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Max/Maximilian STRAUS  1876 - 1956   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Max/Maximilian STRAUS  1876 - 1956

aka Max Strauss, Maximilian Strauss, M. Strauss
nationality
occupation
birth 12 July 1876, Würzburg, GERMANY
baptism
death .. Apr/May/June 1956, Marylebone, London, ENGLAND) [GRO 5d 313]
burial
marriage
Gertrud ("Trude") ...........

b. .... <1876/1877>, Berlin, GERMANY
d. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1962, Croydon, Surrey, ENGLAND) [GRO 5g 139]


PARENTS

father .......................
mother .......................
children

LIFE


30 Nov 1902: Founder of Salon-Kinematograph Co. GmbH (with Heinrich Zunz en Otto Heinemann)



In 1911 visits USA



In 1912 visits USA (no record)

Berlin. Beka-Record Aktiengesellschaft. Zum Vorstandsmitgliede ist ernannt der Kaufmann Herr Max Strauss und der Kaufmann Otto Heinemann. (PhZ 11. Jahrg. No. 39, p. 884)

Beka-Record Akt. Ges. Berlin. Die Herren Heinemann und Straus, Direktoren der Lindström-Gesellschaft, die bei Gelegenheit der Fusion Lindström-Beka in das Direktorium der Beka eingetreten waren, sind nunmehr aus der Direktion der Beka-Gesellschaft wieder ausgeschieden, um demnächst in den Aufsichtsrat gewählt werden zu konnen. (PhZ 12. Jahrg. No. 39, p. 896)

Berlin. Beka-Record Aktiengesellschaft. Der Kaufmann Herr Max Strauss und der Kaufmann Otto Heinemann sind nicht mehr Vorstandsmitglieder. (PhZ 11. Jahrg. No. 39, p. 884)


on 14 May 1921 visits USA as manager (business friends AMERICAN ODEON CORPORATION, 100 West 21st Str, New York, NY) with Richard Seligsohn (ELLIS ISLAND)



Max STRAUS (49y) merchant
Gertrude STRAUS (47y)
SS "LEVIATHAN"
dep.: .. May 1925, New York
arr.: 29 May 1925, Southampton (via Cherbourg)
(German subjects)



Max STRAUS (53y)
+ Gertrud STRAUS (41y = 51y?)
SS "OLYMPIC"
17 Sept 1929

Ousted in 1933 (Smetana; J. R. Bennett, p. 43)

On 21 Oct 1937 resigned as governor (Du. “commissaris”) of Transoceanic Trading Company

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Max STRAUS (71y) retired // stateless
"QUEEN MARY"
dep. New York: .. Nov 1947
arr. Southampton: 18 Nov 1947
Address in the United Kingdom: 71, Grove Hall Court, Hall Rd, [St John's Wood], London NW.8



Max STRAUS (75y)
aka:
nationality: Britain (passport: V1021907)
"QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep. Southampton: 1 April 1952
arr. New York: 6 April 1952
destination: 5 East 86th Street, New York



Max Straus (75y) retired
"NIEUW AMSTERDAM"
dep. New York: .. May 1952
arr. Southampton: 23 May 1952
Address in the United Kingdom: 71, Grove Hall Court, Hall Rd, [St John's Wood], London NW.8


In BRITISH PHONE BOOKS, 1880-1959, London surnames S-Z:
Max Straus is listed in the phone books of 1946 to 1956 and was living at the above-mentioned address: 71, Grove Hall Court, Hall Rd, [St John's Wood], London NW.8
He died in 1956 (age 79y).

His wife Gertrude Straus is listed in the British Phone Books from 1954 to 1960, but at a different address: 24 Addisland Court, Addison Rd., London W.14.

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During the 2009 Diskografentag (organized by Phonomuseum, Wien) in Hildesheim, Germany, Claus Peter Gallenmiller gave a talk entitled: Direktor Straus. Bilder und Geschichten aus seinem Leben
His talk was based on a booklet Max Straus. Ein Lebensbild. Dargestellt von Alfred Gutmann. Herausgegeben Zum 30. Januar 1929. Zeichnungen von Erich Godal) issued in honour of Max Straus)

(see also p. 33 of article “Die Lindström AG zwischen Weltwirtschaftskrise und ihrem Aufgehen in der EMI Electrola” by Herfried Kier, Zülpich)


NOTES

  • The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry/Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie, Vol. 1 (editors: Pekka Gronow - Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2009 (ISBN 978-3-9500502-8-8)
  • 25 jähriges Jubiläum des Lindström-Direktors Straus by K. E. Dg. (in : Phonographische Zeitschrift 28. Jahrg., No. 23, pp 1158-1159 of ca. May/June 1927)
  • 'Lindstrom' Companies in Britain by Frank Phillips (in: The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry / Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Vol. 2 (editors: Pekka Gronow & Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2010. ISBN 978-3-9500502-1-9


COMPANIES & LABELS



PHOTOS

Both Straus and Heineman have a Parlograph (dictating machine) standing by their side.



THANK YOU


Claus Peter Gallenmiller
Lesley Ann Price (née Lesser)