Foreign News: For Dark Days

A new article, designed by shortage and marketed by need, appeared in Berlin's battered stores last week. It was a pocket sundial. Named after the inventor, thin, blond ex-Scientist Dr. Rudolf Rueter, the Rueter Watch consists of a Plexiglas-covered metal disc with turned-up edges and a magnetized dial which automatically faces north. A brass needle in the dial's center casts its time-telling shadow on two rows of figures (one for summer, one for winter) with half-hour accuracy. Berliners were gladly paying 25 marks ($2.50) for it; regular watches are not officially on sale, cost up to $1,000 on the black market....

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