Eduard Bormae

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Bor Maß department store, around 1908
Postcard "Greetings from Hanover" from the publishing house of the S. Wronker & Co. Nachf. Department store , sent by post in 1898

Eduard Bormass was a German merchant and retail - entrepreneurs . He was a co- owner of the first department store in Hanover , which opened in 1899 and which was located on the corner property at Große Packhofstraße / Heiligerstraße in what is now the Mitte district . The Karstadt sports and hobby house was later built on the property .


Instead of an older retail store, S. Wronker & Co. , the company, which initially traded under Eduard Bor Maß & Wronker Nachf. And later called Eduard Bor Maß & Co. Nachf. , Opened on September 1, 1899. Hanover's first department store had around 200 employees on four floors the customers almost all goods of daily use, but initially without food . In the address book of the city of Hanover from 1900, the company recommended itself as

In the years 1905 to 1908 the office building was built according to plans by the architects Rudolf Schröder and Rud. Hermann rebuilt. Now the Bor Maß department store was the prelude to a series of other modern department stores and department stores , mostly of reinforced concrete construction with large-scale glazed facades, especially in the extension of the street in Seilwinderstraße , such as Sältzer , Molling & Co. , Sternheim & Emanuel and other. Advertised in 1913 as the “largest department store in the province of Hanover ”, the Bor Maß company - together with its competitors - attracted a “bustling, pressing crowd” and, in particular, strangers to the narrow street that had risen to become one of Hanover's main shopping streets.

After the First World War , the Bor Maß department store changed its offerings: from 1921 on, groceries were also offered in addition to household goods, fabrics , clothing, haberdashery and shoes.

In 1927 the company was sold to Rudolph Karstadt AG in Hamburg, but initially operated by the department store chain Lindemann & Co. KG (which had been based in Berlin since 1887 ) until the two companies merged in 1929 , the year the global economic crisis broke out , and Karstadt then the Bor Maß department store continues to operate under its own management. In the last years of the Weimar Republic increasing anti-Semitic propaganda campaigns took place, for example by the German National People's Party (DNVP), which described the inner-city department stores and unit price stores as Jewish inventions, as “the most pronounced forms of Jewish parasitism”. As early as January 1929, a leaflet was distributed in Hanover in which the department stores located in Grosse Packhofstrasse and Seilwinderstrasse , for example, were dubbed “robbery institutes” that the “working Germans” would systematically plunder.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Waldemar R. Röhrbein: Bor Maß - Eduard B. In: Stadtlexikon Hannover , p. 75. (see literature )
  2. ^ The royal capital and residence city of Hanover. Festschrift for the inauguration of the town hall in 1913. Gebrüder Jänecke, Hanover 1913, p. 60. ( preview on Google books )
  3. ^ A. Goldschmidt: Hanover and Hildesheim. Practical guide. (= Grieben travel guide , vol. 151.) 2nd, revised edition, Grieben-Verlag, Berlin 1914, p. 45. ( Preview of Google books )
  4. Klaus Mlynek : Hanover in the Weimar Republic and in National Socialism 1918–1945. In: Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein (ed.): History of the City of Hanover, Volume 2: From the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 1994, ISBN 3-87706-364-0 , pp. 405–478, here p. 460. ( Preview of Google books )

Coordinates: 52 ° 22 ′ 27 "  N , 9 ° 44 ′ 13.8"  E