About the Bang and Olufsen Company

Svend Olufsen (born 1897) and his friend Peter Bang (born 1900), Both from Denmark started working together from the attic on the Olufsen family house late 1924. In 1925 they registered their business in the city of Struer and the B&O Company was a fact. Mr. Bang did the tech and production side and Mr. Olufsen did the sales and money side.

 

They worked hard and made some significant discoveries to which they scored some patents. Sound and later images made up the bulk of their products leading to radio’s and later television and sounds sets. Yet they also made electric razors until the middle of the 1950’s. Svend Olufsen died at age 52 in 1949 and Peter Bang died age 57 in 1957. Their Company kept going strong though. To make this more clear, find below the 1978 advertisements from B&O and Philips. There are definitely some differences in approach.

 

In the 1990’s the Bang and Olufsen brand was so well known and loved that they could open their own chain of B&O stores. Still selling high grade audio and visual equipment with wonderful design at high-end price.

Bang and Olufsen timeless product design

Most off their designs are ahead of their time, but when looking back, mostly not timeless. Yet their best product was designed as early as 1937. Thought up by Holger Krogh one of their earliest craftsman and designer. The bottle opener from around 1970 is showed below!

It became the most produced item from B&O and is still used today as a special gift to customers or on special events. Below is a picture the booklet B&O used somewhere in the 1980’s – 1990’s.
 
The current version has a black booklet and looks as shown below. In addition it has a full story on the designer and the circumstances it was designed in. The opener itself is still the same as the one shown above.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

It seems there is only 1 timeless design from Bang & Olufsen. Yet they made one big mistake. They changed the design a bit. I can imagine only because it would perform better, still. Why did they add a second bar in the “O”? So it seems even timeless design needs changing. Of course on www.vintagemanstuff.com you will only find the vintage designed B&O bottle opener!

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When a man is buying his stuff he unconsiously takes a few rules into account. First shopping must be easy, when there are not a lot of shops close together then better bought online. Second his stuff must have a good price-to-quality ratio. Third the stuff must have a practical function. And last, it must be cool. By cool we mean real man stuff, which of course difference from man to man. When it is cool enough, the first rules do not apply anymore (and the second rule can also be overlooked). Anyway….looking into vintage man stuff is the next logical step because it is mostly interesting and cool, do read our article on why to buy vintage. When you established that vintage man stuff is the way to go. Then the next question is, what vintage things should every man have?

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About every year I find a new serie to watch! Series seem to get better and better and the best series are not only made by Networks like HBO who we have to thank for Game of Thrones and FOX that produces the Walking Dead (and Fear the Walking Dead).  In addition we now see that Netflix under the Starz Label produces  great series like Spartacus and Black Sails.

New series by Netflix – Starz – American Gods

And now we have American Gods! Check the trailer if you have not become acquainted with it yet. The leading character goes by the name of Shadow Moon (no…really…I kid you not). He has the worst kind of wife….one that cheats on him with his friend and won’t stay dead either. He is by the way also the guy that plays “Lincoln the Grounder” in the series The 100.

What has American Gods got to do with Checkers?

In this first season (episodes 3 & 4) a good old checker board makes it’s entry. Checker used is also called Draughts, but just read the article to get up to speed: Bar games that we used to play: Checkers or Draughts. Pretty cool to see that even the gods like to play! Vintage Man Stuff Style that is: Smoking and in an old shirt!

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Suburbs in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s were the promise of a happy life for all people in America. Specially when you were not rich (yet) this was a part of town you could build your life from. This is the setting for the movie Suburbicon. A film produced by George Cloony and starring Matt Damon. See trailer below.

What starts off as a happy life got quickly sucked into a mafia-situation. Matt Damon seeks the solution to this situation in violence with a decent amount of theorizing from behind his vintage desk. The way he goes about his violence is understandable in his situation and his handling the situation often makes you laugh.

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How to make your social time into quality time?

Time off is great, time spend with your friends even better. When enjoying time with your friends, why not make it an experience? With a few vintage items you can create a whole different ambiance. when these items are interactive you are adding a entire different layer of fun, vintage fun.

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Grinding roasted coffee beans is hard work when doing it by hand.  So let’s call it a manly job! I like to share some information here on the art of coffee grinding for a great cup of coffee….vintage style.

History on the Coffee grinder

The first coffee grinders were probably generic grinders for all kinds of herbs, dating back to the 15th century and perhaps earlier…being downsides mills an all. The “first real coffee grinders” date back to 1600-something in England/Holland which was a direct link with the world wide overseas trading  they did. Spreading from these countries to the rest of the world. These by now higly  antique grinders are not much use in the every day proces of slow-coffee brewing.

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Checkers or Draughts is a game with a long history. The reason why it became an evergreen is because it is a very straightforward game with little rules. Most obvious reason for this is the fact that all pieces are the same. Same size, same value, only different colors for both parties. You could basically play the game with rocks or seashell if you found enough that look the same…:).

Since it would probably take you more time to hunt for the rocks or seashell then to play several games. It would be easier to have a set of standard stones and a board at your desposal. I asume that in the past one would bring 2 branches and a hand saw and make a set when needed! A few beer caps would do the trick as well. But if you have to drink them first I am not sure if you make it to play!

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Ever thought about getting a hobby? Thought about starting a collection. To me collecting is a rewarding hobby indeed. And it seems many people see it the same way. When looking into the field of collecting it seems that there are one or more collectors out there. Today we find each other through the power of the Internet. In this article I want to shine some light on the different Collections out there.

It is hard to make a list based on the popularity of the collected items so I will create three separate lists in alphabetic order. The first lists will contain the hottest fields of collecting. The second list will contain collections that are popular for very long time and probably will be in future. The last list will contain the more obscure or less known fields of collecting. I can see this is being a work in progress, so I will be adding to and shifting between lists over time. Addition’s from readers highly appreciated.

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