Sandstone reliefs in the city wall, showing six Magdeburg characters of the early 20th centurty, from left to right:
Blut- / appelsine
(Blood orange). Market woman selling fruit, such as oranges, and her red cheeks saddled her with the nickname.
(Fly-catcher Henry). Man selling so-called "Fliejentuten" (Fly-bags), glue-covered pointed bags which were used to catch flies.
(Firebug). Woman with long, red hair.
(Lice-Benecke). Nickname of Julius Benecke, who lived with his dog under a bridge.
(Stinky, dirty guy). He worked on the fishing docks along the river and was paid in fish which he would put in his pockets and leave there.
(Monkey father). Organ grinder with a monkey which danced to the tunes.
The names of these characher do not appear in any archive. Supposedly the artist had his information from old Magdeburgers.
Eberhard Roßdeutscher (Weißenfels 1921 - Magdeburg 1980), German sculptor (
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Figuren, Reliefs und Denkmale in Magdeburg
Location N 52°7'57" E 11°38'42"
; Photograph: 2 September 2012
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