Berlin: Dresdner Bank, 1989. Folded map, measuring 63 × 86 cm, folded measurements 31.5 × 21.5 cm. Old creases and light fading to edges; else about very good. Item #6406
Evidently published in November 1989 to welcome East German citizens who were able to visit West Berlin legally after the inner-German border was opened. With printed text reading: "As a large Berlin financial institution, with a special connection to you by its name alone, we would like to make your visit easier. On presentation of your identity paper, we will pay out the 'Begrüßungsgeld'..." The Begrüßungsgeld, or "welcome payment," was first introduced in 1970, but after November 9, 1989 it was paid out in cash to all visitors from the East. The sudden influx of tens of thousands of GDR citizens led to great logistical difficulties and a near collapse of the public transportation system, explaining the present map. Banks were also impacted severely, with many branches remaining open twenty-four hours and facing enormous lines. The scale of the map is 1:50.000. An interesting relic of the tumultuous period following the German "Wende," or peaceful revolution.
KVK, OCLC only show the copy at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (however, its measurements differ from our copy, which appears to be larger).