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Giuseppe Borsalino 1834 - 1934

Giuseppe Borsalino 1834 - 1934 from the from the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg , Germany collection. This is going to take some time because the text portion is over 10 pages so please be patient.

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Photo: Guisppe Borsalino 1834 - 1934


Giuseppe Borsalino was born September 15, 1834, and these pages we want to precisely recall the centenary: easy and difficult thing at a time, because his life was less straightforward than might have you believe the few dates and facts that are known summarily. It it deserves, perhaps, to be told where not shut itself with the renowned teacher of a hard will and firm and intelligent hard work, tireless intent on increasingly vast designs and bold.

That these drawings he has been able to achieve honestly, honorably and with much success is a source of legitimate pride for his descendants, for the village where he was born, to Alessandria, where he carried out his admirable activities and for the country, who rightly points out, in him one of the pioneers of the great Italian industry.

Humble origins. Those who go up the short hill, near Alessandria day, on which nestles the village of Pecetto - Picetum Valentinum, ancient Roman nobility passed through the medieval marquisates! and carry-by thought a century ago can well imagine the struggles and patriarchal life that its people will have had to conduct.


Photo: "Pecetto"

The Borsalino were old people of the country. The father was <attendant> Municipal with a mean wage, in which a mother Rosa Veglio, clever and intelligent woman must have struggled just to let up on household budget. He grew alert, brisk but undisciplined. He thought only of games and pranks. The spelling book was not his strong point: last in school, but always in the first place if it was to combine some prank. Even later and it says it's never been kind to the <rascals> who gave so much trouble to our good Renzo. What is certain is that books, pen and ink were not stuff for him. His mother, poor woman, had a nice pray to Our Lady of the flaws Friars did put judgment. He wanted more. And we like raffigurarcelo while, life-threatening, leading the assault on the Church of the Beaten bell to overtake bird nests or surreptitiously penetrated through the vineyards and orchards nearby hill to get out of fruit filled pockets.

You still see, in the opposite side of the country to that where is the black silhouette of the eighteenth-century church, the hut of the old Borsalino, leaning against a big and tall tufa rock, which get tangled green tufts wild and bushy. Who knows how many times the boy will have watched the, with restless and curious eye, already the valley dotted with villages and cities, the rolling hills, the Tortonense, the great cloister of the Alps, and the river Po, which are far away and they go away. The streets of the big world, veiled in mist and mystery, the opened tentatriei to the eye, like an invitation.


He does not need to be told for a long time and one day (or rather a bad day, because it seems that his decision was made following a severe paternal lesson) fled, without his, and took, as though obeying a call of destiny, one of those streets. It must have been about fourteen years. Like Dick Wittington the English legend he brought with him, under his arm, just a little bundle of clothes. But he too the bells of Alexandria, as those of the City to its former predecessor and adventurous, that day must have predicted many and great things.
For the moment, however, the prediction that came true was that of his mother, who had once hoped to make the hatter for-that he could regain his hat even the head. Arrived in Alexandria did, in fact, the hatter, allogandosi as an apprentice at certain Sebastiano Camagna, whose shop still exists nowadays. He soon learned the craft, but that very much that he learned him only made him realize he still had to learn.

Of the time processing of the fur hat feko which originated in Piedmont around 1700, and precisely in Turin before. and then in Biella, where he planted the primefulle) it was performed entirely by hand. THE clipping the rabbit skins was done with scissors and equally with the cutting flail appropriate. On a bench it was spread skin; the worker with the concave left hand the coat and with his right he cut the bases. using sharp knife and curved. very similar to that still used by saddlers. A good cut ", as he was quick. Not easily surpassed the kilogram for each working day. The equipment was simple, a boiler.


Photo: "Birth Place of Guispepe Borsalino in Pecetto"

The so-called <arch> that sfioccava and stirred the hair by means of vibration of the strings and animals formed the two layers of the veil, which, joined together, composed the <basting>; the table for, fulling, some form and iron.

Now in the manufacture of the fur felt hat excelled at that time France and our craftsmen used to go there as a school. The Borsalino must have realized that he could not help files. And then his thoughts turned from bread. The streets of the world were always open and inviting and not led only by the excited in Alessandria. After a year of training in Alessandria and in Sestri Ponente, the boy, his manhood, he embarked once Marseille them.

