From the Weird Shit Department
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(London Daily Mail) - A bizarre German craze of posing for pictures alongside actors dressed up as polar bears has been unearthed by a series of photographs dating back to the 1920s.
The collection shows men, women and children of all ages cheerfully standing next to the bears - with one picture showing even Nazi officers were not immune to the trend.
The pictures were found by French collector Jean-Marie Donat and are currently being exhibited at the Arles Photography Festival in the south of France.
Donat calls the collection TeddyBär and says they date from the end of the First World War to the late 1960s.
In one photo two Nazi soldiers - thought to be officer class as one carries a sword - pose with an actor in a bear costume with wide grins on their faces.
Another picture sees a couple embracing the craze on the beach at the Baltic Sea. The man has taken his top off, but strangely still wears his long black trousers.
And others show the actors in bear costumes making appearances at schools, weddings and cuddled up to children in peculiar holiday-style photos.
There is little in the way of explanation for the social phenomenon except to say that the country long had a fascination with polar bears.
'These photographs were found during 20 years of research, all over Germany, in shops that sell old photos, or in markets,' Donat told the Guardian.
'They date from 1920 to 1960. All these individual moments add up to the story of Germany over 60 years.'
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|Hitler's mistress Eva Braun with two women and a person dressed as |
a polar bear in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, 1935