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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

To the contributors of this Blog: THANK YOU!

Dear Readers,

Creating this Blog is dream come true.

Believe me, i wouldn't have, in my wildest dreams, thought to ever find the relatives of the manufacturers i cherish, let alone meeting some of them. Nor to find so many artifacts, articles, magazines, leaflets, patents, archives... and machines. Nor would i have thought i would meet charismatic people out there that i now treasure to be my friends.

I remember very well the day i got told, by someone wiser than me: "I know the answer, but i won't tell you", to which my wife added: "me too". This "smart" remark led to the personal motto of this Blog nearly 2 years ago: I didn't know a thing and was well prepared to tell it to the world. 

My passion for these manufacturers caused many many sleepless nights. Retrospectively, it would be dishonest not to admit that both my interest, my eager and ever growing ability to find information exceed what some might say is the norm. In my defence: Not in a lifetime was i to think there was so much to be found on the subject. It has been a treat, a gift of life: being able to write the Blog one would have wished to find right at the start, that's plain luxury, an amateur's dream.

All things considered though, I am convinced anyone - with a minimum of interest - could have done this research. This is not false modesty. It is so obvious to me that no reliable information was to be found back then, because nobody tried and/or cared. If i can make an advise here to people who wish to research the history of the coffee machine they collect, just dare ask and never look back! There is always a way. It can be done: i am the living proof. You will never regret it. Probably the biggest challenge i have faced was to learn to ignore the insults of a few persons who think they own the monopoly on what they call the "truth". No worries though: The highest you climb the mountain, the less you'll hear the goats baa in the valley. 

I take this occasion today to thank all the cooperative, patient, kind and willing families - Delle Vedove, Sassoon, Simon, Stern, Robbiati & Tarditi -, open-hearted friends, passionate collectors (If i can name three: the legendary Lucio Del Piccolo, the enthusiast Monsieur "A", and Sébastien), interested local journalists, conscientious museum employees, meticulous patent officers, precise commerce chamber employees, helpful mayors, professional librarians and motivated taxi-drivers for their time and altruism... and all the online auction websites users who, realising  my fascination in their items, sent me extra information, a scan, a photo... all little pieces of information without which i couldn't have quenched my thirst for knowledge, fuelled my curiosity. I am very well aware that the Blog would not have been what it is without every single of the individuals involved.

Love, Peace, Harmony,
& be curious!!!
Mik "Knatterton" Janvier


(Samuel Beckett)

It is better to fail in originality,
than to succeed in imitation.

(Herman Melville)

For Leaflets, Patents, Adverts, Photos of my Collection, go to my Flickr page


Saturday, 30 April 2022


More than once, i was amused by the claim "World patent" on a Bon Trading leaflet see Here

That's until my Hungarian translator noticed the above mentionned word on this Szigony leaflet Here (around 1948-9)





 It has been TEN YEARS i am asking owners of leaflets

 - either on this Blog or on Flickr -

 to send a scan to me.

It has NEVER happened.

Every copy/scan i published where the result of "personal contact", aka email/messages,

more than often on Ebay, the rest from kind collectors.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Did Bahco-Condrup Ltd. continue selling Robbiati's coffee machines after A. & M.G. stopped the production?

 Here is the Bahco-Condrup Ltd. leaflet i am referring to: Here

You can make a worthy contribution to this Blog and my knowledge by sending me a scan of the following leaflet. Many Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Find an elderly person who understand old fashionned Magyar

 That is what i did.


The google translation didn't make much sense. So i went to see a elderly former librarian lady, originating from Hungary who translated it for me:


She: We don't use those words anymore, how old is the article?

Me: 2012

She: Then the writer has known those times.


"Black" means independent. (Red meant Gouvernement-near)

So Imre Simon was a perfectionnist, he was famous for it. He was running the best "Black" business.

He also left some impressions among its customers, admonesting customers for not taking care of their machines, that they bought 30 years ago, when they brought them for repair.

His wife was the lightnig rod. She is also described as "more forgiving, understanding and empathetic".

I posted a picture of her already in 2013:



I am glad i am researching the history of Robbiati's coffee makers.

Anything after 1989 is so ludicrous.

Here, the authorised repairers for Bon Trading Pty Ltd is using a picture of Jack Grieve on their website.


Jack Grieve's (Australian Bellman CX-66 reseller) picture:


It reminds me of a recent post:


Also this: on Bon Trading's website you will read:

"we are very proud of our role in introducing the ATOMIC to Australia and preserving its manufacture for generations to come"

There are good reasons to think that's nowhere near what they think they are:

_ Patent registration in Australia in 1949 here

_ Advert David Jones from 1958 here, another one here

Preserving the manufacture:

_ S.T.E.M.A.C. closed in 1989, 6 years after BREVETTI ROBBIATI (here)