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Look East, Young Man

2009-06-24 12:18:19.995303+00 by petronius 2 comments

From the website of Der Spiegel, via Little Green Footballs, is an intriguing photo gallery of East German industrial design. It's all from the 60's, so it has that bright, plasticky sheen of the era. Some of the stuff, like the Jena glassware, is very handsome, while the power lawnmower looks like it was designed by the same guy who built the T-38 tank. What is interesting are the notes about how the products were marketed or used. The "Erika' portable typewriter is a similar to the ones we had back in college, but you had to submit typing samples each year to the Stasi so they could track samizdat writings.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-24 12:58:40.14694+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think the lawnmower uses the same wheels as the baby carriage.

Yeah, the Jena glassware looks pretty good. I found the "Chemicals produce bread, prosperity and beauty." slogan mentioned for the Wolpryla yarn amusing because it could be from a western trade association of that same era.

And I'd buy that QL fan today.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-25 15:29:43.60704+00 by: other_todd

Jena glassware is semi-famous - that is, famous among industrial design fans. I didn't realize it was East German. For a long time they made a sort of miniature pressure cooker for eggs - they came in the one-egg and two-egg size and had a spring clip to hold the lid on. Back in the Galloping Gourmet days, Graham Kerr was so fond of them that he gave recipes using them in one of his cookbooks. He never mentioned that it was an East German product - I wonder if it was even possible for his readers to get them legitimately at the time?