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Old 11-06-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Genossen,
A recently Recovered Other Ranks Pattern Great Coat likely of Brezhnevka vantage, was found to have a stamp in it of black ink,

Gustav Linke Berlin N53

Any ideas?, it has a larger collar than normal by one centmetre and the underside of it is reinforced with a Zigzag.

I'm posting it here as it seems to be a fraternal garment made for our "Friends."
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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I had heard (but not seen myself) of Soviet uniform items (boots, tunics etc.) made to the Soviet pattern but by German tailors, cobblers etc. However, in all such cases, the items were intended for officers and fairly senior ones. It is strange to see it in a lower rank item, which could potentially be for someone as lowly as a conscript. Perhaps it was a way of achieving Socialism
An interesting historical artefact, Genosse!
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
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Genossen,
A recently Recovered Other Ranks Pattern Great Coat likely of Brezhnevka vantage, was found to have a stamp in it of black ink,

Gustav Linke Berlin N53

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I think that is an East Berlin address postcode, but these old style postcodes were stopped in the 1950s or early 1960s and I can not imagine how it might have ended up in a Breshnev era item? Cheers, Torsten.
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:22 AM   #4
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Thank you Genossen, most interesting, it does also also have a Cyrillic stamp in black ink as well but it is unclear to be read.
This Stamp is not to normal Soviet Army Garments I hold within War Store " Emill"


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Old 11-07-2010, 05:01 AM   #5
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Berlin N53 means the correct Post Office Code. There they collected the Mail with No.53 and selected then on the Streets in that Area.
Didn't have my List by the Hand but N means North and 53 is for the "Zustellpostamt". Lot's of Tailors worked for the russians. A guy I meet every Morning at Cafe Dakota in Berlin came from the east in 1958 I think and his dad tailored for the russians too. that was the only way to get fabric also for civy customers. He had a real funny Name but wasn't a relative to the other one. Erich Mielke. his son also learned Tailor and after the wall came down, people looked at the Phonebook and visited him to blame him for his Dad's work, but the guy they meant wasn't his Dad.
The Bezirk nord was around the old Stettiner Bahnhof. It's the Nordbahnhof today and the Wall was directly next to it, so the Tracks were in the East. It's a 3 Minute Walk from my Carpenter Shop.
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Thank you Genossen, most interesting, it does also also have a Cyrillic stamp in black ink as well but it is unclear to be read.
This Stamp is not to normal Soviet Army Garments I hold within War Store " Emill"


It's an approval Stamp, that the coat can be given to the Officer and the Payment would be covered by the Soviet Administration. Normally it was an Id for the Inspector who examined the Garment.
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