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The Golden Twenties

Revolutionary Era of German Art, Culture & Science

The Germans already learned how to use the automobile during the First World War. Soldiers drove military vehicles, young recruits trucks, and most civilians, at least as passengers. And even years after the war, pre-war models shaped the street scene. In any case, the automobile in Germany was long regarded as a luxury vehicle in the luxury class alone. That changed at the beginning of the 1920s when the automobile industry launched new types of vehicles.

Enthusiasm for Automobiles

The 16th IAA, (international automobile exhibition), which opened its doors in 1924 in Berlin on Kaiserdamm, brought the breakthrough. A real enthusiasm for automobiles was sparked. The two large halls of the exhibition were not enough to accommodate all the innovations, which is why several prototypes were parked outdoors. Limos, trucks and motorcycles, factory machinery and rubber tires, but above all small cars were shown. The market of the future.

 

The Neue Berliner Zeitung wrote: Germany is no longer rich enough to afford the luxury of wasting time. Long, time-consuming journeys to the workplace are an economic disadvantage for the working people. Everyone who entered the exhibition halls asked themselves the question of the cheap car - the "car for everyone".

The idea of ​​motorization of the people was most convincingly implemented by the Hanomag company from Hanover, which had previously built locomotives. The company presented a two-seater with a single-cylinder four-stroke engine and a maximum output of 60 kilometers per hour. The engine still had to be "torn" by hand. In return, the Hanomag, as the car was called, only cost 2.300 Reichsmarks, at that time relatively cheap for a motorized base. The car had a track width of 1,40 meters and a length of 2,80 meters. A box shape for which Berliners immediately found a nickname "Kommissbrot." Like the soldiers' rectangular wholemeal bread.

Another small car was presented at the exhibition, which caused a sensation. The Opel 4/12 PS "Laubfrosch" (tree frog), an open two-seater, and the first automobile that was produced on the assembly line in Germany. The car was called the tree frog because of its green paint, small size, and springy wheels. Kommissbrot and Laubfrosch made the automobile exhibition a success. Large numbers of both cars soon went into production - the birth of the car for the little man.

Kommissbrot and Laubfrosch made the automobile exhibition a success. Large numbers of both cars soon went into production - the birth of the car for the little man.

Fascination Sport

Despite omnipresent poverty, the twenties were characterized by rapid advances in technology, economy, culture and lifestyle. Many were fascinated by sport. Sport made people feel like they were taking part in important decisions. Due to the defeat and its consequences, many people were looking for ways to compensate - in record attempts of all kinds to find the value of their nation and themselves. For example, daring maneuvers by racing drivers in motorsport, made the crowd run wild.

The German Grand Prix for sports cars at the Nürburgring, which opened in 1927, was one of the most important European racing events of the year. A total of 41 sports cars of various brands started. Mercedes-Benz started with 6 vehicles. A mechanic accompanied the racing driver as a co-pilot.

1923 marks the start of the construction of BMW motorcycles. The R 32 is the first motorcycle from BMW - with the world-famous boxer engine. With its 500 cc and 16 hp - twice the power of the previous model - the R 37 from 1925 opened the gates to racing.

 

Since not everyone was able to get behind a 300 km/h high-speed automobile, many sports enthusiasts turned to the Olympic idea and started to become active themselves. Gym clubs or swimming clubs got a large influx and many, also regional championships were held.

New Lifestyle

Entertainment & Leisure

A car was needed. You could impress women with it. You could win women over in a car. The aim of such car tours, for example, were the new cinemas. Impressive moving pictures were projected onto walls in cinemas and created the perfect illusion of the lives of others. You just had to see that.

 

Entertainment for the population became an essential part of their leisure time and created a completely new lifestyle. People visited cinemas and concert halls or enjoyed themselves at sports and dance events. Towards the end of the decade, the 1920s really shone golden for large parts of the population.

The golden twenties were a wild and revolutionary age, in terms of lifestyle as well as fashion. Frenzy and pace pervaded the entire decade. People wanted to live intensely again.

We thank all participants, partners and members of the network for their cooperation, contribution and effort. The images provided in this story are featured and copyright protected by multiple notable members of the community: Visit Berlin, Berliner Zeitung, Bundesarchiv, Deutsches Technikmuseum, TASCHEN, BMWi, IAA, BMW, Opel, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Nürburgring, akg images, audible, CMG Worldwide, shutterstock and Diplomats Society.

