Bussard (Buzzard) Piccolo –small simple stove, complex and momentous time

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  1. presscall

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    Walter Ulbricht, leader of East Germany from 1950 until 1971, ordered the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to provide citizens with “antifascist protection” (he said) but actually to hinder the flight of East Germans to the West. Emigration between 1949 and August 1961 (when the wall was completed) amounted to 2.6 millions out of a population of 17 millions.

    From January to August 1961 nearly 50% of the 180,000 who fled were under age 25 and as well as creating a barrier to flight Ulbricht realised he needed to soften the shock of being corralled among the young people he expected would be at the forefront of any uprising and to distract them, he put on a show. Well, it went beyond that and at the Deutschlandtreffen der Jugeng (German Youth Festival) Kdp2-2D4W90[/media]]Youtube clip HERE staged in East Berlin between (16th and 18th May 1964) attracted half-a-million young East Germans and around 30-thousand young West Germans were invited to demonstrate to them that the East was cool and maybe induce them to stay for good (they didn't).

    The attraction was Western rock and roll, sport, talk, camping in the parks and open spaces on the banks of the Rivers Spree and Dahme and (quoting the slogan at the time) to enjoy “Sun, Sex and Socialism!”

    This Bussard Piccolo was distributed to those attending the festival. This example has evidently not been used, though the fuel tablets have been raided, leaving just one-and-a-half out of a box of ten remaining. Having been mothballed together with festival pennants, I’m guessing it was kept as a souvenir. A couple of the Piccolo stoves are in German museum collections but are of a later date and not ‘commemorative’ Deutschlandtreffen der Jugeng issue

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    The base to sit solid fuel tablets on simply inserts into the pot stand ring

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    The instructions suggest that canned food can be cooked in the can (it has to be quite a broad-diameter can), with the top opened of course - using the simple can opener included in the set

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    The fuel tablets, made by an East German chemical company who I notice marketed ski wax too

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    All boxed and ready to use

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    The instructions

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    Box details

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    Close-up, logo on the box. German bear, crowned, holding up the Brandenburg Gate

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    Matches with the set

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    Cover

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    A bit of advertising from the chemical company on the reverse

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    Stove and pennants. The German Red Cross one says, as far as I can make out, that they're working to promote a healthy and joyful life for people

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    Reverse of the blue pennant - Whole lotta sport going on! (my very rough translation!)

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    Final word from a festival-goer ...

     
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  2. Big Si

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    John, where do you find these from.
    Si
     
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    Excellent post as always, John.
    A rare commemorative stove placed into its historical context.

    I have to admit that I don't remember that East German festival and I probably did not know anything about it at the time.
     
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    Just when I think all styles of stove have been represented....

    T%hanks again John,
    Ken in NC
     
  5. Doc Mark

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    Morning, John,

    Another lovely and very interesting stove has come to the fore here at CCS, due to your always excellent work!! Thank you, very much, and also thanks for the additional information about the area and time period in which this little stoves came to be. Much appreciated! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
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    Excellent post!
    What a rare survivor that set is! Lightweight, nearly disposible, a real gem.

    Alec.
     
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    What a great little time capsule this gem is. I love stoves that have a story. It dismays me how few stove records survive. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. presscall

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    Thanks all.

    A bit to add.

    It occurred to me that the colour scheme of the Bussard box and matchbook of blue and yellow with accents of black is the same as that for the badge of the East German Youth organisation Freie Deutsche Jugend (Free German Youth).

    I'm thinking it was probably intentional as a branding exercise. Subsequent editions of the stove (I'm going on those two examples I've mentioned in German museum collections) retained the colour scheme but without the Deutschlandtreffen der Jugend references

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    Joining the FDJ was voluntary, but not joining meant harder times ahead when trying to gain admission to university and jobseeking. Membership was almost universal consequently.

    Those blue-shirted young people in the Youtube clip were FDJ members.

    Oh, yes, the matchbook.

    The slogan on the reverse, Chemie für jeden Sport makes an unfortunate and presumably unintentional association with doping, since it translates as "Chemistry for every sport".

    Doping of athletes in East Germany

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    John
     
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    Brilliant presentation of a very rare item. This compilation will probably exist a handfull today - if at all.
    No stove to really use but an important piece of history.
    Thank you John for sharing with us.
    Peter
     
  10. ally

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    just love the simplicity - nice find

    :)
     
  11. presscall

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    I returned to this thread for reference and realised the link to the Youtube video of the German Youth Festival no longer worked.

    Here’s the video.