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In 1881 Friedrich August Kaulbach's painting
Die Schützenliesl
was exhibited at the Munich Octoberfest. The title was derived
from the shooting events (
Schutzenfest
) held throughout Germany.
The girl who posed for it was a 21-year-old waitress named
Coletta. The postcard tells the story that The Blatz Brewing
Company exhibited the 8 ft. x 5 1/2 ft. painting at the 1893
Chicago World's Fair. Coletta would continue to appear in Blatz
advertising for many years to come.
Not only did Coletta’s image subsequently
appear on these knives but she was
immortalized on advertising signs, statues,
and steins.
Coletta also danced on top
of this magnificent boar’s
tusk corkscrew with silver
mounts.