The empire of my forebears. The text reads: Specialty: Overcoats and fabrics
Sometime in the second half of the 19th century, a young man by the name of Heinrich Stall, loaded a few spools of tapestry yarn onto a wheelbarrow and set out from Germany, on foot, to The Netherlands. After some lengthy trekking and a good deal of hardship, he arrived in Amsterdam.
There he got married, and ended up running a rather succesful business, buying and selling yarn. Over the years, and a few generations later, it had evolved into what looks like a fairly big clothing enterprise, considering the image above was created at the beginning of the 20th century. I found the image on a postcard when I was emptying my fathers’ house after he passed away a few years ago, and I recently came across it again, so I thought it would be a nice little background story.