His vocation was meanwhile taking texture and warmth. Giuseppe Borsalino could be thought as a child to his country, and an urchin 'go then, as a young man, by one reckless, Clie he liked to have fun dancing and making love, but those were the appearances of a great moral and physical exuberance, waiting only to be composed, it channeled and addressed to a destination. And the goal he saw before him: to work, learn, make, at the cost of any sacrifice, master of his craft, to launch his own business, treat it, enlarge it, refine it: you make your fortune and his pride. So he wanted and it was. We do not follow him in his French stages, of which we know too little. It was in Marseille, Aix en Provence, Bordeaux: agile hand, industrious, watchful and careful eye to everything, to the processing and technical organization processes.

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Had even then appreciate it for what it was and who promised to become when, precisely in Bordeaux, the widow, who ran the factory where he worked, fell in love with him and asked him to become her husband and partner in the company that he , good as he was, he would certainly have been able to thrive. But Borsalino was loyal to his country and its ancient wisdom. Wife and oxes of your country. He left in the lurch the widow and his factory and he went to Paris where he joined the Berteil house, rue du Temple, who was then working exclusively for beaver hats. The house Berteil, now converted into luxury sales warehouses, still exists on the great 'boulevards, and it's great customer of (Borsalino, to the finest quality produced by it).

France our young and talented workers returned in 1857 in Alessandria with the intention to get to work on their own. Here lived his brother Lazarus who was a mediator, had married off well and had a pleasant cognatina, Angela Prati. Joseph married Angelina, joined his brother and a small nest egg implanted his first (fulling) in a street Schiavina courtyard. Shortly after he left the courtyard and took over a modest factory certainly Prime hats, located in via Bishopric. almost on the square of St. Lucia, and she opened a shop for sale in via Maestra, now via Milan. In 1872 he moved into a street Osp bar dale Military, and precisely in via dell'Orto. now via Tripoli. Things were going well already: but the Borsalino was not one to settle for little. He also opened a factory in Genoa, which ran from 1871 to 1883 for the manufacture of cylinders (Silk Top Hats) and another in Verona (1880-1885) for the processing of a more common type of hat for export.


These two factories are centered in Alexandria which was the fulcrum of all its activities. It was there that, working day and night, putting it profit the knowledge learned in France, forming a good mastery, which was gradually increasing, is by removing well his capitecnici and carefully studying the conditions and markets, laid the foundations of his fortune.

They were the times when the hat industry It was rapidly forming. While France is crystallized in its antiquated systems processing Britain gained ground and soon overtake her victoriously. The England had first introduced the machine, with the dual result of increased production and refinement of the article. Demolished, Stockport and other villages around Manchester had become, thanks to the new systems, the prosperous manufacturing center of the fur felt hat.

Borsalino sensed immediately the reasons for and the benefits of the industrial revolution that was making in those decades in England. He does not let mislead: Tea from bias will be misoneismi: spared no expense: he brought machines starting with replacing the mechanical arsone to the bow: modernized everything there was to modernize: tried to improve and perfect the same day means mechanical. When they arrived in Italy the first sewing machines specifically went to Turin to see them and learn how to use them himself. He wanted to realize if such machines could be applied in its industry for sewing linings, of the edges, of the tapes. The man, by now, had the keen eye to everything. It was not just the attraction, as far as natural and legitimate, of ever greater profits, which moved him: he was also a passion, and, you know, when you are passionate about in a trade this becomes an art. The Borsalino ambition now was not only to make and sell a lot to do and sell well, ie the better article: The skins, which, for material and workmanship, should be the most appreciated on the markets tones.

And here the man Borsalino history is integrated with that of the company Borsalino, that, indeed, I love later qualify the irantica Casa Borsalino and frieze constantly Moroccans of his Borsalino hats with the only word that has become famous all over the ín overflowed: here, in fact, human history becomes the story of that hat that for over half a century is provided to you in stores in any country as the pious up and iI most recommended. Except that this other story is expressed most effectively in figures.

