BACKGROUND: Free Trade Unions in Germany were dissolved when the Nazis came to power in 1933, their members being absorbed into the newly created DAF, "Deutsche Arbeitsfront" (German Labor-front). The DAF was originally a sub-section of the NSDAP, but became an affiliated organization by 1936, and was the largest of all of the various Nazi organizations. The stated aims of the DAF were to create a national community of German professional and manual laborers, and to educate them in National Socialist principles. Membership was voluntary, but most workers chose to join to take advantage of the entertainment, sport, and travel opportunities provided by the attached KdF, "Kraft durch Freude" (Strength through Joy), welfare organization. The Volkswagen, for example, was a KdF project designed to provide German workers with a reliable and inexpensive vehicle, initially being called the "KdF Wagen."

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: First introduced in 1934, and based on the "Zivil-Mütze" pattern common at that time, the cap features a one-piece circular crown, a body with seams to each of its cardinal points, a one-piece, black silk, ribbed center band, whose vertical seam is to the reverse, and a blackened fiber visor. Its piping is the same color as the crown and body. Textbook DAF cap badge to the front. The centerband features a machine woven pattern of oak leaves and acorns along a waving stem. Cap is complete with its original chinstrap and buttons. The visor has black lacquered muslin edging sewn to it. To the interior of the cap is a tan-colored leather sweatband, and a medium blue-colored silk lining. A celluloid sweat diamond is to the interior crown, underneath of which, printed in silver, is the DAF logo. Original DAF/RZM oilcloth tag. Approximately a size 56. Nice     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                                                 PRICE $425.00

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