Christian Ritter's Rare Europaisches Pferde-Pulver Pennsylvania Broadside - 1805
RARE GERMAN - AMERICAN BROADSIDE - 1805
(A rare 1805 German - American Broadside) Christian Ritter’s Europäisches Pferde-Pulver; protecting one of German-American farmers’ most critical tools and assets; the horse. The broadside advertises Ritter's powder which if used would ensure the well being of your most valuable asset...your horse. Broadside. 5½ x 9¼ inches, landscape. Letterpress. Slightly dust-soiled; very good. “Without a horse, an inhabitant was nailed to the ground” In 2013, Hermann Wellenreuther published Citizens In A Strange Land: A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 1730-1820 (Penn State Press, 2013). In it Wellenreuther discuses this particular broadside. In chapter two "The German-American Secular World) he writes (abridged) "The high value of horses meant that their health was of major concern, as reflected in the number of broadsides that offered medication or advice ... Surprisingly, no German printer before 1802 published a treatise on the diseases of horses, although quite a few were available in English. Thus, it is not surprising that at least some broadsides tried to provide the information German farmers otherwise could not get. ‘Recepte für Pferde,’ mentioned above was first published possibly around 1790, and ‘Christian Ritters Europäisches Pferde-Pulver,’ which promoted minerals as important supplements for horse fodder, was published in 1805 ... Horses were vital not only for working the fields but also for transporting goods. During the French and Indian War and the War of Independence German farmers’ horses had been in high demand ... Horses would become part of the ostentatious display of the few rich Germans, but more importantly, they were part of the infrastructure system of Pennsylvania. Without a horse, an inhabitant was nailed to the ground. [p120] References: Wellenreuther, Citizens in a Strange Land: A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 1730-1820 (Penn State Press, 2013). Shaw & Shoemaker 50605. Not in Yoder or Earnest. OCLC, , LCP only. Not in Arndt and Eck. Copy at the Library Company of Philadelphia.