In 1888, it is happened the displacement of Carlo Alberto canal, step away from Borsalino Military Hospital in progress Hundred Cannons and it is where the plant which, through successive enlargements, has reached massive proportions today.
Borsalino had begun with ten workers producing on average fifty hats a day. In 1861 the workers had become already sixty and production had risen to yours. Fifteen years later the number of workers had touched the know with a production of 410 hats a day. In 1896, that is, in one recent year in which Giuseppe Borsalino held the effective management industry, the figures were respectively 1,000 workers and become your hats a day.

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In 1900, when Giuseppe Borsalino, died, the annual production was 30,000 day hats. Of these, only 300,000 were sold in Italy jackets export has always represented the highest income of the Company. Since 5000 hats per year than it was exporting, intact, in 1874, came to 450,000 than it was exporting around 1900.

At this export growth it was not foreign personnel factor. Giuseppe Borsalino was constantly in motion. He traveled from one country making its purchases, studying markets, inquiring of all the technical improvements, maintaining contacts, taking care of customers. The main markets were London, where flowed ì hairs of the Australian wild rabbit, English and Scottish; and, alongside London, Paris softest leathers hill of his lapin, Berlin and Brussels. The Borsalino regularly went to Paris, which dictated the fashion and England. It was the first to export to Germany, where his hat with the brand Borsalino, was known and researched before in Italy: visited Spain and other countries. Even he went to Australia and the conquest of that market has, in fact, a curious story.

Borsalino was the man who did not gave much entertainment: even in old age he was always at work, but he had the passion of mountaineering and the only time that evaded its business devoted precisely to the ascents. He knew Rosa and the Matterhorn and the latter is related a painful memory. He had become the friend of Seiler, owners of hotels in Zermatt. Seiler son and the second son of the Borsalino, Mario, both boys, were participating in the great enthusiasm for the mountains. Animated by emulation feelings, once set out to climb the Matterhorn, Mario Borsalino by the Swiss side, the Seder, familiar with the mountains by tradition and custom, from the slope eng-lish much more difficult.

The race of the two young men ended tragically. Taking time to return to the parents of both trembled for the fate of their loved ones; the late Mario Borsalino reappeared, completely worn out but save; but he did not return the youth Seiler, a victim of the mountain. In the house of the senator Teresio keeps a picture in which the painter has depicted the Saccaggi son moving back episode: the old Borsalino runs to meet his Mario that crops up among the rocks on the background of the glaciers.

Returning to the trip to Australia, it was just another Alpine friendship that occasioned. The Borsalino had known the famous hot driving. stana Mania Zurbriggen, the same that had accompanied the British mountaineer Fitzgerald in his ascents sull'Himalaja. The narratives of the Zurbriggen Borsalino awakened in his old travel desire to distant lands and particularly in Australia and New Zealand, new lands; and since the Zurbri, gen was willing to keep him company, together with the planned ascent of Mount Cook in New Zealand.

Before departure the son Teresio, who in 1894 was already part of it is his father's company, he handed driving a chest containing a collection of hats.

Well that box was very productive, because with it the Borsalino conquered in a short large customers; his hat became them, excellence linen hat preferred by Australians, and Australia - in part - the best of the Company market.


In the midst of such fortune, that in thirty years and more than hard work and in-telligente seemed exceptional, given the general conditions of the times and of the country, Giuseppe Borsalino remained true to its beautiful simplicity of life and ways. He never wanted to learn neither public office nor honors. To his people he was always U Siur Pipen and nothing more. But it was in that familiar expression dialect accent of a trust, admiration and a well-deserved affection.

He not only had never been ashamed of his humble origin, but he had not forgotten. In his youth he had known the misery. In the various factories for which was passed in Italy and France, first as an apprentice and then as a laborer, had worked beside old worn out by fatigue and privation and not a few unhappy mined from evil. The image of so much suffering and, let us say, of so many social injustices, esserglisi had impressed in the soul if, when he had to his addiction hundreds of working men and women bother with so much care of their state.

Borsalino, it is to his credit, was one of the first great Italian industrialists who thought of different providences for its mastery, proving, beyond that of a noble soul, a wise assessment of the relations between capital and labor have to run for the benefit of interested parties, production and community. And in some cases preceded with these providences the action of the legislator is the whole thing back to his praise and to be here especially remembered. He established a Pensions Fund, a Fund Accidents, a case of Previ-dence for the sick; He erected a Educatorio for the children of his workers. For the Pensions Fund, in addition to a first fund very substantial, would you poured an annual fixed sum which, added to the fees paid by the workers themselves, it soon made possible the operation. Few spoke in 1885 of insurance against accidents at work. Borsalino she thought him at his own expense, and when, to comply with the new law (1898), could have paid much less, it did not take advantage, and let it continue to pay under the old fee for the exclusive benefit of the staff ensured .

