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The Brüder Böhm company was established in 1848 in Vienna , and 19xx - Advertising-window-bust of Brüder Böhm Hüte company in Wien(Vienna)from the 19th of November, it became a Bruder Bohm - poster public business association. The first members were Bernhard and Naphtali Böhm. In 1880 their sons Jindrich, Zikmund and Leopold, who were studying hat making in England, became associates. In 1884 Brothers Böhm established a branch in Prague-Bubenec. Although manufacturing continued in Vienna , the Prague branch grew and employed up to 1200 workers. In 1897, Vienna's famous soccer club "SK Rapid Wien" originated in the Vienna branch of the Böhm factory, as the 1st players and coaches were workers and (English) engineers in the Böhm factory. In 1906 the Böhm factory was the 2nd largest of its kind in Vienna (after Harbig) with about 400 producers, suppliers and dealers.

 

In 1906 brothers Schlesinger built a factory for hat making in Nový Jičín (Neutitschein). This factory was in today’s Luzicka street. Viktor Böhm, with the help of Mr. Kolba, a citizen of Nový Jičín, established a factory across from the Schlesinger factory, where they implemented innovations/inventions in hat making machines.

 

The company was called Globus and the machines invented and made by Viktor Böhm were internationaly renowned. Viktor Böhm with Moric Schlesinger made an association in 1912 named Böhm & Schlesinger. They made conical šišáky (semi-finished goods) and other hats. In 1912 they also built a new factory for hat making, which was on Roseggergasse, todays Luzicka street (map).

 

Disputes between associates in 1916 lead to dissolution of the association and the factory went to the family Böhm. After WW-I, manufacturing continued and in 1922 the factory Brüder Böhm became independent. In the upper factory they made "šišáky" (semi-finished goods) and in lower factory they made hats *source of Böhm logo www.textil-info.cz

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Before WW-II they had 1729 workers. About 2/3 of the hats went for export to USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. In 1938 the owners were trying to transfer the factory into Czech ownership, but they didn't manage to complete that and the company was put under German management. In 1941 it was sold (by whom?) to the HÜCKEL company *see Profit.czČeský article, the largest Nový Jičín hat company. In 1945 the Hückel factory was expropriated, the family fled Czechoslovakia and the factory was renamed TONAK (=tovarna na klobouky) see Prague Post article

 

In 1945 part of the Brüder Böhm manufacturing section was totally destroyed and that section later became a factory for fabrics, named KARNOLAČeský and later United Technologies. That company declared bankruptcy in 2003 and today - the land is/was being sold by Nový Jičín.

 

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Böhm Fedora (late 1960s early 1970s)

 

This is a gift from my friend Herbert Jennissen at Hut-Neubarth Augsburg. This is a new old stock hat and very rare. I really love the color combination and black binding and ribbon treatment. This one is very similar to my Fraenkel. The Böhm's restarted the company after WWII out of Vienna and eventually combined with Fraenkel.

 

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A very rare pre 1940s Brüder Böhm Velour that I picked up from M_Jones of the FL. This one has all original parts and was made for the French market. It has a high crown and no liner (logo patch missing). The velour finish is more natural and doesn't have the slick seal fur like look but still very nice. Diana at Maryland Seamstress http://www.marylandseamstress.com/ did a great job replicating the top stitch on the ribbon.

 

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Here is info on the BB finishing machines that were installed at Hat Corp of America in the late 1930s.

 

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Correspondence regarding Dobbs use of Brüder Böhm finishing machines.

 

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Here's another correspondence regarding the BB finishing machine and McLachlen hat bodies. Interesting technical info.

 

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Brüder Böhm Wien Flexible Melone

 

Size 58cm, weighs 180 grams, probably 1920s - 1930s. I believe there could be some wool content in this Melone. It also has a cord which is not typical. It appears Hut-Fabriks-Niederlage, Jean Preis is a branch office or warehouse in Wiener Neustadt.

 

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Cord Close-up Photos

 

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Brüder Böhm "Luxor", size 56cm, pre 1940. It's made of wool or has a large amount of wool content. It's from a Czech source. I believe my Brüder Böhm Velour is the only other pre 1940 soft felt so a rare find.

 

Props to Robert (RLK) for the meaning of "Decateered".

 

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Brüder Böhm, Hat Liner Print Plates, probably from the Nový Jičín (Neutitschein) factory.

I purchased a collection of old (probably 1930s and older) hat liner print plates (82 pieces) from the Czech Republic. They were found near Štramberk which is a short distance from Nový Jičín (Neutitschein) where Johann Hückel´s Söhne, Anton Peschel and Brüder Böhm were located.

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I received a personal message from member BruederBoehm(Jonathan) the grandson of Victor Böhm owner and chief inventor at Brüder Böhm Wien, Neutitschein / Novy Jicin.  Jonathan kindly offered to let me post some photos of his fantastic / amazing BB collection.  My sincere thanks to Jonathan!

