Notes on German Culture

Living with Mohawk Indians in America was only one adventure in the life of this German-American

This image of Conrad Weiser is from a vintage cigar box and portrays Weiser along with his home in Reading, an old Pennsylvania crest, a scene with Indians and the coat of arms of the Duchy of Württemberg in Germany where he was born and raised. Conrad Weiser image from a vintage cigar box From… Continue reading Living with Mohawk Indians in America was only one adventure in the life of this German-American

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture

Berlin was once located in the center of Germany…now the German capital is oddly situated right next to the eastern border.

Berlin in 1939 Current map of Germany with Berlin at eastern border On a map of the German Empire in 1871, you can see that Berlin was once located in the center of Germany. The location of Berlin within German borders is the most glaring difference between old and modern Germany. When you look at… Continue reading Berlin was once located in the center of Germany…now the German capital is oddly situated right next to the eastern border.

Notes on German Culture

This incredibly ornate statuette is an example of German Goldsmith Art, circa 1586

This incredibly ornate Bavarian-made Statuette of St George was commissioned in 1586 and completed 11 years later in 1597. The materials used to create the 20 inch tall statuette Include gold, enamel, silver-gilt, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opals, agate, chalcedony, rock crystal and other precious stones and pearls The statuette was made to house a relic… Continue reading This incredibly ornate statuette is an example of German Goldsmith Art, circa 1586

Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

Caspar Friedrich’s “Lebensstufen”…stages of life

Caspar Friedrich’s "Lebensstufen", a painting from the German Romantic Era of the early 19th century, representing our various Life Stages by the distances of ships on the vast sea of life. Once again Friedrich uses the so-called Rückenfigur …a prominently placed figure shown entirely from the back … which is a commentary on the Romantic… Continue reading Caspar Friedrich’s “Lebensstufen”…stages of life

Notes on German Culture

Albert Bierstadt and other talented German artists sought to capture the romance of the west

This night time scene was painted in 1869 by Albert Bierstadt, a German artist who was drawn to the American frontier as were many other Germans in the 19th century. The painting shows a group of Oregon bound pioneers and captures the romance of the American West. Its a glimpse of the pioneers at a… Continue reading Albert Bierstadt and other talented German artists sought to capture the romance of the west

Notes on German Culture

The German Empire had 4 armies: those of Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony…and each had their own uniforms, insignias and mottos.

"Stiefelappell" (Boot Inspection Rollcall).. by Carl Röchling . A nostalgic image that encapsulates the calm peace time era that was brought about by Bismarck after 1871. The painter Carl Röchling accomplished this by depicting a beautiful sunny day in 1890, showing us the quaint old German half timber barracks used by the soldiers and casually… Continue reading The German Empire had 4 armies: those of Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony…and each had their own uniforms, insignias and mottos.

Notes on German Culture

The first practical refrigerator was invented in Germany in 1873

We don’t give Refrigeration too much thought and take it for granted, but as recently as 100 years ago people were using chunks of ice in boxes to inhibit the destructive action of bacteria, yeast, and mold. In fact consumers that used the icebox in 1910 faced the same challenge of a moldy and stinky… Continue reading The first practical refrigerator was invented in Germany in 1873

Notes on German Culture

Frederick the Great Quotes

After the end of the Seven Year War in 1763, Prussia was a great power whose importance could no longer be challenged. Frederick the Great’s personal reputation was enormously enhanced. A number of nations sent officers to Prussia to learn the secrets of Prussia’s military power. Prussia became one of the most imitated powers in Europe.… Continue reading Frederick the Great Quotes

Notes on German Culture

Lübeck is one of the five “Glories of the Empire”… a title shared with Venice, Rome, Pisa and Florence… Kaiser Karl IV, 1537

Lübeck is a World Heritage Site, mainly because of its extensive medieval Brick architecture and its restored city center. But you should also know that this medieval city has experienced 872 years of fascinating history since its founding in 1143 as a German settlement on the river island Bucu.  The old town center is famous… Continue reading Lübeck is one of the five “Glories of the Empire”… a title shared with Venice, Rome, Pisa and Florence… Kaiser Karl IV, 1537

Notes on German Culture

They trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing

Imagine a long stream of people walking day after day from Saltzburg to Berlin, creating a sensation as they trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing. In 1982 a German postage stamp celebrated this event on the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Salzburg Emigrants in Prussia in… Continue reading They trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing