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Villum Kann Rasmussen (centre) working for glass roof producer Edvard Storr, where he is employed before starting up his own company.
Villum Kann Rasmussen at his office in Hammerichsgade in Copenhagen. He has just founded the company V. Kann Rasmussen & Co. specialising in glass roofs.
One of the first adverts for VELUX roof windows, which Villum Kann Rasmussen develops and launches in 1942. The roof window is called VELUX - VE for ventilation and LUX for light.
VELUX Type V is a roof window featuring an entirely new and patented pivot hinge (PV45) that can tilt the zinc-covered frame on its own axis. That makes cleaning the exterior surface of the window much easier.
Villum Kann Rasmussen standing by a prototype emergency exit window that is launched the following year.
Villum Kann Rasmussen (front) and his father-in-law, Hans Hother Grabow from Horsens (far right), in front of the first production building in Østbirk.
Employees unloading VELUX roof windows from a lorry.
A portrait of KR in his office at the company's first head office at Maskinvej 4 in Søborg, north of Copenhagen – wearing his classic white coat and smoking his pipe.
A service vehicle from Germany, where Villum Kann Rasmussen establishes the sales company VELUX GmbH in 1952 together with a German manufacturer named Ernst Günter Albers.
A new generation of roof windows – GGL – is launched with entirely new features that are hallmarks of roof windows as we know them today: Full-width handle bars, ventilation flaps, pivot hinges with full friction and insulating panes.
Publicity photo for the top-hung VELUX VTL roof window, which enters the market in 1978.
Villum Kann Rasmussen looking through a VELUX roof window while visiting Østbirk Bygningsindustri.
One of the last official photos of Villum Kann Rasmussen before his death in 1993.
Publicity photo for the generation of V21 roof windows launched worldwide in 2000.
A portrait of Lars Kann-Rasmussen, son of Villum Kann Rasmussen, who plays an active role in promoting VELUX roof windows from 1964 until 2010. He then focuses on his chairmanship of the VILLUM FONDEN, from which he retires in 2014.
A sign displaying Villum Kann Rasmussen's motto, which is still clearly reflected in the innovation culture of the VELUX Group to this day.
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