Interestingly, he did these good works, as well as he did his business. Impatient of delay, when the idea was passed immediately to its implementation. He liked the accuracy, but also the speed. What it was there to do it was to do without LOST TIME. This active man of his clothes (to use an expression dear to this day) there was a typical statement if Educatorio. He had already placed a large sum for the EDI-fice building in Piazza Garibaldi, but, not wanting to wait until the work was finished, he rented provisionally elsewhere because the good of the local institution could soon run.

Such was the life of this extraordinary man really fi-gure whose name now in the golden book of the great captains of Italian industry: life, as we said in the beginning, much less simple than it seems, if his full success concurred many moral and intellectual forces, so much insight, so much cleverness. so boldly and with much prudenm. a lot of will. so much uprightness and firmness of character, and - under a seemingly rough bark - so much good energy. Unfortunately it was a life too soon beset by evil. you can

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You can say that since 1897, when he was only sixty-three years, was no longer able to wait, as was usual, to his business. He died on lst April 1900, after long suffering. He took solemn honors. From Italy and from abroad came to the widow and children countless condolences and certificates of appreciation to the extinct.

The April 11, 1920 was inaugurated in the Square of the Town Hall of native Pecetto a beautiful marble statue by the Turin sculptor Luigi contracts. Four reliefs represent the beginnings and triumph of Giuseppe Borsalino and its industry as well as an allegorical. I call to its beneficent spirit.

But the most important monument Giuseppe Borsalino had it for what he himself has created, has given and left: its industries, its establishment, its governing criteria, his honest industriousness, his generous spirit. All she survived, and survived, the work of the eldest son, who grew up at his school, has so energetically and intelligently continued and led to new wondrous developments. Given what we trust not to offend the modesty of the well-known senator Teresio Borsalino if explain briefly also Qvisi work which, by honoring him, at the same time honoring the memory, that is so dear to his father.

We have already quoted the main statistical data on the progress of the company, from its beginnings until 1900, when he died Giuseppe Borsalino. The years that followed marked a crescendo. In 1901 the company employed 1,250 people and produced Borsalino hats a day in 2800. Five years later he took up in 1400 and produced 4000 hats.


We have already quoted the main statistical data on the progress of the company, from its beginnings until 1900, when he died Giuseppe Borsalino. The years that followed marked a crescendo. In 1901 the company employed 1,250 people and produced Borsalino hats a day in 2800. Five years later he took up in 1400 and 4000 produced hats.

In 1909 these figures rose respectively to 1900 and 3300. The annual production of hats, which was 750,000 in 1900, rising to 1.65 million in 1909 and two million in 1913. The annual export, which was 450,000 hats around 1900, passed to 900,000 in 1909. There was, of course, almost total shutdown in the export and decline in sales in Italy during the war, but the House is then went recovering little by little, so much so that in 1922 he returned to manufacture a million and a half hats. In 1929, the last year of increased production, this touched the two million, of which three quarters went abroad. Neither is helpful to remember as official recognition of the excellence of the product Borsalino the four Grand Prix awarded to the company: that of Paris (1900), Brussels (1910), Turin (1911) and again in Paris (1931) during the Colonial Show.

The crisis, which since 1929 has hit all industries, has not spared this, but as soon as conditions permit, the return to the old (Borsalino) will be irresistible, like a nostalgic recall. Meanwhile, the machines of the plant in Alexandria, albeit with a more leisurely pace, continue to work. The writer once heard this impertinence: Alexandria is a city that does not offer anything attractive for tourists. It's not true. The tourist, who not only beloved antiquities and landscapes, you will find, in fact, something that will affect him beyond all expectations. A visit to the Borsalino factory justifies itself alone the journey up to Ales-Sandria.


But this visit takes at least three hours, because it is a large building (its area is 60000 sq. Meters of which covered 38000), consisting of many departments, separated by courtyards and put on notice by innumerable stairs and elevators.

