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10-29-2010 12:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor question

Near one of the doors to my workshop, I hung this photo. Next to the sticks and strips that I just couldn’t throw away yet. I remember it hanging in the milking room of the barn at my maternal Grandpa’s home in NW Ohio. Later my parents had cleaned it up and hung it in their house. Mom did not know anything about the picture. I claimed it when we children were dividing things up. It was both an interesting picture and frame I wanted to have as a momento of that side of my family tree.

I was hoping that perhaps some of my European friends might shed some light on it. These monks are having a good time down in the cellar. Telling a story of some sort no doubt that not everyone should hear. They are winemakers, it would appear. You can see the small wooden barrel one is holding and if you look carefully to the right side where the guy is hiding and listening behind the small door, you will see bottles laying on their side.

The print itself was tinted with flesh tones. Typical of prints from the 30’s and 40’s but I have no idea how old it is.

Thank you for checking this out and perhaps helping me learn more about this old print.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 01:16 PM

Does kind of look like “did you hear the one about?”
I think that is a candle holder in his left hand,maybe.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 02:38 PM

Can’t Speak of its origin or its depiction of the event. It does depict a male gossip session with the eaves dropper peering through the window to hear more of the story. I can’t say, but by the picture it appears to be a stained glass window instead of bottles laying down, of course you have a better view of the picture than us. I enjoy old prints of depictions of an era long forgotten by most. I have somewhere a 50’s print depicting a shipbuilders workshop of workers building a ship frame with various hand tools that I enjoy looking at. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 02:43 PM

Is there anything printed on the back side? It looks very nice.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 03:32 PM

Here you go:

Thanks for posting this. I learned how to do a reverse image look up on th web!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 05:59 PM

I like the humor in this picture.
Amazing it could be found on the web.
Best thoughts your ‘lost’ brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 06:21 PM

Wow Lew, How cool it was for you to locate that information. I haven’t had time to study it but it makes some sense that they would have had a real German picture hanging around the milking parlor. I appreciate your

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 08:15 PM

to those who don’t understand german, the title of the pic says ” monastery secret”

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 02:42 AM

Old man gossip. Cool cane the one is carrying….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 03:08 AM

beside some good jokes it cuold be some wine recipiece´s they were sharing

Howie it is a candle holder you can see the candlecombination sisser right below it

thank´s for sharing this

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 11:41 PM

It looks like a smoke-filled back room somewhere in Washington D.C
Probably discussing health care for the masses.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#11 posted 10-30-2010 11:46 PM

That is amazing that you found the picture Lew.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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