Gingerbread Ancestors

By Jean-Pierre Volatron; posted December 27, 2006

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At right: the oldest ginderbread ancestor. It is one-armed. Born in 1856. The previous were with the wire suspended to a hook, and this one is the first in France with a pin. But it was a difficulty: for the sealing, it was necessary to know if the pin was in (towards the pole) or out... Quickly, they put two arms (see in the middle of the picture). Around 1868, the French administration has standardised the shape of the classic gingerbread. The third one is not enameled on the top. Anybody xnows the U-number of these ancestors?