20 Feb 2009

SHOW & TELL

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When I was a little girl I lived with my grandparents in a little town near Frankfurt in Germany. My grandpa loved to drink a beer on saturday and sunday evenings. In 1949 there were no beer cans or bottles in the shops at least not where we lived. Beer was served in pubs and if you wanted to drink beer at home you had to buy it there.

So it was a big honor for me when he asked me to buy him a jug of beer. Proudly carrying his personal jug I went down the street into the pub and bought his beer. I was so happy and felt so grown up !

Today it would be unthinkable !

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My grandpa's beer jug. The cover in pewter has his name engraved in gothic "M. (for Max) Tessmann" It must be at least 90 years old.

21 comments:

Pink Slippers said...

So neat. I chuckled when I pictured it being done nowadays. Cute.
Wendy

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Gattina
What a great keepsake to have of your grand father's! I like the story that went along with it!
~Ann

Mar said...

Such a special beer jug!! I bet your little hands could hardly hold it way back then.

Gracie said...

It is really a great memory you have! And I like it so very much.

Hootin' Anni said...

Absolutely aMAZing Gattina!!! What a treasure to have this in your possession! A family heirloom.

My show n tell this week is the final showing of my troll doll collection, from the tiniest to the 'oldest' couple. Do stop by if you can....and, have a great weekend.

Femin Susan said...

I love the picture in the beginning and I liked the way of your writing.There was suspense hidden in every word of yours.
Cheers!

Helena said...

What a wonderful thing to have! How great to be able to hold and touch something that belonged to someone you loved who is no longer there.

Cher said...

Thank you for the story. How wonderful it must be to have such fond memories attached to the jug.
Thank you for sharing.

Smilingsal said...

What a precious keepsake. I wish that was still the way to drink beer at home. We'd have more clear heads. Thanks for sharing. Happy Show and Tell Friday.

JudyBug said...

What a neat keepsake. Yep, I can just see that happening today! Times change don't they?

Judybug

Kelli said...

Sweet memories and a wonderful treasure!
~Kelli

Pamela said...

that is a beautiful antique with such special memories for you. I'd love to touch it.

You're right -- no kids allowed to buy grandpa his beer today.

Alice said...

Wow! Great story! And you are absolutely right - you couldn't do that these days!

I love your photo blog, also. Thought I'd let you know - I look at it on a regular basis. Thanks for all the great ideas :O) and for sharing them with us.

There is always a place for you at The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Wjat a great treasure you have from your grandfather!!

Carla said...

Oh what a proud moment! I'm sure you carried it gingerly all the way back! What trust! Thank you for sharing today:)

Swampy said...

What a treasure to have and the memories make it even more precious.

Sorry I missed your Fun Monday...it's been more than just chaotic here at The Asylum...not to mention I was involved in sneezing and whooping and coughing.

Melli said...

What a remarkable memory! Of course it would be unthinkable today - he would be arrested for sending a child to do such a thing! Or worse - he wouldn't get his beer because the pub owner wouldn't SELL it to you! LOL!

DianeCA said...

Wonderful memories, and how lovely when you got this mug as a keepsake. I know it would be unthinkable today, but I wonder. its a shame times have changed in the wrong direction...I'm sure that not you or any other kids that got to do this errand ever dreamed of tasting that beer. Shame that everything has to be controlled today.

Belinda said...

What a cute story...and yes, so funny to think of sending your little girl down to the pub today to fill up your beer jug! lol Such a fun memory. I really enjoyed this post. :-)

Susie Homemaker said...

Can you imagine? That is so awesome...what a treasure.

Warm Wishes,
Susie

Lifecruiser said...

Very precious thing to have. Such a history in it. Life.