07-17-2011, 11:01 PM
Through a miracle of the present age, one can offer to the readership here a puzzle that should knock dogma and doctrine with this stuff off of its tired, old trunions. Namely, in the bi weekly circulars of the RZM, much was made by the pains in the a## in brown shirts, who reigned in the Schwanthalerstrasse. of those vendors/license holders silly and or whacky enough to screw up with the RZM regime. Somehow these persons and firms had gotten crosswise with the regulation that would make you Ayn Rand devotees go to Gant's Gulch for good. In fact, the aw sh!ts make by far the most interesting reading in contrast to the minutiae of textiles and hardware.
In particular, I attach here a list of the cap firms on an industrial basis and the cap makers on an artisan basis who LOST THEIR LICENSES in what must have been the past whatever, month or quarter, or year or whatever. Such lists appeared every two weeks....I write again, every two weeks.
Since I own the Handbuch d RZM, these listings make me wonder whether the book, itself, is so terribly reliable. I mean, the attrition with this this stuff was pretty remarkable.
In any case, read and then take a deep breath, and the next time some wise and experienced collector posts one of these crafted lists of "makers," then you might take it with a large grain of salt, nicht wahr?
Nor is this all the a2 license holders who fell out in said period, as I have included roughly half the page. There is a whole page.
So what happened to the licenses numbers that were withdrawn, were they later reassigned, whereby then different vendors used the same number as time passed, so that we really don't know for sure what these numbers mean. You would have to cull through the whole ten plus years of the Mitteilungsblaetter to noodle it out, versus the prized ownership of the nifty book....which is a good door stop.
Thanks to my friend Robert H for some nice images.
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07-22-2011, 04:58 AM
07-24-2011, 01:26 AM
07-24-2011, 04:08 AM
Here from the summer of 1935, the introduction of the new cap for the political leaders of the NSDAP, whereby the floppy and jaunty models of yore go aglimmering in favor of the erect version. in der Sattelform.
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07-24-2011, 04:11 AM
The rise of Ersatzstoffe in said caps was a feature of later in 1935, even before the advent of the Four Year Plan.
07-25-2011, 01:33 AM
Here the specifications from September 1934 for the PO Muetze, which makes clear that such was to be modeled on the field cap for officers of the old armies or the Reichswehr.
Saris treats this material, too, and it is also in the Herstellungsvorschriften d RZM, but in a later form, ca. 1934.
08-13-2011, 12:41 AM
Death of a Mutzenfabrik: The Firma Ernst Kern of Lunzenau:
08-13-2011, 01:10 AM
Very evocative images. Granted modern German labor law as concerns conditions of work, such a workshop under a roof is not up to legal code.
If only the machines and the walls could talk, of course.
sic transit gloria mundi.
08-13-2011, 01:28 AM
If only you could save those machines and the larger bobbins and i bet some of them had original threads in them, Ben will be having a fit by now lol