A. Drygas (1898-1939, production of instruments: approx. 1917 (1922?) - Approx. 1935) - label pianos in Poznan ; family business owned by Anthony Drygas (21.V.1847-13.V.1917) and his son, Jerome Casimir Drygas (30.IX.1891-16.X.1968).
Founded by Anthony Drygas in 1898, the pianos and harmonium, accompanied later (approx. 1908) repair shop, after the death of the founder (in 1917, or even, as considered Rottermund, 1922) was transformed by the son of a factory pianos, still operating under the the name "Anthony Drygas" and "Greater Piano Factory", or the "Greater steam piano factory" (pianos of this company are unknown and rather never existed).
In connection with the crisis years of 1929-1935, the production of pianos first reduced, and approx. Ceased completely in 1935. Still, manufactured pianos were very good quality (including numerous award-winning exhibitions) and to this day are often found on the secondary market.
Kazimierz Drygas (1891-1968), son of company founder Anthony Drygas, was a student and an employee of several German piano factories, including Eduard Seiler in Legnica . He was born in Fulda, where his father was exiled for teaching in Poznan in Polish (Antoni Drygas, Dr. classical philology, was a teacher in high school). After returning to Poznan became a partner of his father (ran a repair shop of approx. 1912), and after his death (1917 or 1922) developed the business by opening a factory. He took part in the uprising Wielkopolska (received a medal). After 1935 was limited to trade and repairs pianos during the war worked in the resistance (got a medal), while factory buildings completely burned down in 1945 after the war continued to carry out a repair workshop, already at a different address; was also the attorney for the government directing the remaining property of the factory Ed. Seiler in Legnica.
On the issue of commencement of production: knowing how to look socio-political situation in Poznan during World War I the Greater Poland Uprising, fighting for the Polish city - it is hard to imagine that in such a critical time, when the metal was walking to the needs of the Prussian army ( Poznan authorities headlights and numerous other instruments can co-bit to say about the expropriation of their pipes at the time ...), whoever started as a risky venture, as the production of pianos. Production can take place when found increased demand for pianos and the case promised to be profitable. In this respect, the year 1922 looks much more sensibly than in 1917.
Whole instruments manufactured by the factory "A. Drygas "is not known. Vogel provides the information that since 1922 the production of pianos was 6 instruments per month. If we assume this number as an average over the entire production period, the total number of produced pianos oscillate around 1000-1400 instruments (depending on whether the production started in 1917 and which surely, in 1922.); However, this is just speculation, because certainly there are more pianos. Rottermund indicates the existence of a piano number 5871, dating it around. 1,925 a year. However, it is uncertain whether any digit is not added to the number artificially . Can not be excluded that the piano No. 5871 is in fact only 871 produced instrument. In this light, the largest known number Drygas piano - 6610 - 1610 could mean piano.
Pianos were signed "A. Drygas, Poznan ". In this way, Kazimierz commemorated the memory of his father.
Participation in exhibitions:
- 1928, Paris - Grand Prix gold medal
- 1928 Vilnius - gold medal
- 1928, Katowice - gold medal
- 1929, Poznan (Universal national show) - a great gold medal, Diploma of Merit medal state
- 1929 ?, Florence - a great gold medal.
Company Address in Poznan:
- (1898, composition) - st. Knights 33 (corner St. Marcin)
- (1917) - factory - st. Kantaka 4 (including management and composition)
- (1927) - st. Kantaka 5
- (C. 1930) - st. Półwiejska 22
- (1934) - Factory ul. Wrzesińska 18; management and composition - ul. Kantaka 5
Affiliates and bonded companies were in Warsaw, Gdynia and Bydgoszcz.
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