02-07-2011, 01:58 AM
02-07-2011 01:58 AM
02-08-2011, 01:47 AM
Has the Handbuch ever been reprinted?
02-08-2011, 02:19 AM
02-16-2011, 07:29 PM
Well, F-B, if someone would just take the time to translate your Praxis book, the RZM bible, Uniformenmarkt, and "Der Schneidermeister" we would all be 1/2 way there. However, we will only continue to get innumerable coffee-table books on Militaria from all the various Militaria publishers, yet not one will step up to re-print that which is truly informative.
BTW, Der Schneidermeister is apparently available on DVD. I am going to try and get a copy:
02-17-2011, 12:58 AM
02-17-2011, 01:01 AM
02-17-2011, 06:11 AM
The image with the patriarchal gentleman instructing the row of seamstresses has always been very striking to me. It is a posed photograph and the subject is the tall dominant man. The women passively observe in their rayon work frocks as he lectures them, his back turned, pointing out something outside the photograph and at great height. Perhaps it is a political lecture? There is something very sad about images like these, they are windows into a doomed society, one that dragged many lives down with it.
I apologize for the maudlin photo analysis. These women must have worked incredibly hard and had increasing pressure put upon them as the four year plan squeezed the quality and craftmanship out of these uniform items due to increasing war desperation.
Onto the RZM manual -- Imagine explaining its significance to a complete layperson, both to the period and collecting.
Maybe one day I shall gaze into its thin crisp pages and wonder at the words that will reveal scant meaning to my anglophonic self.
FB sir, your posts are not in vain and possess a splendid coherence! You excel at staying on message.
02-17-2011, 11:42 AM
The Fuehrerprinzip in action, especially since the women at work at Peek & Cloppenburg represented the Nazi vision of female energy in service of victory in total war. The text of the volume is far more valuable than the pictures, but it is nicely written and of a genre that goes strong in Germany, today, that is vocational training that somehow aspires to pride in handicrafts and the role of the worker in the nation. None of it being at all really Marxist, but also not without the influence of the latter along with modernized guild pride. In this case, though, in the face of what is called "Americanization," i.e. "Fordism."
It is actually an interesting book and also a knock off in another way of other histories of uniforms through history of the era which are always interesting, too.
It is not a book for the website stitch fairies, archaeological fetishists, and internet pedants, but all the more valuable all the same.
02-17-2011, 11:45 AM
02-17-2011, 07:56 PM
I researched the area of optical character recognition software recently. I hoped that technology might help with the task of digitising this wealth of information.
Unfortunately, most can't handle the Fraktur typeface at all well with the f and s problem being the major one. Then of course you've still got the translation problem with most computer driven translators spewing out jibberish.
Yes, I know I should just learn the language!