01-22-2011, 11:03 AM
Yes; it's from Uniformen-Markt. Since this is of general interest, allow me to provide an English translation for the benefit of the non-German speaking fellow members:
"On 25 November, Mr. Wilhelm Holters, Berlin, completed the 65th year of his life. "Uniformen-Markt" express their heartfelt, albeit - due to the publication date - slightly belated birthday greetings.
To all the specialists in the field, Wilhelm Holters is no unknown, nonetheless a brief appreciation of this personalitiy, who is esteemed for his expert knowledge, shall be given.
Mr. Holters is the son of a tailor; he has learned his craft "from the needle up" and developed outstanding mercantile skills, which allowed him to start his own business at 32 years of age and immediately take up an officers' outfitting business with traveling activity. His rise within the first ten years was astonishing. Of course, the end of the war meant a set-back for all the firms in this field, but Wilhelm Holters possessed tenaciousness; he hung on while others turned their backs on uniform tailoring. His well-earned new rise started thanks to National Socialism, to which Party Member Holters had long since pledged himself.
Word of this man's professional knowledge got around and thus it came to be that his advice was frequently sought upon the introduction of new uniforms. The SA uniform, the flyers' uniform, the Army's Waffenrock, [= dress tunic] the diplomatic uniform, the SS' Gesellschaftsanzug [= evening dress] and others were created with his involvement. Today, the Holters firm has some 130 employees; this is remarkable for a pure custom tailoring business.
Of course, this astoundingly elastic, youthful sixty-five-year-old does not think about retirement; his beloved uniform tailoring business has become much too dear to him. And, after all, he is constantly needed; every day, questions arrive that only he can answer. Who still knows today what the formal dress coat of an ambassador used to look like, how an Ulanka [= Uhlans' tunic] was cut or how the richest fall of the folds can be achieved with a Spanier [= a round cape].
Perhaps this is the secret of his success: To combine old traditions with the living presence. And one more thing: Wilhelm Holters masters the high tailoring art of not only giving instructions to his employees, but to demonstrate the work to them in a masterly fashion."
Last edited by HPL2008; 01-22-2011 at 04:21 PM.
01-22-2011 11:03 AM
01-22-2011, 07:31 PM
Fantastic--I had no idea he had input into the some of the classiest uniforms of the TR (if not of all time). That explains a lot!
HPL, vielen danke for the translation!
01-22-2011, 07:34 PM
Although published before, this bears repeating again--the only know Rechnung of an SS General:
01-24-2011, 03:35 AM
An early (May, 1933) Lubstein quote. Even at this time, he was Berlin's largest Uniform Muetzenfabrik, but note also that he was Deutschland's largest Vulkanfiber Helmet maker:
(I was hoping the signature was of the Herr Lubstein himself, but I was not so lucky.)
01-30-2011, 12:47 PM
The post card is for the order of signal horns and such. Thanks for the UM article on Holters. All new knowledge. His NSDAP credentials are interesting, too. All too droll.
01-30-2011, 12:51 PM
Just found this interesting shop window sign for sale today. I've not seen one like it before.
Early 1930s RZM Retail Store Sign for Dresden Tailor
01-30-2011, 06:55 PM
Thanks for the nice addition. Saris has written a book on signs of all types, whereby there are a goodly number of RZM ones present and analyzed.
01-30-2011, 06:58 PM
And a fine translation it is, and all readers should recognize the extraordinary amount of work contained in same. Such is a service which none should take for granted, particularly we US Amerikaner who often are too spoiled by globalization. I have just spent a fairly intense week in Berlin translating difficult texts, so my admiration for my German colleague is doubly so.
A tip to the wise: if you want to achieve escalation dominance in this regalia, learn German.
01-31-2011, 05:53 PM
Thank you very much for your kind words (both here and over on the "III/21" thread)!
02-01-2011, 05:06 AM
My pleasure. We profit from your kind aid.