Èpinal print

Copperplate engraving: Victualienmarktpreise in dem Theuerungs Jahre 1817 im Monate Januar
This Èpinal print informs about the Victualienmarktpreise in dem Theuerungs Jahre 1817 im Monate Januar (Victualienmarkt prices in the inflation year 1817 in the month of January). The coloured copperplate engraving was published ca. 1817 in Augsburg by V. Zanna et Comp.
Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek Leipzig

Èpinal print

Explaining the world with pictures, 1811

...what are the London broadsheets in comparison to those coloured sheets that emerge from this small printer’s office in Ruppin? What is the fame of the Times against the civilising mandate of Ruppin‘s Èpinal print?

Theodor Fontane, Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg, 1862

Èpinal prints were extremely popular pictorial and reading media of the 18th and 19th centuries. They combined text and pictures and provided informative, instructive, devotional, and entertaining material as well as news on a sheet of paper. Sold by colporteurs and picture dealers, the sheets were often used as wall decorations. In the 19th century, publishers of these printed picture sheets in Neuruppin, Épinal and southern Germany plied the international market with the cheap, hand-coloured planographic prints.

This Èpinal print from Augsburg lists the going prices for food on the market in 1817 in Gulden (f) and Kreuzer (x). Due to bad harvests and inflation, the food prices in Europe in 1816/17 rose dramatically and led to famine.