Two Wuppertal originals:
The Zuckerfritz and Mina bang.
Mina A fictional character from Otto Hausmann's dialect poem "Die Weberin Mina". Published in 1870.
The bronze figure has been standing in the middle of downtown Elberfeld since June 7, 1979.
The Zuckerfritz, his real name was Fritz Poth, was born in Elberfeld in 1831.
He used his wheelbarrow to transport parcels and run other errands.
His fondness for sweets earned him the nickname Zuckerfritz.
Fritz Poth died on May 9, 1906 in the city hospital in Elberfeld from the consequences of pneumonia.
His monument with the wheelbarrow was also erected on December 19, 1979 in downtown Elberfeld.
The third original is in Barmen and is called: Peter Held alias Husch Husch born in Barmen on August 28, 1886.
Husch Husch was well known as a peddler with his cigar box for haberdashery in the valley of the Wupper, especially in the towns of Barmen and Elberfeld. Since the children were always after him and annoyed him, he was not the friendliest with children.
But he was also often in a bad mood among the elderly, and was generally regarded as a curmudgeon.
The older population also knows that he opposed the Nazi leadership at the time with courage, determination and disrespect.
That even put him in jail at times.
Husch Husch died on
November 28, 1953 in the Galkhausen Clinic, today the LVR Clinic Langenfeld ...
July 25, 2017
Since June 7, 1979, a proud female figure, life-size and made of bronze, has stood in the middle of downtown Elberfeld. It was created by the Wuppertal sculptor Ulle Hees. It is about Mina Knallenfalls, the heroine from Otto Hausmann's dialect poem of the same name (published 1870). The buxom and cheeky “Weit” stands in the middle of life without a base and is chewed up by the people of Wuppertal, decorated with flowers or even wears a balloon on their wrist. Research is now certain that the poet's grandmother, Maria Wilhelmina Hausmann, née Maas, served the figure as a model. She lived over 150 years ago “on the Fuhr”, the later bank of Iceland, a poor district that has now been completely built over and has disappeared. The bronze Mina, on the other hand, served Heike Jesberger, a friend of Hees', as a model for the sculpture.
June 10, 2021
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!