Harald Plum in Copenhagen

Photograph

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English

This picture shows Harald Plum, who sold canned food during the war to troops on both sides. Businessmen like Plum were nicknamed ‘war-rich profiteers’.

Throughout the war Denmark managed to maintain trade relations with both the Central Powers and the Allies. Danish politicians and business people travelled back and forth between the warring capital cities in an effort to maintain neutrality and the right to export.

As the war dragged on and the need for provisions increased, new markets emerged for business people in Denmark. Exports of canned food rose dramatically during the war. There were 21 producers of canned food in pre-war Denmark, rising to 148 during the conflict. Many enterprising businessmen earned a fortune on exports of Hungarian goulash of questionable quality.

Danish

Gennem hele krigen lykkedes det Danmark at opretholde handlen med såvel centralmagterne som ententen. Politikere og erhvervsfolk rejste i pendulfart mellem landenes hovedstæder for at bevare neutraliteten og sammen med den retten til at eksportere. I takt med at krigen trak ud og behovet for fødevarer i de krigsførende lande voksede, skabtes mulighederne for nye markeder for danske erhvervsdrivende. Særligt dåsemadseksporten oplevede i krigsårene en dramatisk vækst. Hvor der før krigen var 21 danske virksomheder, der producerede dåsemad, steg dette tal under krigen til 148. Mange driftige handelsmænd tjente enorme summer på eksporten af ungarsk gullasch af tvivlsom kvalitet. På billedet ses Harald Plum, der under krigen forsynede tropperne på begge sider med konserves. Disse handlende fik under krigen tilnavnet gullaschbaroner.

Full title
Harald Plum in Copenhagen (Nytorv)
Created
1914-1918
Format
Photograph
Held by
Det Konglige Bibliotek
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