They left their countries
They crossed the oceans
They came to America
The land of freedom and liberty
Our ancestors, through their hard work and strong spirit, managed to assimilate themselves into the cultural tapestry, first in their ethnic communities and then setting out in diverse ways to become the new Americans.
There are various forms of these hats. Frequently the hats are decorated with a colored, corded hatband and a spray of flowers, feathers or “brush” at the side of the crown.
German Beer Steins
The Germans loved their beer. These two are highly decorated and become prized collector items.
Commemorative Card mourning the death of a German young man.
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Favorite Emperor of many. Here is a great photograph of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last
Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia.
German Christmas Card
The Germans were printing some of the best vintage post cards in the world before WWI.
St. Pauli in Hamburg. The barmaids could carry many steins at once and were an icon of the beerhalls.
Designed in 1842 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia. The Pickel Helmut is made of leather. Metal helmets did not come along until World War I.
Charles Beebe was a member of the Odd Fellows Society
in Kaukauna – marked as such on the sword.
Kaiser Wilhelm silver mark coin.