I have a fresh batch of grain sacks. This load includes a number of sacks from
one farm that are examples of how interesting and, sometimes, confounding
are the graphics on these old textiles.
The first grain sack, above, with inventory No 2, was owned and used by
Martin Holzinger who lived in Oberdachstetten (Germany). The boot
could have something to do with the kind of work that was done at this
farm or business ( boot making, something to do with horses or feed for
horses) or, less likely, just be a stock image that the owner liked.
The date, 1900, would have been either the date of inception of the farm
or business or the date that new sacks were made to replace older,
This sack, above, made in 1905, adds some new and very useful pieces
of information : Martin Holzinger is a master shoemaker
(Schuhmachermeister)! Also, he lives or works at No 306. This time,
his boot is a different style and contains a stretcher.
Now look! In 1934, Georg Holzinger, possibly Martin’s son, who lives or
works at No 18, is making shoes, as well. Why did Georg leave the master
shoemaker’s designation off of his sacks? And don’t his boots need stretchers?
I guess that as some questions are answered, others appear.