Topic traffic: The Trabant

2 May 2017 by Maria Bartholomäus
The Trabant was the unchallenged symbol of everyday life in the DDR, meaning “companion” – and this car truly played a significant role in the life of many citizens of the DDR, just like a good friend. As a dream at first; for the waiting time for a new car was no less than 16 years, later as a status symbol, a set of wheels and hobby.
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Simson KR 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”)

17 Dec 2013 by Sören Marotz
Now he is finally here, our Simson KR (KleinRoller=small scooter) 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), Year 1979. Actually he is a “she”: the “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), because nobody used the designation Simson KR 51/1. For a long time she stands with a structurally identical sister in our museum depot in order to make her way in the exhibition in the Christmas season.
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The Trabant car key

29 Nov 2013 by Sören Marotz
It just came back as a loan from the Deutsche Hygiene Museum: our Trabant car key. There it was an exhibit of the special exhibition “Reichtum – Mehr als genug”, which was shown in Dresden from the 6th of July till the 10th of November 2013.
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The MIFA folding bike

4 Oct 2013 by Admin
The in the GDR widespread MIFA folding bikes were often targets of ridicule and a lot of people didn't take them seriously. "You sit on it looking like a real fool" was a common opinion about the driving comfort of the little bikes from Sangerhausen. That the folding bikes weren't really popular in the years after the Wende, you could see on the East German roadsides: countless bikes landed on the skip. Often they were brand-new...But, these times seem to be over. In the meanwhile the folding bike becomes a cult object, especially young persons and hipster in the cities like the bikes.
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Popular at all times: The Trabi!

4 Apr 2013 by Admin
Last week the Berliner Kurier visited us. They were especially interested in the Trabi that you can find in the first part of the permanent exhibition. Every day, several visitors bustle at the Trabi because they want to take a closer look at it.
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