A. Drygas (1898-1939, production of instruments: about 1917 (1922?) - Ca 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, grand pianos and harmonium, accompanied later (around 1908), repair shop, after the death of the founder (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 "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 approximately 1,935 abandoned altogether. 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, he 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 (Anthony Drygas, Dr. classical philology, was a teacher in high school). After returning to Poznan became a partner in his father's (ran a repair shop from around 1912), and after his death (1917 or 1922) developed the business by opening a factory. He participated in the creation of Wielkopolska (got a medal). After the 1935 limited to trade and repair of pianos during the war worked in the resistance (got a medal), while factory buildings completely burned in 1945. After the war he continued his repair workshop, already at a different address; was also the government's plenipotentiary directing other assets factories 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 parish authorities 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.
The total number of instruments produced 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 for an average over the entire production period, the total number of produced pianos instruments oscillate around 1000-1400 (depending on whether the production started in 1917 and, as confident, 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 the year 1925. However, it is uncertain whether any digit is not added to the number of artificially . Can not be excluded that piano No. 5871, in fact, is only 871 produced instrument. In this light, the largest known number Drygas piano - 6610 - could mean 1610. 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, in 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 - ul. 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 company were in Warsaw, Gdynia and Bydgoszcz.
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