N023781 DAF MESS HALL PLATE. (Platte)
BACKGROUND: The DAF, Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (German Labor Front), originally founded on May 2ND 1933, became an official NSDAP organization on October 24TH 1934. Its stated purpose was to educate the workers in industry and commerce for smooth and efficient operation of all labor in the Third Reich. The structure of the DAF was basically the same as the NSDAP with different political levels of organization. Due to the diversification in labor the DAF was divided into sub-sections for specific trades and/or professions and it also controlled the KdF, Kraft durch Freude, (Strength through Joy), organization which provided recreation for workers. In 1934 the SdA, Schönheit der Arbeit" (Beauty of Labor), organization was established as a sub-section of the KdF under the control of Albert Speer who was responsible for improving working conditions in factories, including setting up canteens and supplying the flatware and cutlery. Of Note: This is a good example of the complexity of NSDAP organizations, although this is listed as a DAF item it is in fact a SdA item, under the auspices of the KdF, and could have potentially be used in a multitude of workplaces.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 19cm diameter, fire glazed, white stoneware plate with a subtly recessed center and a raised outer lip. The bottom of the plate is well marked with a green printed under glaze, DAF emblem consisting of a multi-cogged wheel encompassing a canted swastika, and surrounded by script, "Modell des Amtes Schönheit der Arbeit" (Official Pattern, Beauty of Labor). The bottom of the plate also has green, print under glaze, manufacturers logo, name and location.
GRADE **** PRICE $32.00
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