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Kutztown in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Candlemaker

 
 
The Candlemaker Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. The Candlemaker Marker
Inscription.

"Der licht macher" means light maker or candlemaker, who used beeswax or bayberry wax for his candles. Professional candlemakers were usually found in large towns & cities. The candlemaker hung a wick, with a small weight at the bottom from a piece of wire which held five or six wicks. The wires were dipped in a kettle filled with hot wax. The candles had to cool after each dipping. Because of the cost of the wax & the amount of time required, professionally dipped candles were expensive.
 
Location. 40° 31.092′ N, 75° 46.989′ W. Marker is in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, home of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown PA 19530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Plain Dutch (here, next to this marker); New Year's Day Lore (here, next to this marker); The Bush Meeting (a few steps from this marker); Thanksgiving & Harvest Home (a few steps from this marker); Cider (a few steps from this marker); Dew of Heaven (a few steps from this marker); Pennsylvania Half-Timbering (a few steps from this marker); The Mennonites (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding The Candlemaker.

The Candlemaker Marker and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. The Candlemaker Marker and Other Markers
Excerpt from "Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Old-Time Techniques for Modern Candlemaking. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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