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Deutsches Reichsbahn Train Eagle

Posted in Signage with tags , , on August 16, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgMagnificent! This is a German Railway eagle intended for mounting on the side of the engines. These were manufactured from an alloy, mostly Aluminium. The wingspan of this particular one is 60cm. The LOK marking stands for Lokomotive (train). The mounting stubs have never been threaded. On the reverse is marked G Al Mg Si. The G stands for Guss, meaning cast. The Al Mg and Si indicate the chemical composition of the alloy used.

 

The newly delivered Reichsbahn train with factory number "50 467" in Thorn (East Prussia.) The Reichsbahner (railway worker) at the front of the camera wearing a special uniform for the occupied territories with 8 buttons (usually 6), and the rare and only briefly used Litzenkragenspiegel of Generalgouvernement Polen. Unfortunately, the photographer had no steady hand and it has bit blurred when shooting. Also noteworthy is the Reichsbahn Adler, in which here the two letters "D" and "R" are attached on both sides of the emblem, which was more typically used in cars. The picture was taken by Walter Hollnagel in June 1940

The newly delivered Reichsbahn train with factory number “50 467” in Thorn (East Prussia.) The Reichsbahner (railway worker) at the front of the camera wearing a special uniform for the occupied territories with 8 buttons (usually 6), and the rare and only briefly used Litzenkragenspiegel of Generalgouvernement Polen. Unfortunately, the photographer had no steady hand and it has bit blurred when shooting. Also noteworthy is the Reichsbahn Adler, in which here the two letters “D” and “R” are attached on both sides of the emblem, which was more typically used in cars. The picture was taken by Walter Hollnagel in June 1940

L to R: Pfc Charles ”Toughy” Sobrito (brakeman/flagman), Sgt. Jim F. Deaton (conductor), T/4 Frank Hacker (engineer), and T/5 F.C. “Fudge” Moschini (fireman). This picture was taken in the spring of 1945 in Warburg, Germany.

L to R: Pfc Charles ”Toughy” Sobrito (brakeman/flagman), Sgt. Jim F. Deaton (conductor), T/4 Frank Hacker (engineer), and T/5 F.C. “Fudge” Moschini (fireman) of the United States 735th Railway Operating Battalion Co. C. This picture was taken in the spring of 1945 in Warburg, Germany.

The German Greeting Heil Hitler! Enamel Sign

Posted in Signage with tags , , on August 16, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis little enamel sign, manufactured to be placed next to a doorway, was intended to remind people to use Heil Hitler as their daily greeting. There was strong pressure after the Nazi takeover to push Heil Hitler as the common greeting and after the July 1944 bomb attempt it became mandatory over military as well as civilians. This one says, for the sake of the search engines, Der Deutsche grüßt heil Hitler!

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Adolf Hitler Strasse Street Sign

Posted in Signage with tags , , on June 6, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgAfter 1933 there was a rush to rename streets after prominent figures in the Nazi mythology. Herman Goering, Horst Wessel and of course the Führer himself. In 1945 there was an equally earnest rush to pull these street signs down and pretend that one was on holiday between 1933 and 1945 and therefore knew nothing about “ze war!”.

These signs are heavily faked but in this case it’s the real deal. The correct font and form, raised enamel on the letters, thick coating on the rear and appropriate marks for having been ground off the side of a building.

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A similar Adolf Hitler Straße sign in Neugasse, Heidelberg

 

Deutsche Arbeitsfront Enamel Sign

Posted in Signage with tags , , on August 10, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is an enamel sign for the Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) or German Labour Front. It would have originally been attached to the outside of a local DAF office.

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DAF Tavern Sign

Posted in Signage with tags , , on June 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis enamel sign would have originally hung outside a tavern that was assigned to travellers and representatives of the German Labour Front. It has grind marks in the corners where it was removed from a wall as well as some enamel loss around the edges but hey, it’s 80 years old.

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Enamel Nazi Party Noticeboard

Posted in Signage with tags , , on May 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a local Nazi Party noticeboard. It would have hung in local meeting halls and listed out the meeting times for the sub-organisations of the Party. Hier Spricht die NSDAP. Here speaks the Nazi Party. This one has a couple of small dings on the side where it has crimped at one point as well as grind marks on the corners where it was removed from a wall. The previous owner bolted it to a piece of plywood.

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