Happy Halloween

Der Flügelflagel gaustertdurchs Wiruwaruwolz,die rote Fingur plaustertund grausig gutzt der Golz. Christian Morgenstern: “Gruselett” – from Galgenlieder (Gallows Songs), 1905 The Winglewangle phluttersthrough widowadowood,the crimson Fingoor spluttersand scary screaks the Scrood. Scariboo: The Gallows Songs: Christian Morgenstern’s Galgenlieder ;A Selection; Translated, with an Introduction, by Max Knight University of California Press 1964.© 1963 by Max E. Knight […]

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(H)Owls

As the nights draw in and Halloween is nigh’; my thoughts turned to owls – they can be seen as wise but also as menacing, they can be harbingers of lucky news, good health or of death. And here are some examples illustrating these different views – I hope you like them. and if you […]

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Modes (and joys) of Travel – part 3

No fairy-tale connections this time… though I can’t help thinking that flying (today’s main mode) is a ‘wonder’. For (much!) more “retro adverts and comic covers” on the theme head over to Super-blogger ‘The Vintage Toy Advertiser (TVTA)‘s post – Highly recommended. Tower Press was a British jigsaw and games manufacturer, most active from the 1930s […]

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Happy Easter!

Wishing all my readers a very happy and sunshiny Easter 2019! And I leave you with the ‘most famous’ hare (not rabbit!) on postcards..

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Feel the love 2

I hope you’ll all be ‘in luck‘ not just on this year’s Valentine’s Day! Without further ado, here are some of my favourites from the 50s to 70s from my collection:First: Angry to Sweet A German versionI long for ‘The one’ love – for someone who I’d love to write to, telling him he’s the […]

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Feel the love 1

A confession: I never received a Valentine card before I moved to England. Valentine’s Day has only become popular (read: commercialised) in the last few decades in Germany, although cards have been printed there for much longer – here is an example from the beginning of this Century. Others have told the history of this […]

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Have a good one

My very best wishes to all of my readers – have a wonderful time whatever you do! If it gets too much, you can always follow this advice:

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