Every picture tells a story No. 29
Around 1930, Heinrich the cellist was put in charge of the city's Pfandleihhaus (a pawn shop, but run by the city administration) at Elberfeld, which around that time became part of Wuppertal. This episode ended swiftly after he launched an investigation into things gone missing - very mysterious as he and his wife Maria were living above the shop, their German shepherd called Schluck* guarded the property, and there was no sign of forced entry. It turned out that it was Maria who had helped herself to items. She got a psychiatric assessment and Heinrich was moved to a different department of the city administration. And they had to find a new flat (in Gronaustraße, shown here).
Here are Maria and Schluck from the set of Richard's negatives I processed in the 1980s.
Possibly from the same woodland walk, one of Richard with the dog.Erika Fuchs is widely credited for this addition to the German language). So at the time of these photos, the association of Schluck was a small quantity of drink (as much as you can swallow in one gulp), so similar to a sip but maybe a bit more generous.
This photo is also on flickr.
Every picture tells a story series so far:
- string quartet Wuppertal Elberfeld 1927
- greetings from Adamsweiler
- Gastwirthschaft Ferd. Weirich
- quartet times three
- Neumühl 1923
- Tangermünde railway station 1889
- a singing lesson
- bei Wilhelm Geppert
- a bakery at Lorsch 1900
- Consumgeschäft von Julius Düsselmann
- Hanna and Ruth
- a young chemist
- school's out at Reichenstein, 1886
- a patchwork family in East Prussia
- the case of the missing grandmother
- checkpoint Glaner Brücke 1929(ish)
- finding Mimi
- five sisters, five decades
- happy at home
- gone milking
- steel workers
- field work
- what to wear at Porta Westfalica
- a classic convertible
- at the bottom of the steps
- a forester's family
- the Kaiser visits Allenburg
- teaching the 'deaf-mute'
- a guard dog called Schluck
Alternatively, you can use this twitter thread as an illustrated table of contents.
In a somewhat roundabout way, this series relates to my research for the family history music memoir I have now completed in a first version.