Earlier this month we quizzed our Instagram followers (@stlouis.style) on how well they knew fairy tales…and not many got our question right. The correct answer to “What Fairy Tale is this object depicting?” was the Town Musicians of Bremen – a German tale collected by the Brothers Grimm and published in Grimms’ Fairy Tales in 1819.
It tells the story of four aging domestic animals, who after a lifetime of hard work are neglected and mistreated by their former masters. Eventually, they decide to run away and become town musicians in the city of Bremen. Contrary to the story’s title the characters never arrive in Bremen, as they succeed in tricking and scaring off a band of robbers, capturing their spoils, and moving into their house.