Wednesday 6 May 2015

Dürkopp Diana

In 1860 Nicholas Dürkopp, with Carl Schmidt, started a factory for the production of sewing machines.  In 1876, Carl Schmidt was handsomely recompensed and "allowed leave".  After that time, the factory started to produce bicycles and became very successful. Cycles under the Dürkopp name continued to be sold until 2006 though manufactured by Biria AG.

Nowadays, Dürkopp Adler AG, manufactures industrial sewing machines, so in a way you could say the company has come full circle.  It is still in Bielefeld, Germany.

This card is a reproduction of advertising published between 1900 and 1914 and was sent to me from Germany.


  1. Look how proud or smug that German fellow is. Wait til he hits a stone and goes flying, his wife will tell him a thing or 2-:)

    1. Yes, "look no hands!" And the little girl looks as though she's thinking along the same lines.

  2. I love the type of art used in the advertisement--very cool!


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