Bombay: Wasserträger. Water carrier.
Bombay, circa 1899-1901. Original miniature gelatin silver print photographic trading card, numbered and captioned in both German and English, “Wasserträger / Water carrier.” Number 35 from a series titled, “Photographien aufgenommen and gesammelt von Gustav Boehm Offenbach a.M. gelegentlich seiner Reise um die Welt 1899-1901 / Views Taken and Collected by Gustav Boehm Offenbach a.M. During his Voyage Around the World, 1899-1901.” Produced in Germany circa 1901 and issued by his German Soap Company. Item measures approximately 6 x 8,5 cm, verso blank. Very good, original condition, a crisp image.
In 1855 Gustav Boehm of Offenbach am Main, founded the firm Gustav Boehm Toilettenseifen- und Parfümeriefabrik, which operated until 1929. This fine view was acquired on a world tour from 1899 to 1901, likely made by Gustav Boehm of Offenbach, Jr. (1855-1911), the founder’s eldest son and namesake, Gustav senior having passed away in Offenbach in November 1900.
Gustav Böhm (1827-1900), born in Offenbach am Main, was a manufacturer of perfume and toiletries establishing a large firm there. He also served as a politician (NLP), and a member of the second chamber of the estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse and the Reichstag (parliament).
After a commercial apprenticeship and some trade, from 1848-1852 he lived in North America. Not finding his ventures as lucrative as desired, he returned to Germany and in 1855 founded a small soap factory, which grew rapidly and quickly became the “Gustav Boehm Toilettenseifen- and Parfumeriefabrik Offenbach”, and expanded into London in 1880. One of their very popular Eau De Cologne, sought after all over the world, was the Rhine Lavender.
Besides being a businessman Böhm was actively committed to the city and county governments, the Chamber of Commerce, the Hesse state parliament and the German Reichstag. From 1878-1888 he was a member of the second chamber of the estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, held a seat in parliament for the constituency of Hessen 5 (Offenbach, Dieburg). In the general election in 1890, he lost the constituency by 2000 votes to Carl Ulrich. In 1890 he held a position in the Offenbach Chamber of Commerce.
On November 6, 1900 Gustav Böhm died in Offenbach. His two sons Gustav Jr. and Theodor continued company operations. In 1929 it closed under bankruptcy.