Recently the laws on drugs in Germany have become a lot stricter

The use of opium, cocaine and Arabic tobacco has gotten out of hand and situations similar to the infamous opium houses in the East are now familiar in our own big cities.

From now on these drugs can only be required with a doctors prescription.

Now in detail the new law;

Opiumgesetzes vom 10. Dezember 1929
(RGBl. I S. 215) listet § 1 Abs. 1


From the 10th of december onwards it will be illegal to buy, sell, own or use the following products:

Kokablätter (cacao leaves)
Kokain (cocaine)
Ekgonin (Ecgonine)
Indischer Hanf (indian hemp)
Diacetylmorphins (Heroins)
Kokains und Ekgonins.

Some of these products may still be obtained at the Apotheke (pharmacy) trough a prescription from your doctor.

If you break the law you can be fined and even jailed.
Approximate fines and punishments;
-Being caught buying them can get you fined 150L$
-Selling these products can get you fined 500L$
-Owning one of the aboce substances can get you fined 250L$
-Being caught using, or having used them recently, can get you arrested for at least one night in the cell.

'Koks' Emil, selling drugs on the street, Berlin  1929

‘Koks’ Emil, selling drugs on the street, Berlin 1929

Autumn in Berlin Photo Contest!


Every season we like to have a photo contest that shows how that time of year changes our city and our lives.

And it is that time of the year again!

So here it is;

Upload a snapshot to our flickr group.

It has to be made in the 1920s Berlin project.

The theme of your photo should be; Autumn in Berlin.

This year we want raw snapshots, so no photoshop editing allowed!

The picture we like most will receive 500 Linden!

photo contest

Start making your pictures now.

Your deadline is December 15th.

Winner will be announced on December 17th.

Being a Gigolo in 1920s Berlin


In the olden days, a gigolo wasn’t exactly what it is today.
Generally it just meant a gentleman who danced with ladies for money.

Gigolo’s or ‘Eintänzer’ (one (dance) dancer) as they were called in Germany, were very common in 1920s Berlin, often dashing young handsome men in nice outfits who would stand to the side in dance halls waiting for a gesture or to be asked to dance with whoever was willing to pay them.

It was not frowned upon at all, dancing was a huge thing back then and because of the war there was a shortage of male dance partners. And dancing on your own was very uncommon.
Of course some stubborn men also just don’t like dancing.

So if you felt like dancing but couldn’t find a man willing to ask you, you could just ‘hire’ a chap for a dance or two.
Most ‘Gigolos’ were also dance teachers, after all they had a lot of experience and knew the latest dance crazes.

Sometimes one thing led to another and the gigolo would accept payment to go out on a date, accompany a lady to other social situations and yes, sometimes it could even end in the bedroom…

However, generally they were seen as no more as a dancer-for-hire or dime-a-dance man.
They were so common and popular that one of the biggest 1920s German music hits was ‘Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo’.
And even a movie was made about it, Seine Hoheit, der Eintänzer (1927).

Many of these men were often veterans or students who had found it difficult to pay their bills or to afford their lifestyle in expensive Berlin.
But also countless members of the now impoverished aristocracy found themselves making a living on the dance floors of Berlin.
Men who once seemed unreachable, could now be ordered around by young girls for a few coins.
They were even welcome at the fancy Hotel Adlon, so much so that the Hotel even gained the nickname ‘Gigolo school’.

A fun little article from 1927;

gigolo“In these Cafes,  see also the Male Vamp.  He,  Of the patent leather hair and dress,  immaculate.  Here to make the night pleasant for the female patrons.  Paris calls him a “Gigolo.”  An unaccompanied Lady if she cares to dance,  can summon a Gigolo,-take turn around the floor with him and pay him 10 francs per dance.

Moneyed women,  however, have been known to “fall” for their Gigolo,-buy him a motor car, send him to the best tailor; even take him back home.

