Arbeitsfront 2

Die Deutsche Arbeitsfront (Germany) / 1941

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Design: The lettering around the top is of the 'Schwabacher' family, a variant of Gothic that is more open and less rigid in character than the traditional 'fraktur' (seen in the stripe at the centre), and tending more toward the humanistic proportions of Roman lettering. It has been interpreted as a reaction against the restraints of scholasticism (the narrow discipline of medieval schools of thought).

History: The 'N[ational] S[ocialist] Gemeinschaft Kraft Durch Freude' (KdF) was the Nazis' 'Community Strength Through Joy' program, which sought to organize and improve workers' leisure time. The KdF was not a subsidiary of the military, but existed for the benefit of workers and soldiery; its ideals are represented by the cog-wheel around the swastika above (whose arms are being extended through the sun-rays). Several revolutionary ideas for workers which are now universally taken for granted were initiated by the KdF, including the possibility of individual vehicle ownership (which led to the development of the Volkswagen car); longer vacations, including paid holidays; better industrial buildings and better working conditions; and involved the staging of art exhibitions and other cultural events. On the earlier label the heading reads: 'Our Christmas Carols,' but here it reads 'War Christmas 1941.' 'Schallplatten-spende' means 'Record gift.' Label scan courtesy of collector Kjell Thorsen of Norway.

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