Bar Graph Index

The Bar Graph Index presents an overview of consumption from 1640-1688 grouped by “category.” Category is determined both by a food type determined by Dr. Taylor-Poleskey (fish, meat, birds, etc.) based on how the court clerks grouped the foods in the annual account books and by the type of measurement. This overcame the problem of comparing apples to applesauce, or as in this case, absolute numbers of fish to vats of pickled fish (Stof or Pfund). Click here for charts of modern measurement equivalents of the original German terms.

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Fruits by Stück
Fruits by Pfund
Fruits by Stof

Meats by Stof
Meats by Stück
Meats by Thonne

Fish by Stof
Fish by Stück
Fish by Pfund

Spices and Sugar

Nuts and Seeds

Koenigsberg Food Resource
*The Königsberg Foodstuffs Database is the work of Molly Taylor-Poleskey and Jason Heppler while part of Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis from 2014-2016. Sage Shuster revived the database with funds from Middle Tennessee State University’s Public History Program in 2021. Taylor-Poleskey collected and translated the data from the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz (GStA PK) Ostpreussische Folianten 13091-13122 with a 2011-2012 Graduate Research Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).