Gigolos,  as a rule are handsome enough to seen with,  anywhere;  and women of wealth and experience will pick up a good looking Gigolo and keep him during their entire sojourn in Paris.  This solves a problem.  The young man is not introduced to her friends,  as a Gigolo.  And who is the wiser?  This Lady, who might otherwise have been lonesome and restricted, as to her amusements in Paris,  may now have her fling,  and when it is all over, can say:  “Ta Ta” to Giggy.”

So, what does all this have to do with our 1920s Berlin Project?

We want to bring the  ‘Eintänzer’ to our sim.
Not as a camouflaged adult entertainment service, but as a way to bring more men to our city, give them a fun way to make a little money and to of course give the ladies of berlin someone to dance with.

If you are interested, simply show up at our regular dances at the Hotel Adlon.
They take place on Wednesday (6pm slt), Friday Tango evening (2pm slt) and the Saturday Tea dance (11am SLT), our tram takes you straight from the station to the hotel.

Make sure you wear something nice (the Hotel Adlon is very classy) and authentic (we have a strict 1920s dress code) and go stand next to the  ‘Eintänzer’ sign, there are some scraps of paper on the ground you can sit on, they have nice suitable waiting animations for you.

If someone wants to dance with you, simply inform them how much a single dance (one song) costs them, we won’t tell you how much you are allowed to charge, that is up to you, it is also up to you to decide if anything else happens besides dancing.

If you invest in a nice outfit, act like a gentleman, are charming and a good dancer, you might end up making a nice living while having fun at the same time.

Do remember that we are a ‘moderate’ sim, so no adult XXX chat or acts in public please.

gigolo poster

1920s Berlin at SL11B


Like the previous years The 1920s Berlin Project will have its own place at Second Life’s 11th anniversary celebrations, aka SL11B.

The theme of SL’s 11th birthday party is “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”.
A look at the future!

In our exhibit we do that in two ways.

First of all we’re looking forwards to the future of Virtual Reality and Second Life.
The 1920s Berlin project was build to a realistic scale, we took a prim, noticed its measurements of 50x50x50 centimeters and used that as our foundation to build with.
That means that our buildings are generally smaller than in many other places in Second Life but also that the perspective and scale is always based on reality.
This way you can get a real idea of what things looked like in reality, for instance we have a Zeppelin that is 244 meters long and our Brandenburg Gate is an exact replica of the real thing, inch by inch.
Realistic scale will become more important in the near future as Virtual reality becomes more and more important (again).
When wearing the Oculus Rift, or any other kind of VR headset, you suddenly realise how important it is for the virtual world to make sense, nothing should destroy the immersion.
In 1920s Berlin we hope to avoid this by adding lots of historical details and that realistic scale.

Second, we show how people in 1920s Berlin looked towards the future.
On one side of our display you’ll see old Berlin, the small houses, poverty, a Biergarten and Heinrich Zille’s studio.
He was a well known artist who drew daily life in Germany.

On the other side we see the opposite.
The modern cinema Babylon (based on a RL Berlin building) replaces the social life of the Biergarten, the clear lines of modern architecture are the new style for buildings,
In another modern building you can see the future of art in the 1920s; Bauhaus, a German version of Art Deco and De Stijl.
Under the glass ceiling at the top, in strong contrast with Heinrich Zille’s little attic, we see the studio of a Bauhaus designer.
The future beckons… but you may also find some traces of the dark storm clouds that were starting to gather over Germany in the late 1920s.

We hope you come and visit us some time.

And if you are a member of our community, perhaps you want to spend some time hanging around the exhibit there when you can.
It is a lot of fun to share our city with ‘outsiders’ and there is a nice cozy apartment and biergarten there for you to relax.

During the SL11 celebrations we will have our daily Happy Hour at 2pm SLT here in the display, come and join us for a drink, chat and dance to 1920s music.
In our own sim we have these gatherings every single day and lots of other events during the weekends.

Come visit us at;

SL11B opens today at noon slt.


Drax files episode about 1920s Berlin wins Best Machinima award


Originally posted on Jo Yardley's Second Life:

The Drax Files episode about 1920s Berlin, made by Draxtor Despres last year, has won Best Machinima at the New Media Film Festival!

