Vintage German Weather House, c. 1949
This is a vintage German Weather House made in the GDR (East German Democratic Republic (East Germany, 1949 - 1990). The house is made mostly of wood and some paper around the base of the floor. The house has two windows and a deer head mounted between, and two large doors always open to allow the woman or the man to make an appearance depending on the weather. The house sits of four small stubs. The house measures 4 3/4 inches wide, 3 and 3/4 inches deep, and 6 1/2 inches high.
The weather cottage is a devise that "measures" humidity; how dry or humid it is. The weather cottage works this way: There is a gut string inside, which reacts to all changes in the air humidity. Depending on weather the air is dry or humid, the gut string changes its position and twists more or less, so that the female turns outside when it is dry and the male, when it is humid. To "set" the weather house, there is a small knob on the roof. You adjust the man and woman by turning slightly the knob until they are each within the house.
The weather house is in very good condition. The roof and the walls of the house have a textured feel and look. On the floor of the porch of the house is "variable" scale (a protractor) with "fine weather" labeled on the left side of the scale, and "rain" on the right.
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