Raymond-Émile Waydelich

Greater Germany Clock , 1990

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During the 1960s, Raymond E. Waydelich worked as a photographer on archaeological digs. He is seen as a collector, sculptor, magician, storyteller, caricaturist, and in these diverse capacities, he is working on an archaeology of the future. Waydelich focuses thematically upon the processes of harnessing the past for the future by means of the conservation of objects. Große Deutschland Uhr presents two newspapers - the tabloid BILD and the broadsheet Frankfurter Rundschau - both from the same day, namely 4 October, 1990, the first day of German reunification, along with a jam jar containing cheap toy soldiers made from plastic, string and sealing material, as well as a clock with its hands pointing just past twelve o’clock, i.e. the zero hour of a new dispensation. The casing of the clock manufactured by the firm “Telefonbau und Normalzeit” is of interest here. The firm was formally known as “Deutsche Privat Telephon Gesellschaft H. Fuld & Co”, founded in 1899 in Frankfurt am Main by Harry Fuld, a German Jew and entrepreneur. The firm would go on to become a leading company among industries manufacturing low voltage appliances. Following a boycott of orders and “aryanisation”, the company emerged in 1937 with a new gloss and name, “Telefonbau und Normalzeit GmbH (T&N)”, itself, another chapter in German history.

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