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Post WWII Occupied Germany
The Allied powers who defeated Nazi Germany in World War II divided the country west of the Oder–Neisse line into four occupation zones for administrative purposes during 1945–1949. The American Zone, British Zone, French Zone & Soviet Zone.
Karl Hartmann Optik Wetzlar 117 6x30 binoculars made in US-Zone Germany.
Karl Hartmann was born on June 25, 1888. In 1903 at the age of 15 he decided he wanted a career in optics and he started as an optics student to make prisms and lenses in the optical workshop of Moritz Hensoldt in Wetzlar, Germany. In 1906 he joined the Leitz company and was responsible for the prism production until 1921, with an interruption of employment from 1915 - 1918 when he joined the German military because of Germany's involvement in WWI. After his duty, he returned to Leitz, but had ambitions of starting his own optical workshop. On November 17, 1921 his dream was realized and he opened Hartmann Optik, producing eyepieces and objective lenses for microscopes made by Stiendorf & Co., but he also produced theatre binoculars, telescopes, lenses & prisms for Fullgrabe, Beck & Keiner.
In 1936 Hartmann introduced his first line of Hartsmann Porro prism binoculars. During WWII, the Hartmann Optik had to change to the production of airplane parts, so the binocular production stopped. After WWII he tried to restart his optical workshop, but the Allied Forces did not allow the production of binoculars, therefore he started with the production of spectacle lenses, magnifying glasses and small theatre binoculars (so-called Holland type binoculars), the Hartmann Gilda and the Hartmann Martha which had a leather covering. In 1948 the Allied Forces again allowed the production of binoculars, but it was not allowed to print “Made in Germany” on the instruments, so now the binoculars were engraved with the text: “Hartmann-Wetzlar, made in US-zone”.
(this information found on wikipedia).
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