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Shockheaded Peter

This hand painted magic lantern (cm 35,5x10) slide shows the characters of one of the rhymed stories from Shockheaded Peter (Struwwelpeter). Struwwelpeter is a famous German children's book (1845) written and illustrated by a German psychiatrist, Heinrich Hoffman. Hoffman wrote the book for his own child in 1844. Later he was convinced by a friend to publish the book. Struwwelpeter became quickly popular and was translated into several languages.

The ten Struwwelpeter's stories follow a constant scheme: a naughty boy is punished with a fierce retaliation.

For instance: the foolish Pauline burns alive because she played with matches even it was forbidden.









A very old (British) and a recent (Italian) edition of Struwwelpeter.