Tag: East Germany

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days or so:  You've read endless commentary on the Miami University football booster scandal involving Nevin Shapiro, why not read the original investigation by Charles Robinson? (Yahoo! Sports) A very cool photo gallery by Natsumi Hayashi, the "levitating girl" from Tokyo (Geekologie) Will Google+ be able to unseat Flickr as the premiere destination for photographers on the web? (TechCrunch) A fascinating gallery of photographs taken by the East German Stasi (secret police) during the Cold War era. (Conscientious Extended) You'd swear this article on the role of police patrols and the impact of broken windows in a neighborhood wasn't written almost 30 years ago, it's so relevant (The Atlan
Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 1

Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 1

Ephemera
My recent trip to Cape Cod yielded an unexpected treasure from a local flea market -- a large stash of vintage View-Master reels. Longtime readers of this site will have seen my postings of New Jersey and New York View-Master slides from the 1950s. Up next we hop on a plane (or boat) and head over to Europe to pay a visit to Germany of the early 1960s. Or at least I'm guessing it's the early 1960s. There's no date printed on the reels or the booklet but the latter mentions the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961. Further, these reels were published by Sawyer's back when they owned View-Master, which was true until they were acquired by the General Aniline & Film (GAF) Corporation in 1966. So there you go. So let's get going already. Here's the first of three reels depicting Germ...
Album cover of the week: Wiegenlied

Album cover of the week: Wiegenlied

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Courtesy of the excellent Arkadin's Ark music blog comes one of the strangest and most disturbing covers I've featured in this series.  It's a 1977 release from German jazz big shot Klaus Lenz and his band.  It's called Wiegenlied (translated to Lullaby), and it was the final album Lenz recorded in East Germany, which he left the following year to go to West Germany. Ah, so quintessentially German, eh?  I'm willing to bet there's all sorts of meaning behind the imagery here, but I have a feeling knowing it would be even more disturbing.