Royal – ‘Royal’ Dutch drums from Amsterdam
On the first of February 1937
in Amsterdam a small business firm called ‘Looise
& Co’ is established. It is a little company
with only two partners, Mr. Looise and Mr. Bitter.
The company mainly produces small metal ware and parts
for some Amsterdam shipyards. When Bitter finds himself
another job and leaves the firm, Mr. Looise decides
to move his company to a well known working class
quarter in Amsterdam, called the ‘Jordaan’.
There, in the Bloemstraat on number 62, he rents a
basement and continues his little metal wares business.
During World War II, in the year 1942, Wim Vogel joins
the firm as a 15 year old student-metalworker. That
day, a long and intense co-operation starts between
the two men, and in fact … more than just that.
basements on Bloemstraat Street
as many other Dutch technical companies, the firm
of Looise and Vogel is forced to produce metal ware
for the German occupation army. But, they came up
with a very daring solution: they put out to contract
all the ‘German work’ to a Jewish person
in hiding who possesses a small milling machine. That
Jewish man secretly produces all the metal parts and
Looise and Vogel deliver the goods - as if it’s
all made by them personally- to the German commander
in Amsterdam. In the meantime they are working on
some other stuff, for instance record-changers. And
make good money of it.
Wim Vogel joins the firm as a 15
year old student-metalworker. Seen
here on the phone much older and