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Brick drying in Melinci


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Melinci was long known for making brick, or “cigel”. The clay deposit, the workforce and the skilled craftsmen who knew the art of brick making and firing contributed to the survival of brick making until the 1970s. Most important, however, was the economic aspect: industrial bricks were too expensive. Every day, 4,000 raw bricks were made. The blatar prepared and mixed the clay, the foringaš shaped the brick in a brick model, while the odnašarca dried the bricks in a room dedicated to this purpose. The 1935 photograph shows drying bricks in two large piles.

Information on digitization

Name of site
Other settlement names
Muramelence, Melincz
2 fotografiji
Place of origin/discovery
Name of institution or personage holding object; identification number of object
Pokrajinski arhiv Maribor / Maribori Területi Levéltár Arhivski fond: SI_PAM/1702 Zbirka albumov fotografij in razglednic, TE 20, ovoj 2-16, F-4/129, F-4/130, SI_PAM/1702/005/002/001_00050
Written sources
Pšajd, J., 2012. Ciglarstvo na Melincih. V: Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva, številka 1/4, 2012. Str. 121–122.
Web page
Jelka Pšajd: »Ciglarstvo na Melincih«, v Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva, številka 1/4, 2012, str. 121–122
File name
1200 x 1200 dpi
Restrictions on use
Brez omejitev
Date of documentation
Person documenting
Ksenija Rojht, Gordana Šövegeš Lipovšek

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