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Hex Signs: Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Symbols and Their Meaning [Paperback]

Don Yoder , Thomas E. Graves

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811727998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811727990
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,053,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A revised and expanded edition of the classic work on hex-sign barn decorations, offering insight into their various forms, geographical spread, European origins, evolution in Pennsylvania, and current use in tourism, advertising, and regional art. The authors explore the meaning of the symbols by examining evidence from popular writers, scholars, and contemporary hex-sign painters. Full-colour photographs display the grandeur of this Pennsylvania Dutch phenomenon.

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Hex signs and the barns on which they appear are an integral part of the American culture developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch or Pennsylvania Germans (these names are interchangeable). Read the first page
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good informitive review of the topic. 22 Feb 2004
By The Old Philosopher - Published on Amazon.com
The authors take a pragmatic approach to the subject of the many round decorations that have graced barns and homes of Pennsylvania for hundreds of years. Especially among Pennsylvanians of "Deutch" or German ancestry, the fancy round "hex signs" are a cultural identification as well a decoration for their barns. Perhaps these signs also have magickal meaning as a ward or protection. The term "hex" means a magic spell in German, and "hexen" means witch. The authors shy away somewhat from a serious inquiry into the magickal meanings and efficacy of protection hexes. They do offer a collection of good photos of many old and new signs, interviews with current painters and discussion of those available commercially.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Hex signs 4 Aug 2011
By Nichole - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book in preparation for a lesson on hex signs i was doing with a Kindergarten art class. I found the book to be filled with generous amounts of information as well as beautiful images. This is a very informative book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview of hex signs and history 17 April 2011
By Kahuna - Published on Amazon.com
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Provides the basics on the region of SE PA known for PA Dutch hex signs. I purchased it to provide ideas for creating my own hex signs. It will be a big help for this purpose. Lots of great photos of beautiful barns.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview 27 May 2010
By A. Breininger - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a great introduction to hex symbols and contains some great photos and illustrations. I would recommend it as a starting point for someone who wants to learn more about this art form. It's a quick read but it is filled with information.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hex Signs:Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Symbols & Their Meaning 2 Mar 2000
By Carol DeMarra - Published on Amazon.com
"It is an excellent book on history of Pa.Dutch Hex Signs" Colorful and very informative!
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