For years, The New Media Film Festival has led the way in the pursuit
of stories worth telling, the exploration of new media technologies,
boundary pushing resulting in new distribution models and creating and
establishing new methodologies in the global monetization of content.
The New Media Film Festival embodies the transformative power of the
cinematic arts and it reaches across cultural bridges to wed story and
technology for everyone.

According to Drax, people in the audience were very impressed, not just with the of course excellent video he made but also with all the things possible and happening in Second Life.

His Drax files series is a great bit of PR and advertising for Second Life, no wonder they now use his video on the Second Life…

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The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 5th anniversary!


On May the 30th 2009, the 1920s Berlin Project opened its doors to the public for the first time.
I was still a noob, only 3 months in Second Life, barely knew how to stick two prims together, yet somehow managed to create a tiny bit of my dream in a skybox on rented mainland.

I could have never imagined it to turn out to become such a huge success, a sim with a the most amazing community, a sim that in stead of being just a bit of fun turned into a huge part of my life.
And not just my life, I’m very proud to have tenants who have been living in this city for 2,3, 4 and even 5 years!
Many of whom I’d call close friends.
I’ve loved every minute of this time traveling adventure and it still is only the beginning.
If all goes well, I may start on a second Time Travel Roleplay sim later this year.
But I’m not making any promises!

To celebrate this milestone, we’re offering our regular tenant,s guests and visitors 5 days of events, but we’re also inviting tourists, strangers and people who have not yet visited our sim to join us.
On Open Door Day and Relaxed Rules Day you don’t even have to wear 1920s clothes or have a human avatar.

You can find 1920s Berlin by clicking this link:

On all other days of course, the regular 1920s dress code is in effect.

We look forward to seeing lots of familiar but also new faces visiting us.

Here is to the next 5 years, prosit!

Jo Yardley

Schedule of events:

Thursday, May 29

All day: Open Door Day

On this day everyone is welcome to visit our sim ‘as they are’, with other words, you can ignore our strict 1920s dress code and you can also use non human avatars.
Several of our tenants will also open their doors and an ‘Open House’ sign will show you where you can enter and explore how the people in the city live.

Berlin tenants who want to sign up for this, please contact Herr Sein Loire.

Friday, May 30

1:00 PM SLT – Kids’ Soap Box Derby @ Tiergarten *prizes*
2:00 PM SLT – 5th Anniversary Dance @ Pariser Platz (At the foot of the Brandenburger Tor) with DJ Myron Byron
4-ish PM SLT – After party @ Kling Studio

Saturday, May 31

11:00 AM SLT – Tea Dance @ Hotel Adlon
12:00 PM SLT – Miss Berlin Pageant rehearsal @ The Odeon
1:00 PM SLT – Happy Hour Talent Show @ Biergarten *prizes*
2:00 PM SLT – Eldorado Anniversary Special

Sunday, June 1

11:00 AM SLT – Scavenger Hunt @ Train station *prizes*
12:00 PM SLT – Miss Berlin Pageant @ The Odeon *NO prizes, except the power and the glory*
1:00 PM SLT – Flapperettes 2nd Anniversary Party @ Bauhaus rooftop, Unter den Linden 17
2:00 PM SLT – Benefit Auction Happy Hour @ Bauhaus rooftop, Unter den Linden 17 (as always, a lot of great items have been donated for your bidding)
4:00 PM SLT – Church Service *a prize for all attendees*
5:00 PM SLT – Movie screening @ Babylon
7:00 PM SLT – Flapperettes 2nd Anniversary Party (part 2) @ Bauhaus rooftop

Monday, June 2

Relaxed Rules Day: All day

On this day we forget the 1920s Dress code and allow all kinds of avatars.

But be warned!
We also allow our tenants to ignore all the other rules of the sim and this usually means they will go a little nuts…

More information and up to date news can be found on our facebook group;

Finally, huge thanks to Herr Sein Loire who has done most of the work regarding the celebrations.