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Monday, September 6, 2010


(Der Fingerhüter or Thimble-Maker by
Jost Amman, 1539-1591, Swiss artist)

Today is Labor Day.

Jost Amman’s woodcut is one of 114 illustrations he created for
The Book of Trades published in Germany in 1568. Each depicts a different trade or profession, leaving us a fascinating portrait of Renaissance life in Northern Europe. The images are complemented by short verses written by Hans Sachs (1494-1576), a popular singer and poet of Nuremberg, where Amman also lived. The book was also published in Latin.

Fingerhut, or thimble, is translated literally from the German as finger-hat.)


God give me work
Till my life shall end
And life
Till my work is done.

~ Winifred Holtby (1898-1935), English novelist and journalist, and life-long friend of Vera Brittain, who wrote her biography, Testament of Friendship

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