‘Wessis’ in my Drawer

'Wessis' in meiner Schublade
So <em>Bundesrepublik Deutschland</em> press studs were sold in Malaysia during the Cold War. - <em>by SL Wong</em>

So Bundesrepublik Deutschland press studs were sold in Malaysia during the Cold War.

Looking for press studs for a cushion cover, I was stunned to discover this in my sewing kit – in Malaysia. The ‘Made in West Germany’ declaration meant they were at least 24 years old. This confirmed that (1) I hadn’t sewn press studs in a very long time and (2) I was as big a hoarder as my father. I felt disproportionate joy at the discovery. Our Berlin stint had ended a mere two months before. We were missing the capital terribly. Still, years later, I continue to treasure the press studs – probably disproportionately so.

‘Wessis’ is the term for West Germans, the East German equivalent being ‘Ossis’.

Experienced: 17.03.2013 || Recounted: 31.03.2015 Click here for bigger map
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