Any clues as to what was this business? Just a couple of blocks away is National Compressor Exchange.
According to Ted Ernst of Palo Verdes Estates, CA on January 28, 2007 in a search thread on the Bikelist dot org website:
Eisenmann was a sorta wild guy. He put his name on anything he could. Free Advertising! His last shop address we had was on Wyckoff Street in Brooklyn. My dad did business with Eisenmann back in the ’30s and I suspect that all German people affiliated with a NY German ethnic group was investigated by our authorities in the war, and rightly so. We never heard of any allegations of that sort, In fact right after the war when travel and racing started back up again, John Eisenmann and Ernie Seubert, (later cycling federation president) stayed at our house when they visited Chicago for a big bike race. It was always fun to hear Eisenmann talk Germanic English with a Brooklyn accent. – Search.Bikelist.org
Edward Albert, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Chappaqua, NY later added:
…He [Eisenmann] had a store in Ridgewood, Queens and Imported Durkopp’s and Siebers. He was also President of the GBSC – German Bicycle Sports Club — for a time. He may have been investigated during the war for pro Nazi activities but that is not strictly proven.
Stahl’s Pastry Shop Tel: Evergreen 2-9443
- Reader Gives Shopping Tour Of Myrtle Avenue Circa World War II – Times Newsweekly – Feb 5, 2004
- Germanophobia in the US – the anti-german hysteria and sentiment of the world wars, Volume 5
Louis Baunach – Prime Meats – New Sauerkraut – circa Early 1900s – Possibly Richmond Hill or Ridgewood, Queens
According to genealogy website Mocavo, A “Louis Baunach was born on September 10, 1879 and died on February, 1969 at the age of 90…. Louis’s last known place of residence was Richmond Hill, Queens County, New York.” I am not certain that this is the same Louis Baunach as in this image, which Vincenzo and I bought in a second-hand story in Fishs Eddy, NY almost two decades ago. It is also unclear as to whether or not these images were taken in Queens. Feel free to help solve this mystery.