Switch between these departments means going through the various stages of processing for which the gray cloak of a rabbit, a hare or a Nutria (the smallest rodent of the hare and much rarer, located in 'South America) is changed into the felt of our hat. Neither departments are few. The headgear, in fact, has a wide range of machines, for the reason that the manufacture of the hat has several stages. The raw materials are first processed dry, then completely wet and dried several times. Another reason of the variety of machines comes from the many transformations undergone by the hat.

Here the misty atmosphere of the blower, where the hair parts are disintegrated by machines, turning quickly, throw it in the air and so they remove impurities here is the Department of imbastitrici machines where by the initial formation of the hat, and behold, gradually, other departments where you perform the following operations assodatura, fulling, informatura, shaving, to the last that is to put the Moroccan and the lining.

The large and inconsistent with hair cone that we have seen come out of imbastitrici and that seemed the fantastic headgear of a huge Pinocchio, so here it is now reduced to proportions and has taken on the consistency and elegance of the latest fashion hat. The distinguished engineer who accompanies us from gallery to gallery gives us minute and precise information on the functioning of the machines and the effect of the chemical, but we who are profane and do not understand anything other than what our eyes see, we can not free us from the image of quell'endrme cone, almost volatile, and its wonderful metamorphosis.

From working in the tunnels we pass Campionaria room and we feel them more comfortable. Even a layman can look around without blushing of his ignorance. Not more machines, not more chemical processes, not more workers. We are in a kind of museum where are collected the samples of the various styles of hats these last ninety or a hundred years.

And a little 'history of Italy through the headgear made of her children. Here is the offspring of the modern hat through the styles of the French Revolution: the hat to Chénier, the Directoire, the Empire. Here is the Italian revolutionary hat Teppa, all'Ernani and Garibaldi (limp with very broad wings and head to toe, high at first, then at the bottom, and sometimes squared or round); here's the hard hat as what the people of Milan took to the barricades in 1848; here is the political hat, Lobbia (with fold on top) and here's the bowler and calottino, who triumphs in the 1860s and the broad hat curled flaps put in fashion by the recognized authority of taste, who was Edward VII, then still Prince of Wales, and finally the variety of floppy hats, the Montecarlo and its derivatives. The world war, having changed what was in the minds of men, it logically also changed what was outside. It will be interesting for our grandchildren trace the political and social history of our times through the recently fashionable hat. And a process that has been done in the past.

Sweden in the eighteenth century there were two political parties: the Hats and the other of the Caps. The "Hats" sided with France; Berets for Russia.


That a politicosociale element is always entered into the hat and its shapes is a curious fact, but that no one will want to question. Not for nothing the Czar Paul of Russia passed a law that prohibited his subjects to bring the round hat, worth knout and Siberia. Maybe it will be a simple matter of taste. Of all the men's clothing is especially the hat that has the power to arouse our sympathies and antipathies.

Heine judged Italians of the South - and, alas, they judged evil -the shape of their hat. Perhaps more judiciously Beranger said of the British:

Quoique leurs chapeaux sont bien laids
******! j'aime les Anglais ....

Needless to say, the time of Beranger the "Borsalino" which was to have its vogue in England, did not yet exist!
The working population spends the day for the great galleries plant is chosen and used rationally and is well treated by the senator Teresio Borsalino, who is faithful follower of his father in the works of welfare and assistance and has, with good care, started the new .

Already in 1901 he founded the "Cash relief for employee health and workers", appointed a doctor of the factory, established the factory infirmary surgery. In 1903 he created the "Foundation in memory of Giuseppe Borsalino" for the establishment of awards to retired workers; and the same year saw to the reform and improvement of internal security institutions.


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Was ahead and improve, during World War II, helps do-ceived to employees and workers called to the defense of the homeland. Then, turning his years and mutating conditions, and therefore rising new ne-quire, it was always assiduous her care for the best adherence of the various foundations to the needs of the times. Enough to remember the turns-tion of the ancient "internal diseases Cashier" in the (Mutual Fund Board), 1927; the "Provvidenze pro-birth and breastfeeding" issued in February 1929; the radical reform of the Institute of Security Employees in the new "Fund Pensions and Retirement" They go in the 1931.

