By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 22, 2021) – In Issue 2021-140 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we recall the famous piper who lured the rats away.


Today is Ratcatchers Day, in honor of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The legend of the Pied Piper dates back to middle ages.  He was hired by the Lower Saxony town of Hamelin to drive away the town’s rats using his magic pipe.  He wore a multicolor piped clothing to add to the allure.

He was quite successful in communicating with the rats and they indeed followed him out of town.  Not surprisingly, however, the townspeople decided to not pay him for his services, and then he used his magic pipe to lure away the children of the town.

All this must be true as this plot is captured by Goethe, the Brothers Grimm among others.

Here is a map by Colton of northern Germany, mostly of Saxony, from 1855.

Northern Germany – Saxony Circa 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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