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German helmet transformed into a bed warmer
Ozzano Taro, Italy, post 1945
Museo Ettore Guatelli. Ozzano Taro, Italy
Photo © Fondazione Museo Ettore Guatelli

Repurposing in times of need

Yet earlier habits of reuse and reprocessing materials came back in times of scarcity, such as wars. This could lead to some unusual creations. This helmet was abandoned by a German soldier during the Second World War. Italian locals salvaged and welded a handle onto it, transforming the helmet into a bed warmer, a little piece of luxury in trying times.