A. L. Bruns & Söhne - A. L. Bruns & Söhne

Invoice form dated 1915 with an engraving from the tobacco factory on Hildesheimer Strasse in Hanover-Wülfel ;
Printing: Carl Weddigen, Barmen

AL Bruns & Sons short even Bruns & Sons called, [1] was one of the most important tobacco - [2] and cigarettes - factories in Hannover . The last location of the company, which was founded in the 19th century and discontinued in the 1970s, was Hildesheimer Strasse in the Wülfel district of Hanover . [3]


Wrapping paper for chewing tobacco with the legally protected trademark "Tobacco with the Spider "; around 1910
Advertisement "Bruns cigars" on the gable wall in Berlin (Potsdamer Strasse).

The time of the Kingdom of Hanover in 1820 in the residential town founded Hannover [3] tobacco, cigars - and cigarette factory [2] recorded the Hannoversche address book for the 1821 first as Bruns and Meyer, tobacco factory at the address Market Street 488 . [4] Of these manufacturers, August Ludwig Bruns was the namesake of the company later also called AL Bruns . [5]

In the early days of the German Empire , AL Bruns & Sons registered their tobacco packaging under number 12 for trademark protection at the now ( royal Prussian ) district court of Hanover on May 20, 1875 . [6]

In 1890 the company AL Bruns & Sons moved its location to the then still independent village of Wülfel, where the company moved into various new buildings. [3]

The company's trademark , "Tobacco with the Spider", was emblazoned on the street front on Hildesheimer Strasse and showed a spider in its self-made web. [3]

A temporary partner in the tobacco factory was Albert Winkelhoff, father of the later junior boss and authorized signatory Werner Winkelhoff (born August 9, 1895 in Hanover), who married the actress and dancer Jutta Ilse Zambona (born August 28, 1901 in Hildesheim) in 1920 . The marriage only lasted until the divorce in 1924; Zambona then married the writer Erich Maria Remarque, who worked for the rubber goods manufacturer Continental AG in Hanover as an editor for the magazine Echo Continental . [7]

On December 16, 1976, the last as e. K. in the commercial register at the Hanover District Court under the number HRA 15275 deleted. [8] Soon after operations ceased, the factory buildings were demolished. As a result, a free religious denomination set up on the former company premises; [3] The Mormons built a meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here . [9]


  • Albert Winkelhoff: Commemorative publication for the 100th anniversary of the AL Bruns & Sons company in Hanover-Wülfel. July 1820–1920 , König & Ebhardt, Hanover 1920 [10]

Archival material

Archival material from and about the company can be found, for example


Commons : AL Bruns & Sons - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Compare the information in the catalog of the German National Library (DNB)
  2. ^ A b Ludwig Hoerner : Tobacco factories and shops , in ders .: Agents, bathers and copists. Hannoversches Gewerbe-ABC 1800–1900 . Ed .: Hannoversche Volksbank , Reichold, Hannover 1995, ISBN 3-930459-09-4 , p. 438f .; here: p. 439
  3. a b c d e Rainer Ertel : Coffee and tobacco , in this: There was something. Looking for traces in Hanover , 2nd edition, Norderstedt: Books on Demand, 2018, ISBN 978-3-7528-8020-5 and ISBN 3-7528-8020-1 , pp. 60f .; limited preview in Google Book search
  4. Alphabetical list of the local residents with comments on their business, the streets in which they live and the house number , in: Hannoversches Adreß-Buch for the year 1821 , Hanover: Königliche Hof-Buchdruckerei SL Lamminger and Rosenbusch, 1821, p. 26; Digitized version of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library
  5. ^ Karl Karmarsch , Theodor Oldekop (Red.): Communications from the trade association for the Kingdom of Hanover , born 1842–1843 or delivery 28–43, Hanover: in commission of the Hahn'schen Hofbuchhandlung, 1843, column 375f .; Digitized via Google books
  6. ^ MW Lassally (ed.): The trademark protection. General Register of Signs for the German Empire , Berlin: MW Lassally, 1875, p. 33; limited preview in Google Book search
  7. Anna Eunike Röhrig : Ilse Jutta Zambona - a biographical sketch / Erich Maria Remarque's two-time wife came from Hildesheim , in Thomas F. Schneider (Red.): Erich Maria Remarque yearbook = Erich Maria Remarque yearbook , published on behalf of Erich -Maria-Remarque-Friedenszentrums Osnabrück, Volume XVI (2006), Göttingen: V & R unipress; Osnabrück: Universitäts-Verlag, 2006, ISBN 3-89971-335-4 , pp. 90-95; here: p. 91; limited preview in Google Book search
  8. Compare the information on the northdata.de page
  9. Jens Schade: Back then in Wülfel: The old tobacco factory , on the myheimat.de page from June 18, 2011, last accessed on March 15, 2019
  10. Compare the information in the DNB catalog
  11. Compare the information in the archive information system Lower Saxony and Bremen on the page arcinsys.niedersachsen.de

Coordinates: 52 ° 19 ′ 49.7 " N , 9 ° 46 ′ 29.8" E