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VERTICAL FARMING

growing future

Golden Twenties

Revolutionary Era of

German Art, Culture & Science

The Germans already learned how to use the automobile during the First World War. Soldiers drove military vehicles, young recruits trucks, and most civilians, at least as passengers. And even years after the war, pre-war models shaped the street scene. In any case, the automobile in Germany was long regarded as a luxury vehicle in the luxury class alone. That changed at the beginning of the 1920s when the automobile industry launched new types of vehicles.

Enthusiasm

for Automobiles

The 16th IAA, (international automobile exhibition), which opened its doors in 1924 in Berlin on Kaiserdamm, brought the breakthrough. A real enthusiasm for automobiles was sparked. The two large halls of the exhibition were not enough to accommodate all the innovations, which is why several prototypes were parked outdoors. Limos, trucks and motorcycles, factory machinery and rubber tires, but above all small cars were shown. The market of the future.

The Neue Berliner Zeitung wrote: Germany is no longer rich enough to afford the luxury of wasting time. Long, time-consuming journeys to the workplace are an economic disadvantage for the working people. Everyone who entered the exhibition halls asked themselves the question of the cheap car - the "car for everyone".

The idea of ​​motorization of the people was most convincingly implemented by the Hanomag company from Hanover, which had previously built locomotives. The company presented a two-seater with a single-cylinder four-stroke engine and a maximum output of 60 kilometers per hour. The engine still had to be "torn" by hand. In return, the Hanomag, as the car was called, only cost 2.300 Reichsmarks, at that time relatively cheap for a motorized base. The car had a track width of 1,40 meters and a length of 2,80 meters. A box shape for which Berliners immediately found a nickname "Kommissbrot." Like the soldiers' rectangular wholemeal bread.

Another small car was presented at the exhibition, which caused a sensation. The Opel 4/12 PS "Laubfrosch" (tree frog), an open two-seater, and the first automobile that was produced on the assembly line in Germany. The car was called the tree frog because of its green paint, small size, and springy wheels. Kommissbrot and Laubfrosch made the automobile exhibition a success. Large numbers of both cars soon went into production - the birth of the car for the little man.

Kommissbrot and Laubfrosch made the automobile exhibition a success. Large numbers of both cars soon went into production - the birth of the car for the little man.

Fascination Sport

Despite omnipresent poverty, the twenties were characterized by rapid advances in technology, economy, culture and lifestyle. Many were fascinated by sport. Sport made people feel like they were taking part in important decisions.

Due to the defeat and its consequences, many people were looking for ways to compensate - in record attempts of all kinds to find the value of their nation and themselves. For example, daring maneuvers by racing drivers in motorsport, made the crowd run wild.

The German Grand Prix for sports cars at the Nürburgring, which opened in 1927, was one of the most important European racing events of the year. A total of 41 sports cars of various brands started. Mercedes-Benz started with 6 vehicles. A mechanic accompanied the racing driver as a co-pilot.

1923 marks the start of the construction of BMW motorcycles. The R 32 is the first motorcycle from BMW - with the world-famous boxer engine. With its 500 cc and 16 hp - twice the power of the previous model - the R 37 from 1925 opened the gates to racing.

Since not everyone was able to get behind a 300 km/h high-speed automobile, many sports enthusiasts turned to the Olympic idea and started to become active themselves. Gym clubs or swimming clubs got a large influx and many, also regional championships were held.

New Lifestyle

Entertainment & Leisure

A car was needed. You could impress women with it. You could win women over in a car. The aim of such car tours, for example, were the new cinemas. Impressive moving pictures were projected onto walls in cinemas and created the perfect illusion of the lives of others. You just had to see that.

Entertainment for the population became an essential part of their leisure time and created a completely new lifestyle. People visited cinemas and concert halls or enjoyed themselves at sports and dance events. Towards the end of the decade, the 1920s really shone golden for large parts of the population.

The golden twenties were a wild and revolutionary age, in terms of lifestyle as well as fashion. Frenzy and pace pervaded the entire decade. People wanted to live intensely again.

We thank all participants, partners and members of the network for their cooperation, contribution and effort. The images provided in this story are featured and copyright protected by multiple notable members of the community: Visit Berlin, Berliner Zeitung, Bundesarchiv, Deutsches Technikmuseum, TASCHEN, BMWi, IAA, BMW, Opel, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Nürburgring, akg images, audible, CMG Worldwide, shutterstock and Diplomats Society.

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