Claus Kucher's Scrapbook from the Vienna Organ Grinder's Festival

41213 bytes 59-05.jpg > unknown doll-players from Germany (had a big audience)
They are discovered now: Margarete und Erwin Hintze from Lieser/Germany

40658 bytes 59-06.jpg   Father of Ingmar Krause

49644 bytes 59-07.jpg  Ingmar and father

39985 bytes 59-08.jpg  Ingmar Krause -- Notice how he is holding the crank.
The barrel organ needs very little cranking force. ;-)
Is "s'Loewerl" indeed controlled with a pinned-cynlinder? Super ! }
No, it is controlled by 'Lochkarten-Faltkarton' (folded punched-card)

70339 bytes 59-09.jpg Facade of "s'Loewerl" - the big barrel-organ of Krause-family.
What means "s'Loewerl"?  "The Lion"?
The small lion (as you could say 'Clauserl' to me when I was I child)

83996 bytes 59-10d.jpg    Placard sign of "s'Loewerl"
> [ Jody & Claus: How can we get better detail? I can't read it. ]
I cannot re-scan it now, but look at attachment '59-10d-a.jpg' - hope you can read it now.

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82358 bytes 59-12.jpg Ingmar Krause and Oliver Maar (blurred)

63375 bytes 59-13.jpg Oliver Maar grinding on Kaernter Strasze, intently watched by Ingmar Krause.
[ Good photo ! Who owns the organ? Description? ]
It is owned by Oliver and built by Robert Hopp.

109864 bytes 60-02.jpg  [ Organ-grinder in front of the entrance to "Zum Werkelmann". Nice scene.
It is Karl Gandolf from Innsbruck/Austria.

70089 bytes 60-03.jpg  [ The same organ?
Looks like, but grinding lady is Ingeborg Thyrasse from Ilshofen/Germany.

103981 bytes 60-04.jpg Alfred Maierhofer from Nordviehbach/Germany.

76650 bytes 60-05.jpg  unknown

83667 bytes 60-06.jpg  [ Violano-Pan, by Rudolf Bruns.
Isn't this the man who made the organs for Ralph & Gloria Schack?
I've asked some people. (Wolfgang Geissler has a Bruns in his museum, but he does not know
the Schack's; please tell me more about them).  Grinder is Alfred Maierhofer (see picture 60-04).

99514 bytes 60-07.jpg  [ Looks like an old Chevrolet truck in the background!
Good guess, there was a show of US-cars at the same time. Grinder is Günter Schmidt from
Eitorf/Austria.

84207 bytes 60-08.jpg  [ Nice scene. It shows the "minimum equipment" for an organ-grinder;
obviously the operator loves the music, and he doesn't feel the need for elaborate costumes
and all the other "trappings" [das aeuszerl Zeichen].
Grinder is Günter Schmidt (see picture 60-07)

73106 bytes 60-09.jpg  [ Cute scene. Is this typical of Husband & Wife organ-grinders?
Maybe. Margrit & Rene Bolzern from Winterthur/Switzerland.

84312 bytes 60-10.jpg Margrit & Rene Bolzern from Winterthur/Switzerland.

57412 bytes 60-11.jpg  [ Singing lustily! ]
Yes, I think it was "Wien bleibt Wien" from Josef Schrammel.
Rene Bolzern from Winterthur/Switzerland.

83336 bytes 60-12.jpg  The car in the background is from "CH" = Switzerland.)
Yes, it is the car of the Bolzerns, I think a Chevy. Rene Bolzern from Winterthur/Switzerland.

105515 bytes 60-13.jpg  [ Cute organ. What do the signs say? (I can't read the detail.)
It says: "Unser Herz hängt an Wien, da zieht's uns immer hin",
the monkey says "Lachen ist gesund. Danke"
'Lost' equipment of .... with Hexenbesen (witch-broom)

96473 bytes 61-01.jpg 61-01.jpg [ Stilts ! She wears a rooster-hat.
What does she hold in her right hand? A duck-call?!
No stilts, only the long legs of Angelina Steegmans from Uithuizer Meeden/Netherlands ;-)
Utility in right hand is unknown.

83145 bytes 61-02.jpg  Wilhelm Heidenhofer (secretary of club "Monte Laa") together with
Margrit Bolzern.  Photo is blurred!

111261 bytes 61-03.jpg Günter Sickenberg together with Werner Strauß at witch-broom,
both from Dülmen/Germany

77630 bytes 61-04.jpg Christel & Fritz Lang from Solms/Germany grinding their Hofbauer-organs.

