registered by Th. Jo. Ernst Köln.

 

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Mayser "Spezial", 55cm, possibly mid 1950s. Great form and NOS condition. This hat also belongs Horst Brömme of Brömme Hut Museum Nuremberg.

 

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Mayser "Superbe", 60cm, possibly early 1950s. The felt is is very soft and the brim is less stiff so not like a typical Mayser Homburg.

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Borchert Berlin W. "Federleicht/Feather Light" possibly very early 1960s.  The felt is light in weight with a very soft hand.  This form and ribbon / bow work was popular in the late 1950s into the early 1960s.  Based on the paper label format Borchert Berlin W. sourced this hat from Mayser. 

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Mayser Ulm Paper Label Types, Pre 1940

Mayser "Komet"

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Mayser "?"

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Mayser's "Orion"

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Mayser "Talpa"

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Mayser "R" made for the famous München hat store Johann Zehme (Royal Bavarian Court Supplier).

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Mayser "Stella Steif Federlicht" made for Huthase Dresden, Chemnitz and Leipzig.

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Mayser "Diadem" 

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Mayser "Spezial", 58 cm, probably later 1940s. The felt and form on this hat are fantastic.

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I was able to verify that this store location did not survive WWII but this hat appears to be post WWII but probably just after. 

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Mayser "Stella Steif Federlicht / Stiff Feather Light" made for Huthase / Hat Hare, 58cm, 155 grams, possible 1930s.  I was lucky because I noticed there was a lot of padding behind the sweatband.  Also figured it was made by a high quality company which also turned out to be correct.  This is a really fantastic Fur Felt (Haar.filz) Stiff Felt made by Mayser Ulm.  I really like the dimensions and form.  The sweatband leather is especially nice and the fit is perfect.  Huthase had stores in Dresden, Chemnitz, and Leipzig.  

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Mayser "Superbe", 59 cm, possible date stamp of June 3, 1950.  Great felt, dressing and form.  

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Open Crown

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Mayser "Diadem", 55 cm probably later 1930s.  This amazing + rare pre 1940s Mayser Velour belongs to Garrett on the FL.  I came across this hat on German Ebay and I let Garett know about it.  Luckily he decided to buy it even though it was one below his hat size. 

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Mayser "Supra", measures 58.5 cm possibly originally early 1950s or older.  The sweatband was replaced a while ago and I am not sure about the ribbon bow.  I couldn't find any paper label and the store comes up blank on searches.  The dark blue felt is fantastic and I really like the form.  It's actually a really great looking hat.

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