People will not look forward
to posterity who never look backward
to their ancestors.
[Edmund Burke, 1729-1797]
My helmet looked somewhat like this. Well, not really!
LANGMANN FAMILY LEGENDS--and how they proved true
By Rudy Langmann
When I was a child I was told by my father that the Langmann family had a hereditary
coat-of-arms the design of which was unknown to him, and I was not able to
verify that until I started college and went to study at the Royal Library
in Copenhagen in 1948 and by chance came across the old Siebmacher armorial
from 1609. As a twelve-year-old in 1942 I had created my own family crest,
a painted shield cut out of plywood and a knight's helmet manufactured from
a couple lengths of stovepipes with which I fought many a battle, and interestingly
enough I had chosen the same heraldic colors as I later found to be in the
ancient crest, namely red, blue and silver*. My design, however, was slightly
Nürnberger Modes throughout the Centuries
FAMILY BIOGRAPHIES SPANNING MORE THAN A THOUSAND YEARS
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(Contains also pictures and a listing of sources)
This page from Johann Siebmacher's 'Grosses Wappenbuch' of 1609:
* Siebmacher shows the tinctures (colors) of the crest as red, silver and black, but in other armorials they are (in that order) silver, red and blue.
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Man, that would make me feel 90 feet tall.
[Alex Haley, 1921-1992]