BACKGROUND: Mitropa is a large catering company for various German railway dining and sleeping cars that was founded in 1916. The word "Mitropa" is an acronym for "Mitteleuropa". During this time they took over the operations of "Compagnie International des Wagons-Lits" or CIWL as it was an enemy owned company. In 1933, through the process of "Gleichschaltung", the company operated a limited business in territories controlled by the German Army including a railway station restaurant in occupied Poland. By 1942, all dining car services were stopped with the last sleeping car connections terminated in 1944.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A black wool body with a Mitropa enamel badge, bright pink piping to the center band, as well as the stitching of the word "Mitropa". The enamel to the badge is not complete as there is a small section missing. An adjustable, single prong buckle chin strap is held in place by domed black buttons. The interior is fully lined with the original sweatshield that features the manufacture name and logo for Willy Sprengpfell, Hamburg 19, the date of 1941, as well as the size "57". Complete sweatband. Rare cap!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $900.00

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