BRUNSVIGA - Gehirn von Stahl. Table display cabinets in Room 1

“Deeds of parcels of land and buildings conc.”

Transaction book with notarial copies of contracts from the 1860s to the 1880s.

The book is open on a copy of the contract of August 29 1871 between “manufacturer Carl August Merkel” and “trader Julius Clemens Maria Albert Natalis” by notary August Hornig. Merkel sold three parcels of land with houses and

“the complete assembled inventory present on the lot, aside from the object, tools, machines and stock of sewing machines of any kind, both ready and being built, that belong to the sewing machine company, for the price of forty thousand seven hundred and fifty Thaler to both companies A. Natalis & Co and C. Grimme & Co.”

In 1871 Albert Natalis and Carl Grimme bought several factories and established “Grimme, Natalis & Co” as a limited partnership with shareholders.

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“Grimme & Natalis Factory”

Not dated (around 1866-1871)

The photograph before the factory building appears to date from before the fusion to “Grimme, Natalis & Co”. The reason for the photograph was the manufacturing of the 1000th sewing machine.

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Balance on 31st of December 1892

June 12 1893

The start of the calculating machine manufacture also appears in the company report for 1892 and 1893. In 1892, the bookkeeping records feature e.g. a “calculator start-up fund” of 11170 Mk.

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Promotional stamps

Undated (approx. 1919)

The stamps show e.g. the inventors of the calculating machine B. Pascal (1623-1662), G.W. Leibniz (1646-1716), P.M. Hahn (1739-1790) Ch. Babbage (1791-1871) and the mathematician C.F. Gauss (1777-1855)

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Celebratory booklet “20.000”.

1912, 36 pages, many illustrations

“GNC” published, after 20 years of calculator manufacture and 20.000 calculators constructed, this luxuriously equipped celebratory booklet. Due to it, the company earned the reputation to spread “cultural advertising”. The cover was designed by Ludwig Hohlwein (1874-1949) from Munich, one of the most famous graphic artists for publicity at the time.

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G-N-C Monatsschriften

March 1913

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Minutes of the board meetings


The hand-written minutes from 1903 to 1924 offer a look into the most diverse occurrences and decisions in the daily company life at “GNC”. In the report of the 12th of July and the 26th of September, the meeting entailed the sale of the Swedish FACIT machine, manufactured by Alex Wibel , under the BRUNSVIGA name, due to supply problem, and the nomination of Dr. Hoffmeister to the board of directors.

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