You probably thought all those wooden toys
from your local version of the KrisKindlMarkt
were made in Bavaria. But wooden toys from Germany were an economic engine that supported a large percentage of the population of the Deutsche Democratische Repulic. In fact, people in the DDR were not allowed to own these toys, they were all made for export to the west.
You can still find "Unter dem Tisch" (secret, illegal) collections in towns like Dippoldiswalde
in the Erzgebirge mountains on the Czech border.
posted by nax
on Jan 11, 2008 -
meticulously catalogs radio controlled and flywheel powered cars made by East German (DDR) toy makers such as Presu, Elmes, MSW, Anker, Piko, Gevo, Plasticart and Sommermeyer.
posted by riffola
on Jan 7, 2008 -