The cafe looks like this inside, actually,
There are no black SS uniforms, or "sculls" in this picture. If there were, those with them would be in serious trouble with the Austrian Staatspolizei. The Kriegsministerium is out the front door, and down the Ringstrasse to the left towards the Danube canal. Next time I will look for the tailor, but I am sure it is long gone.
I personally enjoy these quick glimpses of Viennese Cafe Life.
Fortunately the original RFSS Cuff-title that belonged to this Uniform was found and restored. An RFSS Band with the Gothic SS Letters, I think.
Gemuetlichkeit is important nowadays what with the prospect of the four horsemen of the apocalypse at hand.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a good start into the year 2011. Thank goodness this decade is ending, and good riddance.
There is a new trend in collecting that I find rather disturbing. I do not understand why anyone would collect any object in which he has no knowledge. The collector should be most knowledgeable and should know exactly what to look for and disregard the story, that is free, with a costly purchase. If you do not know enough about what you wish to collect, reach into your pocket and use that money for the best references available. Spend time talking to fellow collectors and go to the shows where you may examine material to test your own knowledge. Know what insignia is worn on which tunic. Know the manufacturing techniques of the pioing, the insignia backing material, the threads or aluminum bullion, period garment materials, techniques of sewing, types of thread used, and become an expert at every possible part of the tunic.
I believe my friend, F-B, has the patience of a saint when looking over the material that is posted, making comments and showing original material, only to be 'rewarded' by having his eyes assulted by the swill that is once agin posted. Is anyone, today, serious about collecting, or does everyone want someone else to do all the work? As F-B has mentioned, the acquisition of his knowledge has been expensive. He did not wake up, one day, to discover his skull was now full of details of authentic SS garments and headwear. It was a process of years of study, and learning from the mistakes, that brought enlightnment.
We all want to help, but there must be some effort, other than posting photos of something that can be gotten for bargain price, to learn and discern the authentic from the pathetic fake.
I am seeking Golden Party Badge # 77578, Luftwaffe blue summerweight flight pants, used Geschwader Immelmann officer's cuff title.