I bought these cutters when I was in Berlin last summer; they’re in the shape of the Ampelmännchen pedestrian traffic lights that adorn the city’s Eastern parts. “Traffic psychologist” Karl Peglau created them to encourage friendliness within the Deutsche-Soviet sphere. The Ampelmännchen is probably the most well-known “ostalgic” artifact from the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) era. When East and West were reunited there was tremendous controversy about whether the traffic lights should remain the same or not.

He stayed: the people love the friendly Ampelmännchen! The Ostalgie Movement then created the Ampelfrau counterpart for the traffic lights in Zwickau and Dresden in 2004.