What does a dry socket look like

"Only to be used for dry rooms"

One can imagine more exciting weekly objects than… a socket. If you take a closer look, however, you are surprised: the plug and socket are made of beech wood. We know these elements made of plastics, and in the early days of electrification they were the common material for sockets alongside ceramics. So why wood?

The socket comes from the time after the Second World War. Raw materials of all kinds were already in short supply during the war, and substitutes were developed and tested in many areas. Since wood itself does not conduct electricity, it was considered for the production of sockets. The actual lines and contact points were made of aluminum or brass, although armaments were also used.

The demand for electricity connections was great: when rebuilding destroyed houses, in partitioned off living areas for refugees and displaced persons, and in other emergency shelters. The power supply made it possible to operate lamps and cooking areas. The usual safety standards had to be observed during installation - a stamp on the plug states: "Only to be used for dry rooms".

There are many examples of substitutes, new uses and conversions of objects. Pots, ashtrays and dishes made from shell casings and other weapon parts are famous. On your next visit to the open-air museum, you should take a careful look around the makeshift home in Ottenhofen: The hinges of the entrance door are not made of metal, as usual, but also made of beech wood. They have been doing their service unabated for over 75 years.