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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Gunther Jaeckel

Have you ever seen this advert page from an 1957 American Newspaper?

I got very excited.

The shape, the style... a machine which attracts me...

I saw it several times on an auction website... and never dared to bid on it.
I was never into collecting coffee machines... but in researching their history and plunge with all my mind in past times.

I admit i can't remember what they are worth nowaday.... but back in 1957: 30$/35$/40$.
How much is this in todays' money?

Here an article dated 1959 on the Gunther Jaeckel business:

"In a gilded age when sables were a princess' best friend, the nation's best place to buy sables was Manhattan's C. G. Gunther's Sons. Founded in 1820 by a German immigrant associated with Fur Trader John Jacob Astor, Gunther's not only combed Siberia for the finest sables, but bid in the London market for the finest ermine, sent its agents across Canada on the lookout for mink. Even men coveted the Gunther's label. Gunther's long operated the only men's fur department in Manhattan, offering coats made of every kind of fur, from buffalo, favored by post-Civil War tycoons, to collegiate raccoon. But sables for the ladies inspired the legends. On Black Friday of the 1929 crash, Gunther's delivered a $70,000 sable coat to a customer, needlessly worried about payment (the customer settled in 60 days). Later it sold a shopper two sable coats, one for herself and one for her sister. As a token of esteem, the shopper bought her maid a mink. The bill: $107,000. In 1949 Gunther's merged with an other old-line furrier, Jaeckel, Inc., founded in 1863.
Last week Manhattan's oldest fur store had a new owner. Walter Hoving's Hoving Corp., which already operates 60-year-old Bonwit Teller next door and nearby 121-year-old Tiffany & Co., added Gunther-Jaeckel, Inc. to its string. In taking control of Gunther-Jaeckel, Hoving got more of the kind of elegant tradition he likes, also a challenge to his merchandising skill (Gunther-Jaeckel last paid a dividend in 1945). But fellow merchants figured he would soon figure out a way to fit Gunther-Jaeckel into his spreading operation. Pursuing a policy of aggressive expansion, his Bonwit Teller already has two suburban branches operating in Manhasset, L.I. and White Plains, N.Y., a third projected (in Millburn, N.J.), plus stores in Chicago, Cleveland and Boston. For the present, Hoving will double up on some advertising and promotional costs, knock out a wall or two to throw the main Bonwit store and Gunther-Jaeckel together."

I have been asking a friend of  mine - great collector of coffee machines- who told me the manufacturer is still unknown!
So any person who can give details helping to trace its history will be welcome.

Oh!!!! You were looking at the neighboring machines made by Brevetti Robbiati in Milan!!!!
Keep in touch...

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