H. MUNDLOS & CO.

1863   Magdeburg, Germany

In 1863, Mr. Heinrich August Mundlos  together with Mr. Hermann Schulz, founded a sewing machine factory in Magdeburg, Germany, which was called Mundlos & Schulz. The company initially produced transverse shuttle sewing machines according to the Singer system. The severe gait of this system soon led Mundlos to switch to Howe sewing machines system. 

1870. 33 employees.

In 1874, after the departure of his partner, H. Mundlos continued the company under his own name. At this time the metalworking machines were powered by steam engines with a power of 20 hp. 

In 1876 the later town councilor Rudolf Arendt (1851-1918) entered the company as representative. He became a member of the company in 1882 and exported under the company name of H. Mundlos & Co. . 

In 1882, the company launched its first own sewing machine under the Victoria brand name. This very light-running sewing machine helped the company to break through.

In 1884 the final location of the factory was moved to Lübecker Straße 8 in Magdeburg-Neustadt. 

April 1885 from the Sewing Machine Gazette

The well-known sewing machine manufactory Messrs. Mundlos & Co. of Magdeburg, which has been transferred last year to Neustadt-Magdeburg on account of the pressing necessity for increase of working room, produces actually a new special machine, called " La Victoire," and intended for domestic use.  

May 1886 from the Sewing Machine Gazette

The firm of Mundlos & Co., Magdeburg, Germany, have brought out a perfect imitation of the New Home machine, which they reproduce exactly, even to the ornamentation of the original. They couldn't use the name entire, so they took half of it, and called their imitation the "New Orleans" which was sufficiently American to suit their purpose. We imagine that the New Home Company, although doubtless flattered at the implied compliment to their machine, would have emphatically declined the flattery if they had been given a choice in the matter.

On the 15 June 1886, Messrs. Mundlos & Co.'s. sewing machine factory sustained a slight damage by fire.

By 1890 the range was extended  to five sewing machine sizes from the hand-held machine to the heavy-duty tailoring machine. Wring and washing machines were also included. The sales markets were located in Russia, France, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. 

February 1891
February 1891

 

1891-2. Tasmanian International Exhibition

 

1893 April. GB Patent 3.235. H. Mundlos and R. Arendt, for improvements in and connected with presser foots for sewing machines.

1893 December. US Patent 511.539. H. Mundlos, Magdeburg, Germany, presser foot for sewing machines.

1894 the trademark with the illustration of Heinrich Mundlos. 

 

 

1895. Lübeck Exhibition . Golden Medal

 

1896. The  Original  "Victoria" name protected by patent. (?)

Registered Trademark  No. 13173  (1906 Advert)
Registered Trademark No. 13173 (1906 Advert)

 

1900. About 600 employees.

In 1901, Mundlos revised his machines constructively and brought his first rotary machine to the market, taking account of the demand for larger bobbins. The program is thus extended to a total of eleven machines. 

 

1904. Petersburg Grand Prix & Grosse Goldene Medaille

 

1905. Gold Medals and other awards: 

Magdeburg * Lüttich * Albi

Grand Prix :   Castres * Narbonne 


 

 

1907.

1907 Advertisement
1907 Advertisement

 

From 1908 onwards Mundlos expanded his markets to South America, China and Japan and in (1910) developed a new patent.

 

In 1913, the 50th anniversary of the company. The sons of the company owners, engineer Richard Mundlos (1879-1954) and Dr. Ernst Arendt,  held important positions in the company.

Other two sons of the company founder, Mr. Heinrich Mundlos (1883-1965) and Mr. Rudolf Mundlos (1886-1969), entered the firm as commercial representatives, respectively in the technical and production area, which during this time the company was advertising with the registered logo "Mundlos" .

Inventions such as a semi-automatic hole punching machine and a buttonhole sewing machine in the years 1913 and 1914 further strengthened the position of the company .

1918. After the death of the co-owner Rudolf Arendt, all products were again marked Mundlos . 

 

In 1920, Mr. Mundlos, now 83 years  old, with the participation of the bank companies Delbrück, Schickler & Co., Carsch, Simon & Co. Komm. Ges. in Berlin,  converted the company into a stock corporation (A-G) with three million marks.

December  1922
December 1922

 

The board of directors consists of the previous owners Richard Mundlos and Dr. Ernst Arendt. 

The first Supervisory Board consists of the following members:

H. Mundlos senior as chairman. Kaufmann Rohde, in Fa. Otto Mansfeld & Co.. Dr, Belt, in Fa. Carsch, Simon & Co., Director Brandes, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Berlin, Dr. Körte, in Fa. Delbrück, Schickler & Co. and Engineer Ernst Neberg.

The Prokuren of Heinrich Mundlos jr. And Walter Hildebrandt remain.

