20th century trades (1)

20th century trades: It is not unusual to look back at the end of a century. For this reason we began to set up an exhibition of different businesses and crafts from the passed 100 years in 2000.

This shop alley is a sequence of 12 shops and small businesses that provide the visitors with interesting insights. All of these shops were either especially important in the 20. century or could not continue existing because of structural changes in the working world. Businesses like shoemaking, upholstery, grinding and cooperage can only be admired in museums today. Also, crafts like tailoring or millinery were replaced by factories over time.

Different areas were especially important in the past century. The grocery store and the butcher’s shop were crucial for the food supply, the dentist and the pharmacy were essential parts of health care, the technological sector was covered by a watchmaker and a photographer.

Address of the head of the museum Dr. U. Haas at the opening of the exhibition on November 17 2002:

Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends of the museum, feel welcome to the opening of our new exhibition! One day I was walking through the shop alley an I remembered the tale of the „Sleeping Beauty“, who, together with her parents and the whole royal household, fell asleep for 100 years and finally was awakened by the kiss of a handsome young prince. The „Roscheider Hof“ may not be a castle nor are its walls covered with thorns, but with ivy and Virginia creeper. Nevertheless time seems to stand still here, as well. And there are still many princesses today, but very few real princes. Instead, we have representatives of the local government among us who kiss the princesses, so they can praise the good wine of our region.{welcomes the district administrator, the mayor and former mayors}.

If we lived in the tale, our mayor could easily go into a pharmacy and buy medicine against the ailing municipal budget. In that case many of his colleagues and ministers of finances from all over the world would come to our town and expensive hotels would be built here in Konz. Well, the reality looks entirely different but we still hope our newly opened shop alley will attract more people to visit our museum and thus benefit the tourism in our region.

The idea of creating a shop alley to exhibit businesses from different decades of the past century came up when we received some generous donations. Among these were parts of the upholstery, where people worked with genuine horsehair and also congeries from different watchmakers. The butcher’s shop was opened 100 years ago near the „Herz-Jesu-Krankenhaus“ in Trier. The tailor’s was assembled from parts of different collections by Miss Heit and also includes an embroidery machine from an over 90 years old lady from Trier who earned money with her craft until few years ago. In the millinery we can see the haberdashery products, that were available in every larger town. Additionally a family from Konz donated various hats to complete our collection.

The pharmacy across from the butcher’s shop reminds us of the time when pills, powders and ointments were still manufactured by the pharmacist himself. We owe many of the exhibits to the activity of Miss Waagmeester and kind pharmacists of our region, in particular Mister Lichtenberg and Mister Mackenberg. Another exhibit worth mentioning is the bakery, that we owe Miss Ostermann from Trier. Today it will provide us all with fresh bread and cake, you are all invited to stay a little longer. The shoemaker’s was completely transferred from Trier. You can not only look at the complete inventory of the shoemaker, but also empathize with him, as the pictures on the wall show his unfulfilled desire to travel to different places. The photographer’s is not entirely finished, but very soon we will be able to take pictures of our visitors in clothes from earlier times in front of a matching backdrop. Hypothetically, the dentist ist ready to get to work. In the older dental chair many of our townsmen had to endure the dental art of past decades. The newer one we owe Doctor Brandstätter from Trier who could start his work right now, as he is here today and the tools still function.

The last two rooms are dedicated to businesses that were very typical for our region, i.e. cooperage and the manufacturing of vine scissors. The cooperage is a compilation of different objects from the stock of the museum, whereas the forge and the grinding plant are original plants from the workshop of Toni Reis in Schweich. Ladies and Gentlemen, with this shop alley, we finished what we call the upper tour. I think you will understand, that the assembly of the rooms was fun for all workers and participants, whom I would like to sincerely thank on this occasion. At the same time, i would like to kindly thank all of the mentioned and unmentioned friends and sponsors who made all of the objects available to us.


Der Nürnberger Zinngießer Heinrich Harrer eröffnet seine in das Freilichtmuseum Roscheider Hof, Konz übertragene Werkstatt.


Helmut Leiendecker: Schnaeaegen - Schnecken (Trierisch).

Josef Peil: Brutsch, Beim Zahndokter (Pleizenhausener Mundart)

Horst Hohl; Lippert's Josef, Geschichte eines Händlers im Hunsrück (Kastellauner Mundart)