The roads marked by Giuseppe Borsalino, expanded and flourished again even today go to their honorable goals. Some of those like quietness and we disturb as little as possible. In the fertile plain of St. Bartholomew valley, the hills of Valmadonna at Alessandria, is now finished, a grand building surrounded by a large 90,000 square meter park, placed in pine forest. When 17000 pines that were planted will grow beautiful and healthy will crown the sanatorium named after King Vittorio Emanuele III Majesty, that the senator Teresio Borsalino wanted to erect, to his father's memory. Sanatorium, capable of 216 beds, divided equally between males and females, it meets all modern requirements: large, well-ventilated and lit wards, expertly designed and arranged terraces: a department for physical care and one for operations surgical. • This is the most distinguished and conspicuous act of generosity of Senator Teresio Borsalino.


He, who until the age of twelve years he worked with his father, and that he gave then to his work such a wonderful development, he wanted to continue, in major proportions allowed by the biggest fortunes, generous good initiatives.

Mostly he has done and continues to do for his Alessandria.

He was responsible, among other things, the '' Aqueduct Giuseppe Borsalino ". This great work, built with the intention of absolute technical rationality and modernity, was begun in 1924 and completed by its basic part there, in 1927. The prodigious increase in earnings derived from its exercise, it increased from 40,000 pounds in 1925 to 200,000 lire in 1933, and expected even more in the years ahead, goes to show that gap in this work city life has effectively bridged. The proceeds of the aforementioned profits is donated entirely to the sanatorium Victor Emanual III for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.

In 1928, thanks to the senator funding Borsalino, the city has been able to provide accommodation and reconstruction of sewerage, much to the benefit of hygiene and security in such a vital service. The work was not over yet, will bring the city to the level of the greatest con-sisters, providing it with the one of the services essential for modern life: the main collectors and ducts secondary and tertiary work is completed they will have a development as well as a total of kilometers . Even the native country of his father the senator Teresio donated the water-duct, the construction of which had to overcome many technical difficulties, arising especially from the strong difference in level between the water table to the plane of the wave-water river came and hill on which it was to be brought.

Coll 'aqueduct he also donated to Pecetto laundry and public bath. So the small village, which a century ago lived in a rustic and primitive simplicity, is now provided of the most essential services to the public health.

It is said that the way of giving has sometimes more than give. The sena-tor Teresio Borsalino, simple, shipped, dismissive as it must be a real businessman, not like so many words, nor his, nor those of the other (which is why, by writing these pages, we have tried to make the 'unobtrusive as possible use). He loves to act with care and convenience. As exemplified by this example.

A lady hit by misfortune in the most expensive of Alexandria native of his affections, was pain relief in an instant favor of mercy and sacrifice. In 1892 he visited the Cottolengo Institute in Turin - the only monument of its kind in human charity - and was inspired to groped herself something similar. He lacked everything, but could not, perchance, to imitate the saint who began his no-ble mission in two bedrooms on the third floor of a house in Turin? So he did, in fact, and so began the story of those two other bedrooms open 1893 in Alexandria, in via Faa di Bruno, to the unhappy; the story of the first little school for poor children, and moron; the story of the lady known and venerated today as Mother Michel.

She struggled to seek more compassionate victims of fate, the unfortunate that nature had been cruelly stepmother moron girls, older without bread, unable to work, decrepit, falling, falling. Gave refuge, gave bread, he gave comfort.
He sent around to beg for her hospitalized.


The old Borsalino gave her a donkey with which to do the search. He would give more if he had not caught soon after the death.

The years passed, many years. Mother Michel, seconded by pious companions, continued courageous, trusting, fervent love and faith; but the means at his disposal were so limited. One day she had to do a lottery to raise a bit 'of funds. It was then - in the autumn of 1922 - the senator Teresio Borsalino visited the premises where the elect lady was lavish struggling against all odds. They were dingy, lacking any comfort, even of every health measure. He was shocked: he inquired, he learned of the good being accomplished and the greater good that, in the best conditions, we could do: he decided to give Mother Michel an institute in which more effectively exercise its holy mission. Spoke to him, but - as he had to espri-mersi later Mother Michel - not even that would be lost in the time to thank him. Soon he acquired the land and in September 1923 he starting work. Today the Hospice of Divine Providence, a vast conglomeration of buildings, can hospitalize 400 between old people unable to work, and other unfortunate moron, and about 100 orphans, who are educated and trained in the feminine skills.

