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30 December 2008.Today's item of household rubbish, taken from a carefully labelled and hoarded sack marked 30 December 1989, shows the wrapper of an East German Dresden Christmas Stollen. Probably made before the Berlin wall had fallen, it was consumed after the event. And very good it was too,sent to England from Dresden. This year we had one from a different baker (Raddatz) in the same street and packed in a less collectable printed clear cellophane wrapper. The old and highly respected guild of Stollen Makers in Dresden managed to survive amalgamation into a state-owned "Kombinat" and flourished under the PGH banner- Produktionsgenossenschaft des Handwerkes , literally a small craft makers' co-operative. The Rotophot postcard company in Bestensee also featured the acorn leaf and hammer symbol of the PGH network. It may be seen on this wrapper. This Stollen baker (Werner) also survives to the present day in the charmingly named Industriestrasse but ownership has passed now to Ina Werner All you need to know about Dresdner Stollen may be found here In most cases, the use of the Fraktur or Gothik typefaces had died out completely many years before as they sent out the wrong signals to the People. It survived on this wrapper throughout the life of the GDR.

Source Christmas Stollen 1989
Author Sludge G


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