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The other side of the coin – #1161

Or sculpture.

The interest in yesterday’s post incented me to rock into the Big Smoke this am and do some research.


1. They’re not concrete (for those who thought I was being serious)

2. They’re 4 double-sided bronze panels with a positive imprint on one side and a matching mirrored image on the other.

3. No-one has a clue what they are.

The museum doesn’t know.
The museum bookshop doesn’t know.
The museum library doesn’t know.
The nice ladies in the Museum Director’s office don’t know)

(Someone even asked “Which bronze panels…?”. Oops… )

What we’ve established, though, is that they date back to 1962 (which was the year of the museum’s reopening) and that it would be a good idea to find out.

Quite understandable, of course – the people who worked there 40 years ago would be pushing 70 or 80 (if not the daisies up…) these days, everyone assumed that everyone knew about the panels and no-one documented them in an accessible form.

I’ve seen it happen in business.

All the Fortran and Cobol programmers retire, the machines tick over nicely, Y2K rears its ugly head and the shout goes out “Who can still program in Fortran?”

Deathly hush.

But I’m on it.

Always was a troublemaker…..


This entry was published on 18 November, 2010 at 12:00 and is filed under Culture, Mainz, The gates of the Gutenberg Museum. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “The other side of the coin – #1161

  1. >Ha! what a story!

  2. >JB, it is very interesting that no one seems to know and those that do are pushing daisies…BTW, I taught Fortran, Cobol, PL1, Basic, assembly language… not sure that it is needed today although I could have gotten a job during the Y2K switch with the Cobol.Stay out of trouble…G

  3. >Oh I know you're on it JB. Can't wait to hear what you find. It does look like concrete however! This ought to keep you busy and out of trouble for a while. I'm can hear Mrs. JB breathing a sigh of relief.V

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