Made in Germany: On the trail of Leica, Mercedes-Benz and other super-brands

The Mercedes-Benz World is a shrine for true-blue Benz fans. PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD
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FRANKFURT – Bosch appliances, Birkenstock shoes, Adidas sportswear – German brands are among the most admired in the world.

But did you know that the Made In Germany stamp was originally conceived by the British? In 1887, the “Merchandise Marks Act” required foreign goods to be stamped with the country of origin, thus distinguishing them from goods made in the United Kingdom.

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