Saturday, May 23, 2009

Market Colors

They say one man’s junk is another’s treasure. That being the case, there was a lot to treasure at Maxvorstadt neighborhood’s annual Flee Market. 60-70 residents displayed their most un-needed items such as vintage advertisements, toy Lufthansa airplanes, Mozart records, or old copies of Struwwelpeter (a German children’s version of Edward Scissorhands – of sorts). Also seen at the market were traditional marionette puppets, dirndl dresses, Bayern FC trading cards, and this Love van pictured here. Volkswagen cars and vans have reached cult status in Germany, and this has spread throughout the world. This picture shows what’s known as a T3 Volkswagen – the T1 was the beetle and the T2 was the original van with rounded corners – which was produced from 1979 to 1991. The key innovation in the T3, aside from its square corners, was expanded interior space by lowering the engine compartment. Then in 1981, Volkswagon phased out their air-cooled engine for water-cooled versions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice job, thanks a lot for the daily phote and please keep goin!!!But dude sorry the T1 wasn't the beetle (the beetle was "type 1"!). The vans were all "type 2", the first generation was named "T1" and was recognized by the splitted windscreen. The others - you were right - "T2" with the round corners, "T3" on the pic and "T4" with water cooled (front!) engine. (
Cheers - Klaus