The items include three albums containing a total of around 300 photographs showing scenes from the previously little known life of Mercedes Jellinek. The archive's newly acquired treasures include childhood pictures of Mercedes Jellinek, who was born in Vienna on 16 September 1889.
Although not all of the photos are inscribed or dated, they afford an insight into the private life of the Mercedes brand's eponym and into the life of a young, well-heeled lady at the dawn of the 20th century.
On top of these treasured photos, one of the items was a well preserved birth certificate for "Mercedes Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek", on which the changing of the family name to "Jellinek-Mercedes" authorised on 24 June 1903 can also be seen on the document.
The marriage certificate for Mercedes Jellinek and Karl Freiherr von Schlosser is now also in the archive, as is her obituary notice; the lady who gave the Mercedes brand its name died before even reaching forty on 23 February 1929 in Vienna whilst married to her second husband Baron Rudolf Weigl, hence the entry "Mercedes Freifrau von Weigl, née Jellinek-Mercedes.”
One of the most treasured photographs that the Daimler Archives received was of Mercedes Jellinek sitting in a Mercedes automobile (top most picture).
To this day, the team in charged of various media for the archive is committed to the increasingly important task of gathering and filing sources from various forms of media. And if Emil Jellinek not been so besotted with his daughter, the Mercedes brand would presumably never have seen the light of day.
Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz Archives