Sandstone reliefs in the city wall, showing six Magdeburg characters of the early 20th centurty, from left to right:
- Inscription: Blut- / appelsine
Blutappelsine (Blood orange). Market woman selling fruit, such as oranges, and her red cheeks saddled her with the nickname.
- Inscription: Fliegentutenheinrich
Fliejentutenheinrich (Fly-catcher Henry). Man selling so-called "Fliejentuten" (Fly-bags), glue-covered pointed bags which were used to catch flies.
- Inscription: Feuerkäfer
Feuerkäfer (Firebug). Woman with long, red hair.
- Inscription: Lusebenecke
Lusebenecke (Lice-Benecke). Nickname of Julius Benecke, who lived with his dog under a bridge.
- Inscription: Schlackaffe
Schlackaffe (Stinky, dirty guy). He worked on the fishing docks along the river and was paid in fish which he would put in his pockets and leave there.
- Inscription: Affenvater
Affenvater (Monkey father). Organ grinder with a monkey which danced to the tunes.
The names of these characher do not appear in any archive. Supposedly the artist had his information from old Magdeburgers.
- Eberhard Roßdeutscher (Weißenfels 1921 - Magdeburg 1980),
Sources & Information
Location (N 52°7'57" - E 11°38'42")
Item Code: desa044; Photograph: 2 September 2012
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