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Aufnahme einer Wohnküche, 1928
Geyerhaus, former manor house and largest workers' residence. In 1910, 103 people were housed here in 21 apartments.
Children of the living parties in the Geyerhaus, 1909
The "Gasthaus Hofmühle", around 1925. Center of the social life of the Scharnstein scythe smiths.
After work with the scorching hot food, the cold beer tasted good. Rec. around 1900.
Interior view of the "factory consumption" around 1955
Photo of a new residential building built in 1922 as part of the last major expansion phase of the Scharnstein scythe industry.

Excerpt: Social life in times of scythe working in Scharnstein

Excerpt: History of the Geyerhammer Scythe Forge Museum

Sensenmuseum Geyerhammer
Scharnstein, Austria
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In connection with the development of the scythe industry a class of industrial bourgeoisie developed in Scharnstein. In addition to the entrepreneurial family, these included the executive employees, who were called "officials" as well as their families. They mostly came from out-of-town and led a middle-class lifestyle. The work apartments for the employees and management were spacious, had a representative living area, bedrooms, rooms for children and servants and already were equipped with bathrooms. Young and unmarried scythe workers received rooms in the "Burschen- oder Madlhaus". Widows of scythe workers found shelter in the "Witwenhaus".
The large labour requirement of the newly built scythe industry – in 1913 the Redtenbacher works numbered 700 employees - could only be achieved through the influx of workers. Since the housing options in Scharnstein were missing, the company adapted several old houses and built new accommodations. In 1910 there were a total of 82 households in the factory apartments, mostly consisting of four to five people, for who also heating materials, soap and towels were provided. Next to the apartments there were company owned laundry rooms, a bathroom, a factory consumption, as well as a canteen.... You will find more about this exhibition inside the museum!