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Ferdinand Springer began work in his father’s firm in April 1871. All the signs indicate that there was an harmonious relationship not only between father and son, but also between them and their few employees. On January 1, 1872 Julius Springer made his son his partner. The father now felt he had been significantly relieved in his work and he wanted to give wings to his son’s involvement in the firm. However, the decisive factor was Ferdinand’s wish to get married. By making him a partner his father was giving him the means to set up his own household befitting his social position22 Marie Springer’s worry, “how can two families live from the firm when so far it provided for only one?” [MS: 104], soon vanished.


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