DIY for the plan

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Home-made production chart

Progress reports on the production plan were routine in the GDR economy.

Production quotas were set by the state bureaucracy and had to be met by every workshop, administration or farm. This chart offers a survey of the production of a state run horticulture branch and shows a selection of the different vegetables, fruit and flowers cultivated.

The blue strip indicates the planned quota and the red indicates the current state of production. Endive and cabbage turnip had been produced well beyond the plan while lettuce and rhubarb came up short.

Since ready-made charts weren´t available in the plan economy the nursery made their own of hook and eye fasteners and elastic ribbon normally used for making clothes.

How to cite this page

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Andreas Ludwig, 'DIY for the plan', Inventing Europe, http://www.inventingeurope.eu/story/diy-for-the-plan

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About this tour

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DIY under Short Supply

In pre-electronic times, many people had sufficient manual skills to repair, modify or even construct artifacts of daily use beyond mass production. While for most people DIY is rather a leisure activity, in the GDR and other state socialist countries, it was also a necessity to overcome shortages in production and supply within the plan economy. Home-made things highlight the importance of a 'second economy' of self-organization as part of an up-coming consumer society in the East that was trying in many ways to match the West.

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Economy of the German Democratic Republic



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