Above, from a useful publication I found years ago among my late father-in-law's effects.
Herman Behr arrived from Hamburg, Germany in Brooklyn, New York at the age of three in company with his family. He eventually became involved with his father's hardware company and then became interested in "pouncing paper" involved in the finishing of hats. He established his own firm, Herman Behr & Company, in 1872. Several of his brothers joined him and the firm prospered, being incorporated in 1911. By 1922, the company occupied four and a half acres and employed nearly 300 people. Below, an ad from 1923:
As an interesting aside, one of Herman Behr's sons, Karl, was a survivor of the Titanic disaster. The Behr mansion in Brooklyn also has an interesting story. After the family sold it in 1919, it became the Palm Hotel, which devolved into a brothel in its declining years. In 1961, it was re-purposed as a home for Franciscan brothers. There's irony for you.
"How to Sharpen" is one of many guides that Behr-Manning offered in the 1950's. I've scanned and uploaded the entire 20-page document here.
|Popular Mechanics, April 1957|