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Consumer Culture in the East February 1, 2012. The communist penchant for heavy industry (here: Klement Gottwald and the building of socialism in Czechoslovakia)

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1 Consumer Culture in the East February 1, 2012

2 The communist penchant for heavy industry (here: Klement Gottwald and the building of socialism in Czechoslovakia)

3 Competition for “socialist achievement” on the factory floor

4 The old town – and industry – in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

5 “Nowa Huta” outside Cracow, Poland (and the Lenin Steel Works)

6 The “Stalin Avenue” in East Berlin

7 Shoppers along the Stalinallee

8 Stores along the Stalinallee, 1954: Furniture, groceries, household goods

9 Inside the stores: the GDR claimed to have all these goods available…

10 … but often people had to wait in line for groceries, shoes, and other necessities

11 Buying fabric in the East German “Trade Organization” shop, 1963

12 Movie theaters in the Soviet bloc: “International” (Berlin), “Kosmos” (Berlin), “Kosmos” (Katowice)

13 The World Clock on the Alexanderplatz

14 Kitchen and living room of an East German apartment, ca. 1963

15 Socialist modern: the “tin can” building in Leipzig (building from 1908; façade renovated 1966-68)

16 The TV Tower in East Berlin (built 1965-69)

17 Close-up of the TV tower


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