Traffic Sign "Frankfurt"

An old wooden traffic sign on the former border between East and West Germany. It's probably one of the rare East German signs that survived.

  • bike2chemnitz 7y

    Did it say Frankfurt before 1990 then?
  • Ralf_H. PRO 7y

    I guess so. It was a transit route between West Germany and West Berlin.
  • bike2chemnitz 7y

    Isn't it the same typeface as the "west" German road signs?

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • Ralf_H. PRO 7y

    Close, but not the same as the current specifications for DIN 1451.
  • Paul B 5y

    "Back then" from what I remember, going to the BRD would be signposed "Transit BRD" and to Berlin was "Transit Westberlin" ("Berlin" reserved for the Capital of the DDR.) The autobahn from Berlin to Helmstedt never mentioned Helmstedt or any city in the BRD. As you got closer there was a sign "Grenzgebiet" warning that you needed sondergenehmigung to go there, and then a "letzte Ausfahrt in der DDR" sign. Presumably if you weren't allied or had the special permission, you'd be in a world of trouble driving past the border area warning.

    There was also "Transit VR Polen" and "Transit CSSR" if I remember rightly. Ah, the good old nichtsozialistisches Ausland!
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