On YouTube today – a book I got in Germany, a long time ago!

Hi Everyone,

I’m on YouTube today showing you a book I got in Germany, a very long time ago on a family trip. Take a look!

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27 thoughts on “On YouTube today – a book I got in Germany, a long time ago!

  1. This was so interesting and sweet. I have never seen that kind of book before. I appreciate you put so much effort into translating it. You would call a Lokomotivführer an engine driver I think.
    The dresses of the dolls are only worn in south germany not in the rest of the country. Was ist in Bavaria where you got them ? 😊

    1. Hi Miriam – thank you for commenting here. We were outside the Black Forest, so southwest Germany, not too far from France and Switzerland. I figured a Lokomotivfuherer had something to do with an engine driver. Thanks so much for watching my video!

  2. OK – here is a born German: Yes, a Lokomotiv-Fuehrer is an engine driver for the train. The two dolls with the ‘red tomatoes’ (that’s what we called them for fun!!!) on top of their hats are typical Black Forest dolls in their costumes. Those are not worn in any other parts of Germany. The small doll’s costume – I don’t know, but all southern parts have their own type of costume. A Schaeferhund is a smart German shepherd dog, one of the few type dogs trained for police work as well.
    I love that little book, a novel idea and probably was a delight for children. I left Germany as a grown-up in 1963; my childhood was spent during the war, and we did not get many toys, we had to amuse ourselves otherwise and we did. Colourful balls and marbles? Yes!

    1. Hi Giselle – I was hoping you would see this video. Thank you for explaining all these things. My relatives live right next to the Black Forest so you are exactly right about the costumes. Now that I think of it, I’m not sure where I got that smaller doll, whether from my relatives or while we were traveling on that trip. Our relatives had four children just like my family and they were very excited to show us how they lived and my older siblings went to school with them for a day. I came home with a sturdy leather book bag that I wore on my back. They lived above a conditorie (hope I’m spelling that correctly) which they ran and we stayed there. Although I was only 6 (turned 7 during the trip), I remember a lot about it and we are still in touch with them. I met the oldest son a few years ago when he was traveling in the U.S. Thank you for reading and commenting.

    1. Thank you, Jill – I had actually forgotten about them until recently. They are great mementos. Thanks so much for watching and for being such a loyal blogging friend. 🧡🧡🧡

    1. Hi Jennifer – that might be true. I loved that the girl in the book had different dresses on each page. I thought that was so clever! I’ve gone a little crazy with the t-shirts, but I’m having fun with them. 🙂

  3. The video was perfect: cute tee shirt, a special memento. That doll book is a beginning of your love affair with books, (and perhaps with vintage fashion) as Ms. Perry has pointed out too.

    I use Google Translate too. Great, Barbara!

    1. Hi Marian – thank you! I just read Jennifer’s same observation about that book being the beginning of my fondness for books. That may be true! Google Translate was great – I never would have been able to figure out what the book was about otherwise, although I’m certain my relatives and my siblings (who were studying German at the time) read it to me years ago. Thank you for watching and for leaving a comment 🙂

  4. I love this so much! How great that you still have the book and the Bavarian dolls. It was fun to follow along as you read the translation. My German is limited but I recognized some of the words. That book is delightful.

    1. Hi Darlene – thank you for watching my video. I just loved that book and had forgotten I still owned it until recently. I played with the book and with the dolls a lot after that. It was fun to translate the text of the story and see what German children’s lives were like. 🙂

      1. How wonderful that you got to go to Europe when you were so young. I didn’t get there until my mid-20s. Great memories.

      2. It’s crazy but in 1967 a family trip to Europe was cheaper than a trip to Florida. It was a great memory. I went back after college, but I haven’t been back since then. I did get to meet one of my German relatives a couple years ago when he came to the U.S. I enjoyed that very much! Of course, his English was very good which made talking easy.

    1. Hi Annika – yes, I don’t know how I managed to keep the book in such good condition (except for a few rips), but I’m so glad I still have it. Thank you for watching my video and for commenting here. I hope you are doing well 🙂

  5. Very cool! I have an old book of German cartoons that my dad had, and I later discovered belonged to my grandfather. When I was looking through it recently, I discovered old newspaper clippings of the original comic strips that were compiled into the book. Neat piece of literary and artistic history. Anyway, glad you still have your book. PS – Love the shirt!

    1. Hi Jeff – isn’t it great to rediscover things we (or our families) have saved? Those German cartoons sound interesting. Were you able to determine what they were saying in them? And thanks for the shirt compliment 🙂

      1. I did a little research. The comics were Vater und Shon and the author E. O. Plauen was arrested by the Nazis for creating anti-Nazi political cartoons. He then committed suicide in his cell.

      2. Indeed. The newspaper clippings were from papers that had an anti-Nazi stance, which was comforting to me to know where my ancestors stood.

  6. Hi Barbara, what a lovely book. I had one like that, but in English obviously. I just loved it. I have always loved dolls, especially paper ones. Unlike you, I sadly don’t have mine anymore. We moved around to much.

    1. Hi Robbie – your mention of paper dolls reminded me of a type of wrapping paper that was popular when I was a girl. I also loved paper dolls and the wrapping paper was printed with all kinds of dolls and outfits you could cut out. I always thought that was so fun! I bet you could find some of your memories on eBay 😉

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