Die Blumen stehen hier
- Souder, John Derstine, 1865-1942 [After Gottschall, Samuel, 1808-1898] - Decorator
- Souder, John Derstine, 1865-1942 [After Gottschall, Samuel, 1808-1898] - Scrivener
Town/Township: Telford, Franconia Township
Note: See John L. Ruth “My Work is Symbolical”: John D. Souder’s Fraktur, 1937-1942, 38, 63.
33 cm x 24 cm
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Gottschall, Jacob; Gottschall, Samuel; Souder, John Derstine
Die Blumen stehen heer \ Gepflanzet auf Papier, Gott \ wolle selbst sie mahlen, Beygies \ sen und bestrelen, das Herz sey \ seine Erd. Und iedes \ Blümlein werd zur \ wahrheit kraft und \ wesen. In allen \ die sie lessen \ 1835
M. Godshall 1835
The flowers are standing here planted on paper; God himself wanted to draw, water and illuminate them; the heart shall be his soil. And every little flower shall turn into truth, power and knowledge, in all those who are reading them. 1835.
M. Godshall 1835
“Martin Gottschall” in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 1, pp. 325-326.
Mary Jane Lederach Hershey, This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836 (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003), pp. 146-153.
John Derstine Souder (1865-1942) was raised on a Mennonite farm near Telford in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was a storekeeper, postmaster, and poultry dealer before retiring. He spent the final five years of his life copying original Fraktur loaned to him by his neighbors and friends, and/or found in museums, as well as from printed sources such as Henry Stauffer Borneman’s 1937 Pennsylvania German Illuminated Manuscripts. At his death his cumulative work was hardly recognized beyond his local area. However, today’s museums and collectors value his undertaking as a survey and crowning touch to the Franconia Mennonite community’s well-known historical contribution to the flowering of Fraktur in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text is within a heart in the center of the document. From it protrudes a face, as well as leafy flowers. Two large birds are perched on its top. Two female figures are in the lower corners. A variety of ornaments, with a small face, is between them. Additional ornaments, also with faces are in the two upper corners. The entire document is framed by a border.
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