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19th century German note offers New Year greeting

By Neil Shafer

It’s been a long time since I’ve used this venue to help greet the new year. So for this reason I have chosen to show such a greeting (no specified year) on a note from Germany that, judging from its style, must have been created in the 1880s or 1890s.

Basically it wants to send you 1,000 wishes for a Happy New Year. If you examine closely the “activities” across the lower border from right to left, you’ll notice that the word DAUBITZ is shown.


Daubitz is a part of the Saxon municipality Rietschen in the district of Gorlitz. Its origin goes back to the 14th century. Why it is mentioned on this ephemeral note and in this context is completely beyond me. Any ideas, anybody?

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