In praise of the chrome logos and lettering affixed to vintage automobiles and electric appliances — those unsung metal emblems and badges that are overlooked, forgotten, damaged, lost to time or the dump.

Is this kind of thing up your alley? Check out this short presentation and the exhibition in Berlin.

Under construction. Potholes common. Services minimal. Blame the management.

Best: photography, lettering, badges (overall design)

Color: white, black, gray, silver, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, beige

Era: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Car Make: AMC, Alfa Romeo, Austin-Healey, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Ford, Holden, Hudson, International, Jaguar, Karmann Ghia, Lamborghini, Lincoln, Mercedes, Mercury, MG, Morris, Oldsmobile, Packard, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Studebaker, Volvo, VW

Car Model: 88, 500, 3000, Apache, Bel Air, Camaro, Capri, Charger, Continental, Cougar, Corvette, Custom, Dart, Fairlane, Falcon, Fury, Galaxie, GT, Hornet, Impala, Mustang, Special, SS, V8

Not Car: bicycle, camera, espresso machine, fan, refrigerator, scooter, typewriter

Letter: A, B, H, M, S, V, Z

Lettering Style: romanscript, sans, serif, script, slab, swash | condensed, extended | baseline connection, underline | italic, left leaning

Motif: circle, crown, globe, lightning bolt, rocket, shield, wings

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Logo by Laura Serra.

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Opel Kadett “L” (1963-65) by Florian Hardwig

Commentary by Eric Bruckbauer of Other People’s Things:

“I don’t get to travel to Europe as much as I would like, it’s a whole untapped resource of amazing cars. I find that any time I go I am fascinated by even the most common models we didn’t receive in the States.

This is a prime example. The Kadett was Opel’s attempt to create a car to rival the success of the Volkswagen Beetle, and in most respects it was a success. It was certainly more contemporary and spacious, and the water cooled engine was thoroughly modern compared to the air cooled VW.

Unfortunately its design was also its undoing as the body was poorly protected from rust. It’s good to see that someone has taken great care to restore and protect this one, it even looks like it’s painted the original “Gray Green” exterior color. The “L” badge on the interior glove compartment denotes it was the Luxury model, featuring a laundry list of chrome and interior material upgrades over the standard offering.”

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