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imagesampelmannMeet “Ampelmann.” (English translation: “Traffic Light Man.”) Designed in 1961 by an East German “traffic psychologist” named Karl Peglau, Ampelmann may have been one of the first, if not the first, pictographic pedestrian crossing symbols. Peglau wanted a symbol that would be readily understood, particularly by children.

With his broad-brimmed, flat-topped hat and vigorous stride, the green Ampelmann is cute and cartoonish. Compare the relatively bland west German version and the generic stick figure used as the pan-European default


In 1994, after reunification, West German engineers began pulling down all the Ampelmanns and replaced them with the boring West German version. Though the decision was based on the outdated electronics of the GDR’s traffic signals rather than aesthetics, the move quickly came to symbolize the overarching flaw in the reunification process – its tendency to heedlessly discard the good with the bad from East German society.

A sort of cult protest movement coalesced around Ampelmann. The figure has been restored at many Berlin intersections and here and there elsewhere in Germany. Naturally, Germany having a free-market economy, the protest quickly morphed into a merchandizing fad.

ampelmann store

Above: The main Ampelmann Shop, at Hackesher Hof, one of three in Berlin.
Below: Some (not all) of the Ampelmann swag, arranged in our hotel room.


Can you find a song for an amplemann? (also for an ampelfrau)

19 Octubre 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

11 comentaris »

  1. The video of Sara I like very because indicates the precaution.

    Comentari per xisco1997 | 22 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  2. Hello ,i’m lukas.

    Comentari per lukas | 22 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  3. It’s very, very interesting for the differents tipes of the trafic lights

    Comentari per miguel | 21 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  4. It’s incredible the diferences in west and esat germany

    Comentari per tatidt | 21 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  5. Is very impresionant in German the trafics lighs it’s very funny.the germans sense of humor.

    Comentari per pepe | 20 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  6. i like the song and the histori too.

    Comentari per carlos | 20 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  7. I like very much this new because are interesting because the doll is diferent.

    Comentari per xisco | 19 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  8. Esta muy bien Sara es interesante el video.

    Comentari per peptoni | 19 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  9. Muy poético el vídeo, Sara.
    Tiene una moraleja o mensaje. ¿Cuál es?

    Comentari per emiligene | 19 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  10. its very cool and I cnowed because I have famili in Berlin.

    Comentari per Angel Blanch | 19 Octubre 2009 | Respon

  11. look at the video

    Comentari per Sara Bouza | 19 Octubre 2009 | Respon

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