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5 Jan 2015
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Deutsches Museum I

Deutsches Museum I

Blog new style, with large pictures in the text.
And it's about my favorite museum, the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Every time I'm in Munich, I try to go there.
Our little lady loved it! You will find the largest objects here, rooms full of airplanes, boats, rockets and a very nice section about book binding & printing plus a section about papermaking. It really makes my heart beat faster. And for the first time I saw my favorite sections in daylight, during earlier visits the departments were darkened. That gave me the opportunity to take some pictures. It's strange to see these devices, that I use in my daily work, standing in a museum. Deutsches Museum 1 I percieve this picture as so special and impressively large. I would love to take a look at this bindery. The dusty dimmed lights, the letter cabinets so close together. Mustaches were definitely in and it must have been so unhealthy with all that lead!
I also have a letter cabinet and wash my hands right after I have printed with my leaden letter corpses. The layout of my cabinet is different than in the picture below. I would therefore be confused if I had to cleanup. Deutsches Museum 1 Deutsches Museum 1 My new addition in the studio is a press. Especially nice to see it here at the museum. Using additional levers you can apply even higher pressure. Convenient to flatten magazines or booklets before you bind them, but also the base of a box stays in here for one night. Deutsches Museum 1 My large guillotine scissors in the museum. Indestructible German quality! You can read the size of what you are cutting in 2 different ways. I will write a blog about it sometime. Deutsches Museum 1 On this machine, I had to learn to sew for bookbinding exam.
You slide magazines on the saddle and then automatically holes are pinched in the spine of the booklet.
A feared part of the examination and I have shed many tears at this machine. I almost decided not to get my degree because of this machine. You will not be surprised to not see it in my studio.
Although practice makes perfect;-) Deutsches Museum 1 My little lady walked around with Sander through the museum while I walked through my sections in my own pace. And this time I got a private tour by the manager of the bookbinding department. So fun!
Next weekend I will post a video of the bindery they have recreated in miniature!