A year ago the Frederick Magazine “Timepiece” featured a fraktur New Year’s greeting from the collection:
“Happy New Year” is the standard greeting for the first holiday of the year. But John Hummel received a different tiding in 1779. “May the New Year bring you blessing, peace and happiness. May the Lord grant my prayer and mercifully guard you and wish the New Years tide bring back peace unto you,” read the first lines of a fraktur Hummel received while serving in the Revolutionary War. Hummel, who resided in Frederick by 1765, was married with children by the time of his service in the war. Frakturs are a type of highly decorated and elaborately crafted German folk art on paper. This one is written in German. Made from the eighteenth century into the nineteenth century, frakturs were created for a variety of events worthy of note, most commonly marriages, births and religious events. Frakturs often carry an inscription listing the celebratory information and significant dates. Designs and patterns illuminate the paper in ink, watercolor, or both. The designs and patterns are typical German styles, including distelfinks and, hearts, tulips and scalloped edges. Frakturs take their name from the German script that had a broken or “fractured” look to it. Usually, a local teacher wrought these beautiful creations. Teachers taught writing, and what better way to put those skills to use?
This fraktur is a little different. After the thoughtful New Year wishes, the author continues by beseeching the recipient, Hummel, to come home from the war as soon as possible. The author asks for the war’s end so “that every man again enjoy in peace his bread in his own home.” The author pleads for Hummel to “consider this and do not live thus in riot so that God may avert this present devastation and present us with the Gift of his Spirit that we may show our gratitude to Him and praise His name.” Thus the fraktur, in its beautiful illumination, conveys the author’s feelings regarding Hummel, the war and its associated “riot.”
by Carrie Blough, Jan. 2013
Florence “Floy” Doub, was an artist known throughout Frederick. She taught art at the Maryland State School For the Deaf and what is now Hood College. She founded the Frederick Art Club, and influenced many of the county’s artists. Doub was born on August 27, 1851 and lived most of her life on North Market Street in Frederick.
The Three Wise Men, 2002.102.1
This painting of the three Wise Men, was painted by Doub around 1930. She attended the Centennial Memorial United Brethren Church, to whom she gave this painting.
Florence Doub was the great-great-granddaughter of Reverend Peter Kemp, the founder of the United Brethren Church.
She died in 1932 at the age of 80.
Hair Wreaths, popular in the nineteenth century, cause of squeamishness today. I was removing some collections from some of the exhibit areas for our Museums By Candlelight program on Saturday, and this was one of them. This hair wreath was made in 1878 by Sally Hood Crawford.
The picture is not very good. Items framed with glass make photography difficult.
The detail showed up a little better.
Hair wreaths were popular from the 1850s to the 1870s. The wreath was a decoration in the Victorian home, an embellishment that illustrated a woman’s abilities.
We all felt the change in the weather this week. The boys in this recent acquisition look the way I felt when I went outside this morning.
Pastel, by Florence Doub. She painted it early in her career, and willed it to one of her students. The student’s daughter recently donated it to the museum.