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bacon, Reading, market, turnips, Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, radio program, cookies, mince meat


A handwritten letter from Lizzie M. Brossman addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated November 3, 1956. Within, Brossman details a story her father told her about a vendor at a Reading street market who spoke in Pennsylvania German about his products.


Lizzie M. Brossman


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 167-2


Robesonia, Pennsylvania


Nov. 3 - 1956

Mr. Shoemaker,

Dear sir -

Here is a somewhat similar story I heard you tell today.

My dad related it often and also said it actually happened (I just can’t recall name but he often told us.)

This man attended street market in Reading and was heard to call as he went along to sell his produce the following.

Ich hob, Flitch Flatch (Bacon), hinder shings (Hams) Fedder shings (Shoulders)

Red Ripes (Red beets) Reeva (turnips) und grossa gulke gupps (large turkeys)

When the people would ask him do you have turnips? He would answer, “Ach Nay ower Reeva”.

Upon arriving home he said

Ich het bushels fun turnips far kaffe kenna, ower ken divil hut reeva hower wella.

Hope you can read this as I am one of those very Dutch speaking but not so good at writing it.

Don’t you have anyone going to radio station with you anymore?

I did not get to Folklore Center as yet but expect to in near future, it must be interesting.

I don’t know whether I talked with you since Mr. Brossman passed away.

I had tough sailing already, but leave everything to God, He knows best.

I know we think things should be different sometimes but I am sure God has a plan for everyone if we will only hold fast to our faith in the Lord Jesus.

Hoping for you a large success in your work.

Sincerely, I am

Mrs. Lizzie M. Brossman

R. # 1. Robesonia, Penna.

Pine Tree Farm.

P.S. The old man (Pappy Fisher) is still with me and does not miss your program on radio.

Do you remember when you were at our house you said those mince meat cookies were the first cookies you ever eat made with mince meat.


English and Pennsylvania German

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Letter From Lizzie Brossman to Alfred L. Shoemaker, November 3, 1956



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