In the beginning of the 20th century, ‘Mother Veldkamp’ and her Dom Café Veldkamp used to be well known in Hamburg and beyond its borders. Her common name was Anna Wilhelmine Catharina Veldkamp, but visitors preferred to call her ‘Mother Veldkamp’ because of her sense for charity. During the winter fair, for example, she used to close the Dom Café to her usual guests in order to invite the Hamburg orphans for a day.
Today, her portrait adorns the glass of Hamburger Gold Almonds created by her descendent Tom Veldkamp. “In memory of Mother Veldkamp, we toss the almonds in 22-carat gold leaf,” he explains.