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What elicited the enclosed reponse was my querying the poster of the
original message about documentation of the wayzgoose as taking "its
name from the German custom (1683) of celebrating the completion of
apprenticeship for young printers with a goose dinner at which they
could exhibit their work".
I believe that the concept of young printers exhibiting their work on
completing their apprenticeship is a myth, at least in the British and
Anglo-American context. If apprentices receiving their freedom produced
pieces of printing, at least some of those pieces would survive, and I
know of no such. If anyone can document this origin of the wayzgoose,
I would love to hear about it.
>I'm sorry to answer a private query on the public list, but my response got
>bounced back so I am forced to answer Michael Farren's inquiry here on the
>list. The origin tale for Wayzgoose I reported was from a newspaper clipping
>sent to me by my mother-in-law from her local paper (Niagara Guardian?). No
>source was listed for the story by the paper so I cannot vouch for its
>veracity, but perhaps the staff at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Grimsby
>Ontario (Canada) could identify the historical source should you care to
>follow-up the newspaper story.
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