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Deutsches Technikmuseum - 2018

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The donation contains six locations:

Exhibit of the Month: MECHANIACS collection by Klaus Koch, between 1970 and 2005

Photo of a round wooden breakfast board. Another vertical breakfast board, a wooden plane, a scrub brush, a Sterling heat engine with copper and glass pistons as well as a flywheel are all mounted on it in such a way that it looks like a small machine.

From everyday object to art: Legendary bulky trash from Berlin inspires to "Technical art pieces" - the complete work of Klaus Koch.

Exhibit of the Month: Megaphone, 1960s

Photo: An olive green, funnel-shaped hand megaphone with its own handle on the bottom end and a cord for hanging. © SDTB / photo: C. Kirchner

Helpful in many ways: A speaking trumpet like this allows one’s voice to be heard in order to either express an opinion or maintain order.

Exhibit of the month: Balloon clip for the "Lichtgrenze", 2014

Photo: The flat clip has a square shape and includes several notches and cutouts for tying the balloons. It is placed besides an uninflated air balloon. Both the balloon and the clip have a whitish colour. © SDTB / photo: C. Kirchner

Biodegradable clips like this were used for sealing the "Lichtgrenze" balloons, which traced the former division of the Berlin city to remember the fall of the wall 25 years ago on November 9, 1989.

Exhibition of the Month: LE SOLEIL ROYAL, circa 1690

Photo: The pediment of the SOLEIL ROYAL shows a sun chariot, driven by Sun King Louis XIV, drawn by four horses. © SDTB / Photo: C. Kirchner

During the Baroque era, distinctive prestigious architecture was not in fact limited to fixed buildings on land but could also be found at sea.

Exhibit of the Month: Jerry cans, 1943

Photo: Both cans are rectangular, around 50 centimetres high, 35 centimetres long and 15 centimetres wide. The top of each can has handles and a spout that can be closed up with a catch fastener or a screw cap, respectively.

Nowadays a millionfold everyday commodity: The journey of the classic gasoline canister into the world began in 1939 in Berlin-Johannisthal.

Exhibit of the Month: Illuminated sign, 1980s

Photo: An illuminated red pentagram star. Its original position was the dot of the character "j" of the sign of the former Sojus cinema in Berlin-Marzahn. © SDTB / photo: C. Kirchner

The dot on the "j" - an illuminated star with cosmic history has moved to the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

Exhibit of the Month: "Elite" cigar box, before 1945, and Captain’s hat, 1950s

Photo: A wooden cigar box: The brand name "Elite" is burned on the lid and the handwritten words "tickets" have been added. The white skipper hat has a black sun shield. © SDTB / photo: C. Kirchner

"Welcome aboard!" Two very personal utensils of a skipper tell a lot about the history of shipping in and around Berlin.

Exhibit of the Month: T-Shirt, 2018

Photo: A white T-shirt with a V-neck is folded up on a blue carrying bag. © SDTB / Photo: C. Kirchner

Really bought with a good feeling? How do low prices go together with environmentally and socially responsible production?

Exhibit of the Month: Educational computer LC-80 (1984) and Arduino Uno (2013)

Photo (detail): Part of the computer's board, its 25-digit calculator keyboard for programming, and another numeric display. © SDTB / Photo: C. Kirchner

Rugged small computers for acquiring basic computer science skills: once for students in the GDR and currently in the maker scene.

Exhibit of the Month: "Yasmin" tea service, between 2000 and 2011

Photo: On display is the service´s teapot and the warmer. It is made of white porcelain and is decorated with the "Yasmin" logo and lettering. © SDTB / Photo: H.-F. Lachmann

Advertising that circumvents the law very cleverly: The female clientele is reached through the doctor's waiting room - with a nice cup of tea.

Exhibit of the Month: Two pop-up books, 1938 and 1939

Photo: The opened book shows a locomotive on the turntable in front of a locomotive shed. The sophisticated folding of the paperboard is the basis for the three-dimensional figures.

Vivid three-dimensional insights into the world of railways and cars - owing to sophisticated folding.

Exhibit of the Month: Related Radios: DKE 38 and Universum W 111 from 1974

Photo: Two square radios of the same size are placed one behind the other. The bakelite housing contains the respective up-to-date technology: an orange "Universum W 111" and a blackish-brown DKE 38. © SDTB / Photo: C. Kirchner

Pop Art with historical touch made in Western Germany: A DKE 38 from juvenile radio days is standing godfather for a "bestseller in new style".