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Proud of Princes and Hussars


The 19th century takes a peaceful course in Bonn. The town has ‘its democratic moment’ in 1848 when Gottfried Kinkel waves the black- red-gold-coloured flag on the outside staircase of the Town Hall, and seven professors of the Alma Mater Bonnensis are members of the Constitutional Assembly which meets in the Frankfurt Paulskirche (Saint Paul’s Church). Bonn’s citizens learn to live with Prussian rule and are proud of the Royal Hussars Regiment and of the imperial princes who come here to study. Godesberg develops into a much-frequented health resort and spa. Rhine tourism, initiated by the English and glorified romantically, is in full bloom. Steamship excursions are delights in high demand.

Industry and trade keep growing since industrialisation started also in Bonn in the late 19th century. Some industries and a few exemplary names are: ceramics (Wessel at Mehlem), office supplies (Soennecken), chemicals (Marquart), a spinning mill (jute), wallpaper (Strauven), Bonner Universitätsdruckerei (Bonn University Printing House), Bonner Fahnenfabrik (Bonn Flag Factory), Bonner Zeitungsdruckerei Neusser / General-Anzeiger (Bonn Newspaper Printing House / local newspaper ‘General-Anzeiger’).A considerable number of wealthy families have taken up residence in Bonn and Godesberg. Bonn is Prussia’s fourth richest town in the early 20ieth century. Around 1910, the town counts about 200 millionaires.

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