National Geographic : 1951 Nov
691 Acme Free Berlin Flashes News to Neighbors Across the Invisible Communist Curtain A 30-yard-long sign reminiscent of Times Square sheds light among those who live in the darkness of Soviet controlled information. Under the heading, "The Free Berlin Press Reports," five-foot letters twinkle tidings of world events to the Communist-ruled part of the city. From the edge of the British Sector, the busy beacon aims like a gun at the Soviet Sector, just across Potsdamer Platz (page 697). The sausage booths stand barely inside free territory. In an attempt to block out the sign, the Communists have erected one on their side of the square, out of sight behind the camera; it advertises their Government-run stores. But, despite the obstruction, news-hungry subjects of Communist masters can read the flashing words. As this item about General MacArthur raced across the array of bulbs, the camera caught a misprint. Even in German, "General" has two e's.