The Maestri Company

Founded in Milano, Italy by Romeo Maestri in 1919 the Company first manufactured various kinds of seals like string safety seals, seals for mills and post parcels. Maestri’s wife and two children helped to run the Company. His son Bruno Meastri introducing a new product in the 1930’s. The office stapler. He launched the RO-MA (Romeo Maestri) stapling plier, followed by TENAX and PROTOFIX desk stapler (shown below and also for sale here).

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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.

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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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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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I like vintage cameras for their looks, not so much for their picture taken qualities. I am not an expert on cameras and my photography skills are restricted to using my iPhone. But I really like to toy around with them. When looking at a vintage camera it is not always easy to determine their age so that is something I will go into in this article. One vintage camera can make you fall in love with the design and the technical features. But a collection of vintage cameras can really get my vintage hart going wild. Of course the way you they are displayed can make all the difference, below a picture of some of my personal pieces.

my vintage camera collection

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There are several things I am interested in. Amongst these are drinking beer, collecting and vintage stuff. Resulting in picking up vintage beer mugs whenever I can. I think the region I live in is very good for this. In the Netherlands we have several world famous breweries like Heineken. But being close to Germany, Belgium and France results in very different styles, brands and ages for picking out these great vintage beer mugs. The top pictures shows a few and how I hang them in my man cave.

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