Why all this poor humanity could be assisted with intelligent and assiduous care the same good hand resurrected in via Faa di Bruno, the old Mother House of Divine Providence, capable of a hundred and fifty people, where the sisters are prepared which are then sent to ' hospice and other Divine Providence Hospitals and Kindergartens charity spread not only in Italy but also in South America.

Finally, we want to remind the rest home, a part of which was-constructed from 1928 to 1930, and the other, which began in 1932, it is now almost completed. Coll'ampliamento you're running and with the reorganization of the old building, the ability of the rest home will be increased by not hospitalized, so that they can be 285. It is intended to old of both sexes without livelihoods and rendered incapable for age at work.

This, in brief, the story of Giuseppe Borsalino, of his life, and its industry, whose son Teresio, heir to the energy and wisdom of the fathers, had to lead to such a height and strength. And a story that does not end here, but you will always accompany the developments and progress of the big company. That this story was born one hundred years ago in humility and that the name Borsalino, which appears in the books of the Parish of Pecetto up from 1600 as belonging to poor and obscure people, has become, in the industrial field, world-renowned, it is one of those cases, which, in the common judgment, is usually attributed to luck. But such a judgment is too simplistic to be true and too general to be right. In our story always comes a piece of luck, but this alone is never enough unless succor the human forces - forces of will, work, ingenuity, character. They were prominent in Giuseppe Borsalino and it is for them, more than for the success achieved, that He is deservedly remembered and honored.

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The Factory Borsalino Giuseppe E. Fratello S.A.


Borsalino Giuseppe E. Fratello in Alessandria


Hair Blowing


Formation Of Fur Cones


Mechanical Processing Of Felt


Hand Working Of Felt


Mechanical Finishing Of Hat


Informatura of Hat


Pouncing Of Hat


Trimming Of Hat


Finishing Of Hat

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The Borsalino Foundation






Giuseppe Borsalino School


Old Part


New Part


Water Tower


Central Discharge


The House of Sisters


Sanitarium Vittorio Emanuele III


Partial View

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Daniele, Thanks! Can you check this section where it describes the Lobbia?




And a little 'history of Italy through the headgear made of her children. Here is the offspring of the modern hat through the styles of the French Revolution: the hat to Chénier, the Directoire, the Empire. Here is the Italian revolutionary hat Teppa, all'Ernani and Garibaldi (limp with very broad wings and head to toe, high at first, then at the bottom, and sometimes squared or round); here's the hard hat as what the people of Milan took to the barricades in 1848; here is the political hat, Lobbia (fold glue in the top) and here's the bowler and calottino, who triumphs in the 1860s and the broad hat curled flaps put in fashion by the recognized authority of taste, who was Edward VII, then still Prince of Wales, and finally the variety of floppy hats, the Montecarlo and its derivatives. The world war, having changed what was in the minds of men, it logically also changed what was outside. It will be interesting for our grandchildren trace the political and social history of our times through the recently fashionable hat. And a process that has been done in the past.

Daniele Tanto

I'll Lock Up
Verona - Italia
here is the political hat, Lobbia (fold glue in the top) and here's the bowler and calottino, who triumphs in the 1860s and the broad hat curled flaps put in fashion by the recognized authority of taste, who was Edward VII, then still Prince of Wales, and finally the variety of floppy hats, the Montecarlo and its derivatives.
In the Italian text the writer used an old word: "colla" that is a contraction of "con la" (with the) and also it means glue.
So the right translation is: here is the political hat, Lobbia (with the fold on the top) and here's the bowler and calottino (this is a sort of pork pie, called caciottella), who triumphs in the 1860s and the broad hat curled flaps put in fashion by the recognized authority of taste, who was Edward VII, then still Prince of Wales, and finally the variety of floppy hats, the Montecarlo and its derivatives.
Hope it helps. If you need more, here I'm under the wisteria:)

Daniele Tanto

I'll Lock Up
Verona - Italia
I had read the translation and there are not major issues.
The Google translator is a little bit simplicistic, but most of the time the mean is still on the text
For the Lobbia description it is only a question of accent on the o of "colla".......that a great number of Italians can't decipher in these days

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