The Ponton republic.
Starting a family, job and career prospects, perhaps a home of one’s own, going out for the day on Sundays and taking a holiday. These were the new delights and freedoms that had opened up for much of the population by the early 1950s, following the deprivations of the post-war years. Such moments of private happiness, captured in cheerful colour photographs, are typical of the years of economic recovery as experienced in the young Federal Republic of Germany. And always there in the background: the family’s Mercedes-Benz 180, the car that would subsequently become known as the “Ponton Mercedes”. It celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.