DRENKE 1921 "Straw Woman" complete set of one Notgeld Germany
An interesting note! There was an old custom in northern Germany where, originally, a groom would make a path of straw from the bride's house to the church before their wedding or before their engagement was made official by the church.
But this tradition soon evolved into something quite different. If the bride or groom had been involved in a previous relationship, straw would be strewn from the door of the bride- or groom-to-be to the door of their former flame, mocking both of them! A straw man or straw woman would also be placed in front of the doors of the participants (as is shown in this note), or even on the roof, so as to make the ridicule as visible as possible.
I've translated the two verses from the straw woman side of the note as follows:
"A straw woman stands before Jochen's house, that's why the naughty boys are laughing at him: Because little Kathrin, Jochen's former bride, is being married today with the neighbor's Peter."
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