This is the front cover of the German weekly periodical, ULK. This title means ‘joke’ or ‘fun’ in German. ‘ULK’ is in capital letters across the top of the page. Directly underneath is the subtitle, also in capital letters, ‘Wochenschrift des Berliner Tageblatts’ (‘weekly magazine of the Berliner Tageblatt’ – a daily German newspaper. Underneath that is the issue number (NR. 11), 55. Jahrgang (55th year) and the date of publication (11 March 1926). Most of the cover is taken up with a drawing. It shows a man and woman walking in a green field with yellow flowers. A winding grey river is behind them. There is a short tree on the river bank on the right-hand side. New leaves are growing from its sparse branches suggesting the start of spring. In the distance, across the back of the picture, is a row of mountains, and the sky above them is a dark blue. The pose of the man and woman suggests that they are couple: the man on the right holds on to the arm of the woman on the left, who has her hand in her jacket pocket. Their dress is remarkably similar: each wears a white jacket, a yellow tie, and a white shirt. The man wears trousers, while the woman wears a long skirt or possibly three-quarter length trousers. The man has short, combed-back blonde hair. The woman has short, centrally parted dark hair. She also wears a monocle and is smoking a cigarette. To the right of the man is a large stork, who is biting his raised ankle, to which he responds with some shock. The caption below the picture, at the bottom of the cover, reads ‘Frühling 1926: Selbst der Storch irrt sich!’, which means, ‘Spring 1926: Even the stork is confused!’. This refers to the fact that in German folklore, a pregnant women is said to have been bitten by a stork. In this case, man and woman look so similar that the stork accidentally bites the wrong person.

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