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The 1920s: Crisis an Opportunity

Worldwide, the 1920s were a period of radical economical change. The Deutsche Reich compensation payments for the First World War were primarily shipments of goods – in this case industrial equipment, supplies and machines, all of which were dismantled in Germany and delivered to the victor power countries. The German industry found itself in a process of starting from new – which actually turned out to be an inestimable advantage: The war had triggered a worldwide industrial thrust of development. In Germany, the development of new technologies could quickly be transferred to civilian purposes, as no old and out of date equipment was present to stall the progress.

In the 1920s, the implementation of new work techniques and modern, more productive machines forced the industrial companies to make risky investments, leaving many without work at the end. Hans Hoffmann's situation wasn't all-promising either. He even considered looking for new opportunities in South America. The bags were already packed when a substantially large order came in, causing him to decide to stay in Germany.

Loading platform for the German Post, 1932

This potato flake machine was
delivered to Russia in 1935

© Hans Hoffmann GmbH & Co 2000 Text & Layout: Ö/K/O/M GbR, Münster (mst )