 

Victor Böhm's Melone, Böhm "Extra" Haarfliz

 

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Could be the same Melone he is wearing in this photo from a 1920s "The American Hatter" article.

 

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Joseph Böhm's  (owner and brother of Victor's) Soft Felt, Böhm "Wiener Haarhut"

 

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Both hats together with photo portrait of Victor Böhm.

 

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Ladies Böhm Trachten Velour
 
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Beautiful large print  dating from the 1930s showing the Vienna and Neutitschein / Novy Jicin (two factories one for felt hoods and one for finished hats)  factories.
 
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An older image of the original Vienna plant in a beautiful period frame.
 
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Photographic image of the second Neutitschein plant dating from the mid 1920s --  most probably enlarged from a photo postcard.
 
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Victor Böhm's hat manufacturing apprentice certificate (Lehrbrief), issued in 1910 by the Vienna Hatmakers Association (die Genossenschaft der Wiener Hutmacher).

 

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Imperial prize certificate awarded to Brüder Böhm at the First International Hunting Exhibition, which was held in Vienna in 1910.

 

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Henry Böhm's (Victor's son) compiled a booklet of the history of BB advertisements that appeared in the United States -- primarily in trade journals from the first half of the 20th century.  Jonathan sent me a couple of the more interesting pages, including some of the BB logos.

 

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Brüder Böhm Factory in Vienna from the late 1940s early 1950s. I received these rare photos from Jonathan the grandson of Victor Böhm owner and chief inventor at Brüder Böhm Wien, Neutitschein / Novy Jicin. Here is a brief overview by Jonathan followed by the photos + his comments.

 

"The address of the Brüder Böhm factory in Vienna was Schottenfeldgasse 30, in Vienna's 7th district (or VII. Bezirk, called Neubau). Its location on Schottenfeldgasse was the block bounded by Seidengasse, Zieglergasse, and Lindengasse. The plant was in operation from its construction in 1862 to the 1960s. It was demolished in the 1970s, and there is now an apartment complex on the site."

 

"Three exterior views of the factory. The structure shown in the third photo is clearly the central building visible in the older prints of the factory."

 

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"Photos, showing some great interior views of the BB factory in Vienna -- including shots of some large machinery."

 

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"Photos, showing some more great interior views of the BB factory in Vienna -- including shots of finishing rooms."

 

BB Special Finishing Machines!

 

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Ústřední Sociální Pojišťovny (Central Social Insurance Company) Identity Card (1926 - 1930).  This man (Franz Freissler) was employed by Brüder Böhm Hutfabriken (Hat Factories).  Notice Brüder Böhm still uses Neu-Titschein (German) and not Nový Jičín (Czech) post WWI Slavication. Also the passbook documentation is in both Czech and German.  I received this a short while ago.

 

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Brüder Böhm "Luxor", 59cm, Wool, NOS condition, with Böhm Hat Holder and Paper Size Tag, probably late 1930s. Old Brüder Böhm Soft Felts are very rare finds. This is from my latest Czech find.

 

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Guaranteed Decateered http://www.hocks.de/decatising_wrappers/applications/decatizing/decatizing.html

 

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I think this might be a cloth based sweatband. The separation doesn't appear to be from stretching.

 

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Original Paper Size Tag

 

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Brüder Böhm "Lido", 58cm, Crown Open 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 inches, very light weight 100g / 3.5oz, NOS condition with mothing, original Paper Size Tag, probably late 1930s. The felt finish is very smooth with a white (a slight hint of green) granite rock effect. It's on the stiffer side but will hand crease. There is a Hare on the logo so it could be fur felt but not really sure because of the processing. A very unique hat but probably not in its time and place. :) This is from my May 2016 Czech find.

 

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Great Design!

 

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Cloth Sweatband?

 

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Böhm Hat Holder with Böhm "Lido"

 

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Original Paper Size Tag

 

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Brüder Böhm, 58cm Point 5 1/2, Crown Open 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 1/4 inches probably 1930s. Fantastic Hot Wet Brushed Black Velour - Soleil that is very pliable and absorbs all light. The company paper label with model, form and color information is missing. I would like to thank Celia from the FL for letting me know about this hat which she found on French Ebay. This is a rare find.

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Open Crown

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Brüder Böhm K. U. K. Hof - Hutfabrik Wien (1914) This postcard shows how Austrian hats were marketed at the time.

 

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Quality "Sylva"

 

Novelty in Loden (Rough)

 

Fashion - Melange: 845 Grayish Green, 846 Tawney, 847 Iron Gray, 848 Olive Brown, 849 Fashion Green, 851 Fashion Blue

 

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Our Sales Representive, Mr. Benno Deutsch

 

Will soon have the honor to speak to you in order to present our latest sample collection in Fur, Wool and Velour Hats for the upcoming season to submit to the election. We ask you to send him your orders. To reserve.

 

Respectfully

Brüder Böhm

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