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leopold_josefine_hawelka (16k image)josefine hawelka has just died at the age of 92. gute reise, frau hawelka!

for non-austrian readers: mrs. hawelka was an austrian kaffeehaus-legend who together with her husband leopold has been running the famous café leopold hawelka since 1939.

despite hosting the most important austrian writers and artists for decades, being featured in the third man and becoming an increasingly important waypoint on every tourist’s tour through vienna the hawelka was never adapted to its status as an institution, neither by increased prices nor by changed interior (which is still the original from the thirties).

when i last visited the hawelka a year ago mrs. hawelka was still in control of everything and her husband enjoyed being photographed with young girls in front of the entrance. the orf quotes her daughter with “saturday she still was in office”. does anybody remember a day when she wasn’t present?

photo by agnete brun for a dagbladet article.

(update: typo fixed.)


 

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