Hex Signs: Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Symbols & Their Meaning

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Stackpole Books, Jan 1, 2000 - Art - 86 pages
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  • Helps us to understand hex signs as no other work on the subject ever has.-Simon Bronner, author of Following Tradition
  • A landmark in the study of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art.-Henry Glassie, author of The Spirit of Folk Art

    A revised and expanded edition of the classic work on hex-sign barn decorations, offering insight into their various forms, geographical spread, European origins, evolution in Pennsylvania, and current use in tourism, advertising, and regional art. The authors explore the meaning of the symbols by examining evidence from popular writers, scholars, and contemporary hex-sign painters. Full-color photographs display the grandeur of this Pennsylvania Dutch phenomenon.

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    Contents

    The World of the Hex Sign
    ix
    What Are Hex Signs?
    1
    The Historical Hex Sign as Folk Art
    4
    Circles Stars and the Metaphysical
    6
    The Scholars War
    9
    The Hex Sign as Ethnic Symbolism
    17
    The Hex Sign in Pennsylvania
    22
    The Geographical Spread of the Hex Sign
    25
    The Hex Sign in Advertising
    41
    The Hex Sign in Regional Art
    46
    The Contemporary Hex Sign Painter
    48
    Some Personal Views
    56
    Do Hex Signs Have Deeper Meanings?
    67
    The Hex Sign Today
    69
    How to Make a Rosette Hex Sign
    75
    Questionnaire
    76

    The Forms of the Hex Sign
    29
    The Disappearing and Reappearing Hex Sign
    35
    The Tourist Discovers the Hex Sign
    38
    Bibliography
    78
    Index
    81
    Copyright

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    Page 1 - ... for which it is named. This region is locally known as Witch's Head, from HEXICOPF (Ger. witch head) HILL, which, legend holds, contained a jasper mine of religious significance to the Indians. Rather than have its secret known, they abandoned the mine when white settlers arrived. For some reason the German settlers later fixed it as the scene of witches

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    About the author (2000)

    Don Yoder was cofounder of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society, longtime editor of its journal Pennsylvania Folklife, and Professor of Folklife Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1996. He currently resides in Devon, Pennsylvania.

    Thomas Graves lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, and has written articles on hex signs, gravestones, and coal culture.

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