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The Spoon Family Sign of Leipzig

The Spoon Family sign in Leipzig, Germany.

  One of the most iconic neon signs of the former East Germany is the Löffelfamilie (Spoon Family) sign that hung over the People’s-Owned Enterprise (VEB) Delicatessen in the GDR’s capital city of Leipzig. Dating back to 1973, the sign features a family of four eating their bowls of soup and beckoning anyone looking at …

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Neon Signs of East Germany

Like its fellow Eastern Bloc nations Poland and Hungary, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had a very lively neon culture that cast a colorful glow on a very dark time. Many of the GDR’s neon signs advertised local businesses and enterprises. Others were used for propaganda purposes. Ultimately both were used to proclaim the …

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The Buchstabenmuseum

The Buchstabenmuseum (meaning “museum of letters” in German) is a German museum dedicated to saving neon signs from around the world, and the former East Germany in particular. Located in the heart of Berlin, the Buchstabenmuseum is definitely a place you’ll want to visit if you’re a fan of neon signs or nighttime culture, especially the nighttime culture of …

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