October 18, 2017 at 6:56 am #35688
Pass Stein sayings
I have a sub-collection of pass steins. I just added a new one, which is my first with a lid. The depressions on the handles of most of the others had left me curious about what they would do for a lid, now I know. But I have a question for all. It’s easy to read the writing on these three from Gerz, probably from the 70’s, and it’s easy to literally translate the words. But what the heck do they mean?
The steins are in a photo linked below, and the writing reads:
“Friesen-maß” on a .5 liter stein
“Preußen-halbe” on a .5 liter stein
“Frührentner-krug” on a 1 liter stein.
Meaning Frisian (part of Holland) mass, Prussian Half, and Early-retiree Stein respectively. I have discovered that Prussian Half refers to a .4 liter glass or stein, or used to, but don’t know why, and the stein is ,5 liter. And why Frisian mass on a half liter stein? And what is meant by an “early retiree stein”? I suspect some sort of German humor in all this but I’m not sure what.
October 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm #36007
Now I have a new one in my subcollection. It is a three handled 1 liter pass stein from Rastal. The three handles are arranged to leave room for an illustration, in this case of a Russian Spiny Wolpertinger.
lat. wolpus spiculum ex oriente
The many and varied wolpertingers of Bavaria are well known, and they are cousins to the American Jackalope. But, I have never before heard of a Russian Spiny Wolpertinger and would be glad of any suggestions as to why one wound up on a three handled pass stein.