Early American Life - June 2004:
Eye on Antiques: German Decorated Boxes
"We live in a world of sophisticated decoration that bombards our senses with beautiful fabrics, bountiful colors on walls, and stylish accoutrements to furnish our homes. The spontaneously simple designs on decorated spanschachteln (schachteln meaning boxes; span, wood shavings) popular from 1750-1850 in the states that make up modern Germany provide a refreshing and rewarding break. "
Early American Life - Christmas 2004:
Paint a Bride's Box
"In the German states and German influenced areas of the young United States, a groom often gave his bride a brightly painted wooden box for her trousseau, bridal crown, and bouquet. This project shows you how to create a large bride's box typical of those painted in Thüringen (in the central part of what now is Germany) around 1850."