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Work in the vineyard (1925)

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Vitriol was employed in various combinations to combat pests and mildew in vineyards.  The Bordeaux solution involved vitriol, lime, and water whereas another solution mixed blue vitriol, crystallized lime, and water.  This photo shows two men in the foreground with metal tanks on their back attached by rubber hose to a metal spraying wand.  In the background are a man and a woman, perhaps attending the horse drawn barrel of vitriol.  The details are interesting.  The metal tanks feature wide rivets and the barrel itself is fastened by two chains.  Sitting quietly and smartly in the shade of the horse is a dog.  With head slightly cocked, it is staring curiously at the photographer.  Winery dogs have been featured in print and online such as Davie White’s briefly run series Wine Dogs.  Perhaps I need compile historic images!

Work in the vineyard - The vitriol is filled in the cans and air pumped (protection against pests). 1925. [1]

Work in the vineyard – The vitriol is filled in the cans and air pumped (protection against pests). 1925. [1]


[1] Arbeit im Weinberg – Das Kupfervitriol wird in die Kannen gefüllt und Luft hineingepumpt (Schutz gegen Ungeziefer). John, Paul W. 1925. Deutsche Fotothek. URL: http://www.deutschefotothek.de/documents/obj/71434230

Loading skins of wine onto donkeys in 1931

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Stanko Murko documented the folk songs of the Balkans during the early 1930s.  Not only did he record the folks songs but he photographed his travels.  In 1931 he visited Serbia, Bosnia, and Dalmatia.  It is during this trip that he took this great image of skins full of wine being loaded on donkeys.  It appears that once the wine reached its destination it was then poured into barrel.  The photograph is interesting because there are also two young women, fairly well dressed, observing.  The woman in the background is looking back, perhaps at the man walking towards her.  The one in the foreground hold a parasol under her arm and is calmly watching the two men fasten the wine.  It appears then that these women are  friends of the photographer.  Do you think this was a casual outing or was Mr. Murko documenting songs of the wine loaders?

Here is the image description: “Na poti iz Metkovića v Drač. V luko se tovori vino v mehovih, natovorjenih na konjih ali oslih, tako kot v Homerjevih časih. V luki pa se vino prelije v sode.”

Murko, Stanko. 1931. Slovenski Etnografski Muzej. [1]

Murko, Stanko. 1931. Slovenski Etnografski Muzej. [1]


[1] Murko, Stanko. 1931. Slovenski Etnografski Muzej. URL: http://www.etno-muzej.si/modules/galerist/viewer.php?aid=1&image_id=28969#28969

An 18th century ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

I never knew there were noisemakers or ratchets to chase birds out of 18th century vineyards in Germany!  Apparently Weinberghüter and their ratchets were first mentioned in the 14th century and are still in use today.  Until I research this further here is the Google translation of object description.  “A rectangular board are screwed to the sides two upright strips, which widen to the protruding end of the disc. Circle pierced for the axis of the five-leaf roller. On the axis of a crank of iron tape and wooden knob. The board is screwed a resilient slats, whose free end is lifted by the roller and clapping beats on the base board at Next cranks. The year 1769 is notched on the top of the ratchet. Brettchenende chipped.”

Ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard. 1769. [1]

Ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard. 1769. [1]


[1] Ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard. 1769. Ident.Nr. D (E 37 1) 276/1970. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. URL: http://www.smb-digital.de/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=collection&objectId=848720&viewType=detailView

Working in a Rheinland vineyard during the 1920s or 1930s

September 2, 2014 Leave a comment
Rheinland - Arbeit im Weinberg, die Ranken werden mit Stoffahnen festgebunden. 1925/1939. [1]

Rheinland – Arbeit im Weinberg, die Ranken werden mit Stoffahnen festgebunden. 1925/1939. [1]


[1] Rheinland – Arbeit im Weinberg, die Ranken werden mit Stoffahnen festgebunden. John, Paul W. 1925/1939. Deutsche Fotothek. URL: http://www.deutschefotothek.de/documents/obj/71434350