A. Drygas (1898-1939, production of instruments: approx. 1917 (1922) - approx. 1935) - piano factory in Poznan; a family business owned by Anthony Drygas (21.V.1847-13.V.1917) and his son, Jerome Kazimierz Drygas (30.IX.1891-16.X.1968).
Founded by Anthony Drygas in 1898, the pianos and harmonium, accompanied later (c. 1908) repair shop, after the death of the founder (1917, or even considers how Rottermund, 1922) was transformed by the son of the factory pianos, acting still under 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, production of pianos, first reduced, and approx. 1935 ceased altogether. Nevertheless, manufactured pianos were very good quality (including many award-winning exhibitions) and today are commonly seen on the secondary market.
Kazimierz Drygas (1891-1968), son of the founder Anthony Drygas, was a student and an employee of a few German factories piano, 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 he became a partner in his father's (ran a repair shop of approx. 1912), and after his death (1917 or 1922) developed the business by opening a factory. He participated in the Greater Poland Uprising (got a medal). After 1935 was limited to trade and repairs pianos, during the war worked in the resistance movement (got a medal), while factory buildings completely burned down in 1945. After the war he continued his repair workshop, already at a different address; He was also the representative of the government directing the remaining property of the factory Ed. Seiler in Legnica.
As for the issue of commencement of production: knowing what she looked like socio-political situation in Poznan during World War I, the Greater Poland Uprising, fights for the Polish city - it is hard to imagine that in such a hot time when the metal was walking to the needs of the Prussian army ( Poznan authorities headlights and many other instruments can co-little to say about the expropriation of their pipes at the time ...), whoever started such a risky venture, as the production of pianos. Production can take place whenever a increased demand for pianos and the case promised to be profitable. In this respect, 1922 looks much more sensibly than in 1917.
Whole instruments produced by the factory "A. Drygas "is not known. Vogel who informed that since 1922 the production of pianos was 6 instruments per month. If we assume this number by the average during the entire production period, the total number of pianos manufactured instruments oscillate around 1000-1400 (depending on whether production started in 1917, or as confident in 1922.); However, these are only speculations, he certainly created more pianos. Rottermund indicates the existence of a piano number 5871, dating them approx. 1925. However, it is uncertain whether any number is not added to the number artificially. It can not be excluded that piano No. 5871 is in fact 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, Poznan (National Exhibition) - great gold medal, Diploma of Merit, the medal state
- 1929 ?, Florence - great gold medal.
Company address in Poznań:
- (1898, composition) - st. Knight's 33 (corner St. Martin)
- (1917) - factory - ul. Kantaka 4 (including the management and composition)
- (1927) - st. Kantaka 5
- (c. 1930) - st. Półwiejska 22
- (1934) - factory ul. Wrzesińska 18; management and composition - st. Kantaka 5
Affiliates and bonded companies were in Warsaw, Gdynia and Bydgoszcz.
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