Ein feste Burg ist unser Bleistift

ca. 1912

ca. 1915

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8 Responses to Ein feste Burg ist unser Bleistift

  1. Kevin says:

    Such imagination and artistic flair – absolutely brilliant!…and we think we know it all.


  2. Elaine says:

    I laughed out loud when I read (and sang) the title of this post. Perhaps this castle thing might have been an inspiration for crayola!


    • Sean says:

      It makes you wonder to whom they were marketing — I don’t think these are “kid’s pencils” per se, so is the fortress some kind of metaphor for “strength”? This display precedes the First World War by two years, but even so, the U.S. stayed out of things for quite a while (and the Fabers had been in America for over 60 years at that point).

      Maybe sometimes, a fortress is just a fortress. πŸ™‚


  3. I’m still trying to decide 1) which is more over the top than the other and 2) whether it would be inappropriate to fly one of those flags over my house.

    Any possibility of tracking down the origin of the diamond star?


    • Sean says:

      From what I have read the origin of the diamond star isn’t completely clear (but don’t take my word for it). Of course that doesn’t mean there isn’t an explanation somewhere, but you’d think it would be something that was more widely disseminated. This suggests to me, even if there is symbolism behind it, that it may have equally been driven from a graphic perspective.

      But you’ve got me interested in it again, so I think I’ll do some more looking.

      re: the flag — It wouldn’t be inappropriate, but like at Buckingham Palace, it should only fly when you are in residence. πŸ™‚


  4. Henrik says:

    Luther wΓ€re stolz gewesen… πŸ™‚


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