It all began with exercise books, which the bookbinder Max Conrad produced in Breslau from 1888. Step by step, he expanded his company to include a print shop and a specialist paper store. Today, the integrated production of print products is once again an essential part of the Sportflieger DNA.
At the age of 56 Max Conrad handed over his company in 1918 to his children Herrmann, Richard and Luise. Above all, Richard, born in 1887, was to shape the fate of the company until his death in 1942. His wife Else continued to run the Breslau business until 1945.
New start in Berlin
Son Siegfried, born in 1919, was the third generation to run the bookbindery. In 1948, he opened a new location in Berlin – in Düsterhauptstraße in Hermsdorf. Siegfried Conrad remembers the hard times.
These were difficult years, because the currency reform siphoned off all the cintizens‘ money. Today it is unimaginable that I have bound 10,000 pocket calendars of 4 sheets each by hand under these circumstances. There were 40,000 sheets to be folded by hand as a 4-break, 40,000 sheets to be stitched with needle and thread, the covers to be produced manually, the book blocks to be trimmed with a lever trimmer, the year on the cover to be embossed with an iron under physical force and finished manually.
But the effort should bear fruit: With the takeover of Druckerei Walter Möller, the Conrad company expanded in 1963 and moved to Wachsmuthstraße 12 in Berlin-Hermsdorf. The print shop and bookbindery merged into one company.