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by Steven L. Akins HEX SIGNS are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, related to fraktur, found in the Fancy Dutch tradition (as opposed to the Amish plain tradition) in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Painted barn motifs, usually in the form of “stars in circles,” began to appear on the central…
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Classic Essays

by August C. Mahr (1945) ON A GREAT NUMBER of Pennsylvania Dutch barns, there are geometrical ornaments painted on the outside walls; ornaments which, as a rule, show some sort of star within a circular disk (Figs. 1, 2, 8, 10b). The Pennsylvania Dutch barn in question is of the so-called Swiss bank-barn…
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