Albin Wunderlich is born on a farm in a village in the state of Saxony, Germany.
Albin starts his embroidery business in the small town of Oelsnitz.
Albin’s daughter Elsa married Kurt Erwin Conrad
Kurt Erwin opens his embroidery business in Oelsnitz the same day his son, Erich Henry Conrad, is born.
Kurt shutters his business and goes to war, serving in France, Turkey, and on the Russian Front — where he is taken prisoner in 1916.
During the Bolshevik Revolution, Kurt Erwin is freed along with other POW’s inside Russia and left to find his own way home.
Kurt Erwin has his business up and running the very next year.
Post war chaos, hyper-inflation, and anarchy lead to the near collapse of German civil society. Adding to the misery, flappers are in and embroidery is out of fashion.
The stock market crashes.
Seeing no future in Germany, Erich Henry sails to the United States on USS Roosevelt, arriving in Hoboken, New Jersey with $4.68 on Christmas Eve.
Erich Henry returns to Germany and marries his sweetheart, Anni Ilse Schnauder.
Anni, together with her infant daughter, Annerose, immigrate to the U.S.
Erich Henry’s second child, Bernhard is born.
Erich Henry starts Conrad Embroidery Company in West New York, New Jersey.
Following the tragic and unexpected death of Anni, Erich Henry is advised to incorporate a second company. Given the stress and unexpected circumstances, he simply names the new company A-B. “A” for Annerose and “B” for Bernhard.
Bernhard apprentices for better part of one year at one of the largest Brazilian manufacturers of traditional embroidery.
A-B Emblem produces the original NASA logo.
In the spring ground is broken for a new and expanded factory in Weaverville, North Carolina. By mid-November the factory is up and running and Erich Henry, along with his second wife, Johanna, and Bernhard have relocated.
Low cost low quality imports begin to flood the market. A-B Emblem pushes hard and invests heavily to keep the business in the United States of America.
Paul Conrad, Bernhard’s son and Andrew Nagle, his son-in-law, join A-B Emblem.
Erich Henry dies unexpectedly.
A-B’s first foreign enterprise, Embemas Bordados de Mexico, SA de CV, Tecali de Herrera, Puebla, south of Mexico City, starts operations.
A-B’s second foreign enterprise, Qingdao Emblem Manufacturing, commences operations in Laixi, Shandong Province, China.