Your objects in our collection

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Here is a list of objects we are especially interested in acquiring. The list is not complete. Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you be in possession of an object which does not appear on our list. We are unable to accept donations (e.g. delivered to the museum) without prior arrangements having been made. Please do not send us any parcels without first consulting with us – museum policy means that we will have to return them.

Personal items

  • School exercise books, pictures painted in school
  • Eingaben (written complaints sent to the state) in original, copy or draft
  • Home-made games
  • Home-made items (decorations, furniture, tools …)
  • Photographs (e.g. of alternative youth subcultures), slides (e.g. of everyday working life)


Printed material

  • Restaurant complaint books "Der Gast hat das Wort"
  • Versandhaus and Genex catalogues
  • Magazines from the 1950s and 1960s (e.g. Jugend&Technik, Digedags-Mosaik); especially Sputnik 10/ 1988
  • Hand-written documents from the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the SED  
  • Price lists "Zahle ich den richtigen Preis"
  • Books about sport in the DDR
  • Advertising and propaganda posters


Foreign relations

  • Objects relating to large projects [A1] conducted with the brother states (e.g. the Drushba pipeline)
  • Artefacts relating to the “brother states”
  • Objects relating to foreign workers
  • Packages from the West (bearing the inscription Geschenksendung - keine Handelsware)


Clothing

  • Home-made clothes
  • Men’s coats
  • Sports clothing
  • Children’s clothing
     

Foodstuffs

  • Food packaging (especially from the 1950s and 1960s)
  • Tinned food
  • Cigarettes + packs, e.g. Karo, Kabinett, Club


The public sphere

  • Civil defence sirens
  • Company signs, factory clocks, signs from public offices
  • Furnishings e.g. lamps from public offices
  • Traffic signs and city limits signs
  • Objects relating to the Palace of the Republic or the Palasthotel (especially large objects)
  • Petrol pumps, advertisements for Minol
  • Advertisements (printed advertisements, pavement signs, posters) from the 1950s and 1960s (DEWAG)


Other objects

  • Purchases made with the 100 DM “welcome money” e.g. a tape recorder, Walkman, clothes etc.
  • Bienchenstempel[A3]
  • Couch (min. 3-seater)
  • Objects related to doping in sport, e.g. Oral-Turinabol
  • Musical instruments (flutes, guitars, drum kits, keyboards etc.)
  • Trophies (sport, ideology, politics, company competitions)
  • Sport at school: gym mats, box vaults, football goals, basketball hoops etc.
  • Stasi surveillance technology
  • Telephones
  • Garden gnomes


Reports of experiences, stories and anecdotes experienced in the DDR (please send an e-mail to sammlung@ddr-museum.de)

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