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ImagineHat

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Hello,

I’m doing genealogy research and am looking for information on Elsa Spiegel, a milliner (modistin / modist / hutmacherin) in Vienna during the 1920s-1940s. I’ve searched through some of the resources on this site, but didn't come across her name. I’d be very grateful if anyone could share historical resources (trade magazines, industry newspapers, directories, etc.) from the time - it would really help me in my research.

Thanks in advance!
 

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On 3/26/2023 at 10:39 PM, ImagineHat said:

Hello,

I’m doing genealogy research and am looking for information on Elsa Spiegel, a milliner (modistin / modist / hutmacherin) in Vienna during the 1920s-1940s. I’ve searched through some of the resources on this site, but didn't come across her name. I’d be very grateful if anyone could share historical resources (trade magazines, industry newspapers, directories, etc.) from the time - it would really help me in my research.

Thanks in advance!
 

I couldn't find her name in the Vienna section of the Austrian Hat Industry Guide (1926) but its focus was the Austrian Men's Felt Hat Industry. 

I have some copies of  the Austrian Hat Makers News (also focused on the Men's Felt Hat Industry) from that time period and some other info I can check.  The larger companies made felt hoods and capelines which they supplied to women milliners that made women's felt hats. Some of the companies made women's felt hats but they were based mostly on men's styles. 

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On 5/30/2023 at 2:04 PM, ImagineHat said:

Thank you for checking, I really appreciate it. She was also a verkäuferin (saleswoman), so presumably she worked in a shop (as opposed to a factory).

Women's hats were mostly fashion oriented and made by milliners in shops.  It's possible she might be listed in an address book.  Have you been able to find her in any address books?

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On 6/7/2023 at 1:37 PM, ImagineHat said:

I searched in the Lehmann Vienna Address Directories and Austrian National Library newspapers (ANNO) but unfortunately she wasn't listed. Any suggestions on other directions or where else to look?

Sorry for the late reply. I found this hutmacher (men's Stiff Felts) that worked for P. & C. Habig Wien but I can't remember how I found the address book. 

I will have to go back and see if I can find it again.

I will send you a P.M. with my email so you can contact more easily. 

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