Josef Falk began as a salesman for Georges Carette and founded his own company in 1895. By 1907 Falk was producing the former Schoenner line of steam engines, and in 1912 Falk bought Schoenner. In the 1920s Falk worked in close relation to Bing producing some products with the combined JF/BW trademark. Falk was sold to the Schaller brothers in 1934 and the production of steam engines ceased. The first trademark of Falk shows the Nuremberg town tower.