Blind organ-grinder and dog drowned in the Meuse/Maas at Liège/Luik, Belgium

Floodwaters took his barrel-organ, he held onto his only source of income, Fido was on a string.


5/12/1840. Image: Noord-Brabander.

String of sausages or string of pearls? Organ-grinders may not have been taken seriously in novels before Madame Bovary, or in theatre before Woyzeck, but the provincial press is full of them: fighting, drinking, singing scurrilous libels, dying miserable deaths. There’s some great stuff, particularly in German publications, as, somewhat later, welfarism takes hold in order to prevent this kind of thing.

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