617 Steinbach Nutcracker Basket Maker
Maker-A direct literal translation of the German idiom Er hat einen Korb
bekommen is He received a basket. The actual meaning however is
altogether different and is used to describe a situation where a man’s
romantic overtures to a lady have met with a flat rejection. In other
words, when you gotten the basket”, you have gotten the brush-off. But
fortunately, this is another matter and has absolutely nothing to do
with our story, or; for that matter; with our little basket-maker.
This fine fellow is here to sell his
home-made wicker baskets. Basket-makers are truly a rarity in
Germany today. It is an artful hand- craft that is seldom practiced here
anymore. Also the surname Basketmaker is wellknown, as so called
the director of the Toy Fair in Nurnberg of today. Genuine
wicker-baskets however are still made by basket-weavers in Poland and
Rumania. Baskets of all shapes and sizes are transported from there by
the wagon-load to Germany. But shipping these baskets is often a very
expensive undertaking. It calls to mind an old German expression, which
translated, roughly means the gravy is more expensive than the meat.
Simply stated, this means that the freight cost is more expensive today
than the cost of the entire basket.
Our clever little fellow here however
has seized a marketing opportunity. He goes with his baskets from house
to house, and if the German freight forwarding costs continue to rise,
our little basket salesman will soon be richer than the Postmaster!
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