Colonial goods (German: Kolonialwaren) was a term used in the first instance by retailers, wholesalers and economists during the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. The term chiefly refers to foods and other consumer goods imported from European colonies, as opposed to commodities produced domestically or imported from nearby countries.
The term was widely used in Germany and in export oriented countries that traded with Germany, notably Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands as well as in the Nordic countries. It referred to food and other widely traded commodity items with good storage properties that were consumed in Europe but for the most part produced in other continents, especially sugar, rice, coffee, tea, cocoa and tobacco. These goods tended to be sold in specialist “colonial goods” shops, which were regarded as a distinctive sector.
My photo shows the facade of a former Colonial Goods shop in Gotha/Thuringia with a huge sailing ship - chiselded from sandstone - symbolising foreign trade (foundation date 1893).
Interesting logo Frank for imports from late 19th century into the 20th century. Why use a 16th century vessel when maybe a clipper would have been more in tune with the time. Bas-relief in sandstone show how skilled the technicians of the time were. Excellent!
The seasons are changing in central California, yeah!
Hallo Frank, That is an amazing sculpture and it's surprising how little it has weather in well over a century. The side light show the detail well while the note is, al always, fascinating. GLF, Patricia