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VMs: Volkskunstmuseum in Amsterdam...?
One loose end I'd like to tie up is how far back the tradition of the
"Altweibermuehle" goes - this is a tradition of a mill that turns old women
into young women... only these days they just a slide. :-)
This "Tradition" page mentions a "Volkskunstmuseum in Amsterdam", but this
doesn't seem to match up any of the ones on the
http://www.amsterdammuseums.nl/ site - can anybody suggest what museum it
might be referring to?
The only other mention of Altweibermuehle I found on the web (in Google's
cache) was a (since reorganised and quite possibly defunct) lyrics
...where "Bruce" posted (in October 1997):-
There are also many ballads about old people, including
some who wouldn't act like others expected (i.e, bawdy).
There is also one about the Dutch Miller who put old wives
and harlots into his mill and ground out tender young virgins
(adapted from an earlier German illustrated broadsheet). A
cheap print of a large engraving of this mill was a very
popular wall decoration in English county cottages in the
Any suggestions on where to look for this broadsheet would be much
appreciated - German is definitely one of my research weaknesses! :-)
Thanks, .....Nick Pelling.....