Istvan and Peter Domonkos with their father's car

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  • Photo taken in:
    Rákoscsaba
    Year when photo was taken:
    1932
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
The picture was taken in 1932; my brother Peter and I are sitting on the front of my father's car in the garden of the summer cottage in Rakoscsaba. My father started to deal with Caterpillar from 1930 on behalf of the Steyr Works. He held tractor presentations on large estates and agricultural fares. There is a picture in which he is presenting one of the machines with big capacity, the 'Twenty,' at the Budapest Cattle-Show. He always had a big public and he was always brilliant in front of them: he made a small hill, went up on it, turned around. Basically the machine had the same capabilities as a combat car only on a smaller scale. At that time he was doing a lot better financially, too, he could buy a small summer cottage in Rakoscsaba. My father could afford to buy a car, too, and he could send us to school. That wasn't a piece of cake at that time either, because tuition had to be paid. My father had a passion for motoring, he bought used cars and he and his mechanics repaired them beautifully. He had some kind of an English car, a strong jeep, he drove that. He used it on weekdays, too, he went to work with it or he went on his work related trips in the country or abroad. This gave some kind of a prestige to someone, and that was a big thing at that time. Perhaps it would have been more reasonable to go abroad by train, but he liked to drive very much. We went to many places with the family, too, but I can't think of any of these trips right now.

Interview details

Interviewee: Istvan Domonkos
Interviewer:
Mihaly Andor
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Istvan Domonkos
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Electrician
after WW II:
Technical manager as an engineer

Other Person

Peter Domonkos
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Marki
Died where:
Marki
Occupation
before WW II:
Electrician

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