76384 bytes 61-06.jpg  son-in-law of Angelina Steegmans, name unknown

88207 bytes 61-08.jpg  Stefan & Ulrich Suter from Spiegel/Switzerland

88338 bytes 61-09.jpg  Stefan & Ulrich Suter from Spiegel/Switzerland

124017 bytes 61-10.jpg Norbert Schermann from Vienna grinding his 'Bacigalupo'

171542 bytes 61-11.jpg  Norbert Schermann and Fritz Widmann, both from Vienna
playing in front of big barrel-organ of Henriette Geissler

61-12.jpg Norbert Schermann

72208 bytes 61-15.jpg Norbert Schermann

48084 bytes 61-17.jpg Fritz Widmann watched by unknown young man from Vienna
(he is a beginning 'Orgelbauer' and made the additional Xylophon on the organ of Oliver Maar)
see picture 62-07 and 62-13

83141 bytes 61-18.jpg  Fritz Widmann

115867 bytes 61-20.jpg Karl Gandolf (see 60-02) he has a big 'Milliamper'
(Milchkanne = milk can) for storing the big money he will get ;-) ... 61-20 and this picture
have to be scanned at higher resolution!

116590 bytes 61-21.jpg  Karl Gandolf

65653 bytes 61-23.jpg  Wolfgang Geissler - he does not like the phote due to half-closed eyes ;-)

76725 bytes 61-24.jpg  Johann Galko from Vienna - showing a small pinned-cylinder organ

113923 bytes 62-04.jpg Schwarzwald-Concertorgel (33er Ruth) owned by Hermann Käbberich
from Eschwege/Germany to be sold for about ATS 700.ooo,--  only!

108861 bytes 62-05.jpg Hermann Käbberich with unknown young man

89879 bytes 62-07.jpg Alois Blümel ('Drehorgelbau im Zacherlhof') from Grassau/Germany
together with Oliver Maar from Perchtoldsdorf near Vienna

70229 bytes 62-08.jpg Oliver Maar (stinky-finger for me?) with 24er Ariston

84807 bytes 62-10.jpg 62-10.jpg Alois Blümel with replica of original 'Tanzbär' as built at
1920er near Leipzig/Germany he sells 28-double-voiced instrument with 4 rolls form DM 5.500,--

89225 bytes 62-12.jpg  detail of Tanzbaer (dancing bear) - (see 62-10)

121321 bytes 62-13.jpg Oliver Maar together with unknown young man (organ-builder)
from Vienna (see picture 61-17)

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54574 bytes 63-04.jpg  Armin Dippman from Merseburg, Germany, with his son at
Kaerntner Strasze

51509 bytes 63-07.jpg  Little daughter of Dippman-family; Wrong, it is Bernd Kowalke
with his son Patrick from Heuweiler/Germany, name of daughter unknown.

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48445 bytes 63-13.jpg 20er monkey-organ of Bolzern family, made by Jan & Gretha Bakker
of Rickenbach, Switzerland  [ This organ is beautiful. How can we learn more about it? ]
Built by Jan & Gretha Bakker, CH-6221 Rickenback (Luzern), Switzerland, Tel. 079-3348506.
Owners are Margrit & Rene Bolzern, Grenzstr. 30, CH-8406 Winterthur, Switzerland, Tel. 052-2029407

50444 bytes 64-02.jpg  [ Are the Vienna-Fiaker-Men the coach drivers? ]
Right, they drive mainly tourists at high-prices through the center of Vienna to see the
sights of town. Many songs about that people exists (it's unique in Europe because before
times of automobiles every city had those profession but there are no remarkeable songs
about the coachmen.  Compare our correspondence about Gerhard Bronner too.

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49772 bytes 64-04.jpg [ What is the 'Pestsaeule', Claus ? ]
    The statue of 'Pestsäule' was erected in the Middle Ages in the center of Vienna (on the "Graben"
near "Stephansplatz") after there was a terrific epedimic plague; it was the time (I think about 1600)
when the story from "Lieber Augustin" started, who survived the 'Pest': Max Augustin he came out
of a mass-grave and began to play on his 'Dudelsack' : "Oh du lieber Augustin, alles ist hin."
He died in the year 1705.
    Yesterday I was at the "Stammtisch des Wienerliedes" (round-table of Viennese songs),
it takes places every 3rd monday in a month: you have to imagine a 'Heuriger', in every room
you can listen to a performer (btw, Peter Nagl, the son of real 'Professor' (!), the only 'Werkelmann'
who every got that title, cranked a very old pinned-cylinder monkey-organ with trumpet-sounds
I've never heard before accompanied by accordeonist Walter Meda, sorry I forgot the name of the
instrument), here comes the story now:
    Walter Meda and Ernesto (performed with 'Dudelsack' and 'Drehleier' and sang in a costume
like 'Augustin') talked about the first Vienna waltz, as supposed by Walter, was not the tune from
'Lieber Augustin', Ernesto mentioned that coming from the city of Koeln (Cologne) but could not
state the really first Vienna waltz - delightful experience to listen those experts of Viennese songs!

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82735 bytes 64-08.jpg Unknown grinder at Graben > [ What says the sign? ]
Sign not known by me (it is near the 'Pestsäule' on Graben), I will ask.
Grinder is Werner Strauß from Dülmen/Germany.

63106 bytes 64-09.jpg Unknown grinder at Graben. Werner Strauß, see above.

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20 May 1999, rev. 18 August 2003