Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ed Meier, Munich, Germany

The Ed Meier store in Munich is one of those stores that is sooo old fashion and traditional that it is actually kinda cool. The “cool stores” with ironic tees and skinny jeans are a dime a dozen in most cities but a store like this really stands out. The best elements were the traditional Bavarian clothing and the old-school hiking shoes.

With that said the only thing I saw in the store that I really loved and wanted to buy were these colorful shoe shine brushes.
Am I the only one that has never seen colored shoe shine brushes?
What a great Christmas present or even better- a Graduation gift.

I could just see the Dad telling the son “Son, you are a man now so shine your shoes”


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  1. Nameless4Now

    April 26, 2007 at 5:12 am

    ‘Seit 1596′
    i.e., Established 1596, it says on the truck, and at the bottom, the web address, in their classic font.
    And don’t miss the website, people, but you’ll need to max out your browser window ‘cos there are different bits and pieces to slide up and down all over the place… a bit labyrinthine, but definitely an experience, and a sight to behold!

  2. Julyanne

    April 26, 2007 at 8:55 am

    I love the truck, as well as all of your previous typography posts! You have such a sharp sensibility for interesting found type.

  3. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for this, it’s like we are living vicariously through you. I love the pictures, the clothes/shoes etc. but more importantly their smiles and expressions. To put it simply, you take great pictures!!

  4. emeeul

    April 26, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Nice little Vespa ‘Ape’ delivery scooter (Kastenwagen in Deutsch).

  5. Alice Olive

    April 26, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Those shoe brushes are extremely cute! I’d want one in each colour. This truly shoes, oops I meant to type shows, that store displays COMPLETELY get me in! I can’t resist! Great shot!

  6. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I love the truck!!

  7. archivarian (an archival & library mistress)

    April 26, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    A wonderful idea to learn how to properly shine your shoes as a passage to manhood – there’s a small number of men who know how to properly do it. Both of my brothers who’ve graduated from high school, still need to learn!

  8. JO

    April 26, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Great thought! A step toward manhood. it woudl be a nice pre-wedding gift as well.

    I love your incredible shots!

  9. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    great pic Sart …. your eye for such wonderful details always amazes me

  10. Jennine

    April 26, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    do tiny people drive the truck? like the tiny man in ‘tin drum?’

  11. tanya

    April 26, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I agree, those would be something nice to receive — very unique too!

    There are many vehicles like those in the Philippines (many because they’re cheaper than regular full-sized delivery vans). We always call them toy cars or toy trucks. Hope y’all noticed that it’s actually a tricycle. :D

  12. cmk

    April 26, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Amazing brushes! Last Christmas, my dad gave me his shoeshine box (with his old brushes inside) as a gift, which his oldest brother gave to my dad as a college graduation gift. It’s been in the family for about 35 years.

  13. motard66

    April 26, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    my father was a shoe-shine boy during the depression (yes, really) and he always had perfectly shined shoes…he told me once that the reason for having different colored bristles is so that you have a diferent brush for your different colored shoes – you wouldn’t want to use the black shoe polish brush on light colored shoes, and so on, as the colorant in the polish transfers. That’s not to say that one would have a green pair of shoes (as I think one of those brushes was green) but it’s all for color coding purposes – brown for brown shoes, black for black, etc.

  14. Anonymous

    April 27, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    This little car of course is Italian, but it was often used in Germany after the war. Glad you’ve enjoyed the bavarian clothing – I bought a Stetson in Munich last time! lol

  15. Scott

    April 27, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    I hope there are still lots of shops in Germany with the wonderful neon typescript signs that look like they are from the 1960s! You’d appreciate them, I think.

  16. sunnyday

    April 30, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Like you, first time I’m seeing shoeshine brushes with bristles of an array of colors!

    And cute truck =) I drop by your blog from time to time; not only do I appreciate fashion, I like your photographs as well.

  17. Danielle

    July 5, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I think the truck is so humourous in that it looks like one of those little toy models.

  18. Luuk

    November 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Just discovered that Ed Meier is closing shop from Nov. 9th on.

  19. walking tees

    December 22, 2015 at 6:08 am

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    Keep up the good writing.

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