In the display case of ‘Het Kleinste Museum van Haarlem’ you can see an exhibition about the Drostemannetje. For years, people have been talking about the return of the iconic neon artwork on top of the roof of the old chocolate factory on the Spaarne.
The main piece of his collection is a miniature version of the luminous Drostem man, of which only a few exist. They were sold in the 1950s and were mainly featured in the ‘more expensive’ chocolate pastry series. Coming Saturdays between 6 and 7 pm the little man will light up again, at Gedempte Oude Gracht.
The Drostemannetje was placed on the roof of the Drostefrabriek in 1931. A funny little man with the hat in his hand, with its round shape resembling a chocolate pastille. About six meters high, standing against an enormous scaffolding. In 1988 the Haarlem icon was removed from the roof of the factory and stored in a shed.
According to René van Stekelenborg, curator of the exhibition, it was truly unique for that time. “Piccadilly Circus and Times Square hardly had any illuminated signs. And then suddenly on a roof of a factory in Haarlem there is a funny, fat figure six meters high. That was unprecedented.”
The CDA promised to support the return of the Drostemannetje in 2018. Besides the former chocolate factory, there is already a steel Drostem man. Residents of the old factory wonder in what form the male should return. They think of a smaller version instead of on the premises.
Source site www.nu.nl