Rudolf Mundlos and Willi Arendt are also appointed as additional authorized signatories.

 

1923. Mr. Heinrich Mundlos senior, the founder of the Mundlos-Nähmascbinentabrik in Magdeburg and current chairmen of the company, which had been converted into a stock corporation in 1920, was able to look back on a 60-year anniversary of his life's work on March 15, 1923, with full mental freshness at the age of 86. A new logo was made (see below).

At the company Mundlos Aktien-Geesilschaft In Magdeburg, at the General Meeting of Shareholders of May 3, 1923, it was decided to increase the share capital by 7,000,000 marks by issuing 7,000 bearer shares of 1,000 marks each. This increase has been made. The share capital now amounts to 12,000,000 marks (12,000 bearer shares at 1000 marks each). The new shares are issued at a price of 2757 per cent.

The General Meeting of Company approved the dividend of 1 Goldmark (1/20 of a Five-dollar treasury of the German Reich), d. H. 4150 per cent dividend, as well as under protest of a shareholder representing a vote.

Willi Arendt, the son of a previous owner, was elected to the Supervisory Board. The introduction of the shares in official Berlin traffic is planned

January 1926 advert
January 1926 advert

 

1924. The new Mundlos 222

1924
1924

 

In 1925 the Mundlos company that already produced exquisitely rotary sewing machine before the Great War, has created a new, epochal novelty sewing machine, the Universal Mundlos 222 Z.

It is a rotary machine (Mundlos 222) into which a zig-zag has been installed, thus the machine incorporates in itself a fast-sewing system and a zigzag sewing machine, which is both for foot and motor operation.

Since the price of this universal machine is kept so low that it can easily be exhausted by limited means, the trader is given an excellent means of traction for the sale.

MUNDLOS  222
MUNDLOS 222

 

In 1925 with the quick-seam zigzag machine Mundlos succeeded an epochal novelty in the household sewing machine construction. This was followed by the devices for changing over to embroidery and button sewing. 

In 1927, Mundlos introduced the first commercial electric motor. A gold Medal at the Budapest Exhibition.

1928 Advertisement
1928 Advertisement

 

In 1928 Friedrich Heinrich August  Mundlos died in Magdeburg. When Mundlos died the company counted about 1.300 workers and employees.  

At this time the company produces exclusively sewing machines.

1928  August   Advertisement
1928 August Advertisement

1928-9. The pioneer roller in the development of sewing machines was supported by the portable high-speed sewing machine made of light-metal casting. 

1929   Advertisement
1929 Advertisement
1929 March
1929 March

 

In 1932  the company launched a new serie of sewing machines: 

Klasse 79 M 

With electric drive and sewing light in elegant travel suitcase , available in black and also in three modern colors: red, blue and green. The motor is triggered by a versatile knee-lever trigger, which is placed in the luggage compartment when not in use

The machine is also available with a hand crank under the designation

79 H & 79 MH

1932 Klasse 79 M - 79 H  &  79 MH
1932 Klasse 79 M - 79 H & 79 MH

 

 

Between 1934-35 the company started a production of "cleaning kit", bayonet and who knows what else,  for the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1946.

www.wehrmacht-awards.com

 

In 1938  the 75th anniversary of the company.

1940. With the beginning of World War II, the firm was also compulsorily responsible for armament production in accordance with its prerequisites as a supplier of parts from the metal and wood processing industry. 

 

Last Patent
Last Patent

On January 16, 1945, in the bomb attack by American and British bombers, the largest parts of the factory and the company-owned museum were destroyed. The youngest son of the company founder, Rudolf Mundlos, had to lead the dismantling and packing of the space-filling machine tools for transport as reparation services to the Soviet Union. Thus the work of Mundlos, a pioneer and creator of the German sewing machine industry, came to an end.  

 

 

 

 

Liste für Haushalt und Gewerbe:

250 Z, ZL und ZB    Universal-Schnellnäher

125 Z-1 und Z-2       Universal - Nähmaschine  Zentralspule 

224              Rundgreifer-Schnellnähmaschine-Schnellnähmaschine

224 F           Rundgreifer-Schnellnähmaschine

115               Zentralschiff-Nähmaschine

111               Zentralschiff-Nähmaschine

90                  Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine

101               Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine

88                 Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine

79 M            Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine

 

Für Gewerbe und Industrie:

132                   Große Zentralschiff-Schneidernähmaschine

232               Rundschiff-Schnellnähmaschine

235                    Rundschiff-Schnellnähmaschine

260 Z und ZB  Gewerbe-Universal-Nähmaschine

 

Other Types of machines not mentioned on the above list

 

77      Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine   Family

99      Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine   Family

100    Schwingschiff-Nähmaschine   Medium

112

125

222     Rundschiff

224 T  Rundgreifer

250 B