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 hand embroidered officers insignia to the front. The centerband features a machine woven pattern of oak leaves and acorns along a waving stem. Stitching is pulled loose in the center of the visor but is still held in place on either side. Cap is complete with its original chincord and buttons. To the interior of the cap is a leather sweatband (complete but has several tears), and a medium blue-colored silk lining. A celluloid sweat diamond is to the interior crown. Original DAF/RZM oilcloth tag. Roughly a size 60.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****                             PRICE $600.00

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