What better way to advertise your product than to have a replica of it decorating your storefront. Barber shop poles and wooden Indian’s were common in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s, when the era of the replica reached its zenith, there were dinosaurs, reptiles, cows, pizzas, and every imaginable kind of thing dotting the roadside. My favorite was the iconic Bob’s Big Boy statue: a symbol for juicy hamburgers and fast service. 

In Berlin, it’s the plastic ice cream cone. These kitschy mass-produced sculptures are easy to overlook, but they are everywhere.