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Deutsches Technikmuseum - 2014

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Exhibit of the Month: Hollow Chocolate Christmas Figures

Photo: A group of tall and small chocolate Santa Clauses, friendly or - not so friendly - looking, accompanied by a cheated New Year`s Eve-hare wearing a trefoil.

Every Year Again - In December this edible "Year-end figures" with night-caps are getting a most prominent scenery.

Exhibit of the Month: Shutter drop annunciator panel for home telegraphy, around 1900

Photo: The panel is surrounded by a wooden rectangular frame and shows ten small windows. Some of them are activated, for example the ones with the inscription "Salon" ("drawing room") or "Schlafz." ("bedroom").

More than a hundred years ago "modern" masters and mistresses of high-ranking households were calling their servants by an electrified annunciator panel like this.

Exhibit of the Month: Gramophone organic needle sharpener, 1932

Photo: The sharpener looks like an auger. The needle is clamped over an abrasive disc and gets moved by a hand crank.

Eighty years ago gramophons used needles made of cactus spines or bamboo - which had to be sharpened persistently!


Exhibit of the Month: Model of the 1940 steam locomotive 64 497, around 1965

Photo: Lovingly crafted locomotive model with all the technical details

This carefully detailed hand-made model closes a gap in the documentaion of the development of German locomotives.


Exhibit of the Month: Helmet "1 ES 201" from the space laboratory "Spacelab"

Photo: The helmet is built as an open box, with struts, rectangular and made of metal. The camera and its wiring is in front of the left eye. The apparatus, which irritates the right inner ear, looks like a bicycle bell.

"Out of round" and probably uncomfortable, the instrument helmet for examining the human balance system in space.


Exhibit of the Month: "PIKOdat" - the first game computer in the GDR, 1969

Photo: In front the home-built computer with ten slide switches for input and ten luminous fields for output. In the background the box for the kit designed in the style of the 1960s.

Pure nostalgia: a versatile educational toy from almost forgotten time. The expensive PIKOdat had to be assembled at first.


Exhibit of the Month: Porcelain plate from the Royal Yacht HOHENZOLLERN, 1903

Photo: The heraldic motto in the center of the porcelain plate is golden, the writing is underlaid with blue colour.

The motto of the Order of the Garter decorates the dinnerware of "travelling Emperor" Wilhelm II on board of his yacht.


Exhibit of the Month: Potable liquor "Companion’s Death", GDR, ca. 1968

Photo: White glass bottle with a golden shining screw cap. On the label the name of the distillery: VEB "Sonne" in Richtenberg.

Tax-free and not for sale - high proof alcohol as liquid payment for miners, oil field workers and crews of merchant ships.


Exhibit of the Month: Sickle for Topping Beets, Year of Manufacture 1926

Photo: On the crescent-shaped blade are some dark brown rust marks. The grooves on the wooden handle are deep and clearly visible.

Today unimaginably, but 90 years ago in the country quite a common brides present, the sickle for agricultural work.


Exhibit of the Month: Lithographic Stone with a Potsdam Train Station Motif

Photo: The Lithographic stone, a white, circa 2 cm thick limestone with a detailed mirror-reversed drawing of the historical Berlin Potsdamer Bahnhof (train station).

The "Printing with stone", invented in 1797 is considered to be one of printing technology’s three greatest inventions.


Exhibit oh the Month: Rear train signal from the "Governmental carriage sheds"

Photo: The rusty lantern has four feet, the flap for the kerosene light is open, the panes of glass are broken. At the front the signal plate with two red triangles on white primer paint and the home district marking "Bww. Bln. Yor."

This recently discovered lantern originally belonged to a secret Berlin railway workshop in times of the "Third Reich".


Exhibit of the Month: The Astra-Plot, 1969

Photo: The cylinder on the left is used to set the hour angle, the exact compass direction and the geographical longitude; the right one is for reading the height of the horizon, the elevation over the celestial equator, and the geographical latitude

This special device, a kind of "three dimensional slide-rule", was developed for celestial navigation.