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(#143) Alex: Gearing up
The prop Alex is holding in panel 4 was a fun little find. When we bought our house a few months ago, we discovered odds and ends from previous owners, as you do. This stirrer was in a tiny garage cabinet by the kitchen door that contained seeds, bulbs, and a plastic Ronald McDonald cup filled with old souvenir cocktail stirrers, mostly from planes.
This stirrer looks like a pitchfork, but it's really a trident. The stem says, "Nordeutscher Lloyd Bremen," which appears to be a 1960s passenger ship. The top says, "Neptun," which I'm guessing was the name of the lounge or something.
The moment I found this prop, I pictured Jane holding it and looking very menacing. Since I havenít worked that image into a plot yet, you get to see Alex with it first.
As always, Alec's naivety is cute to follow.
The Norddeutscher Lloyd (or NDL, meaning "North German Lloyd" was a ship owning company founded in 1857 in Bremen. They merged in 1970 with another company (now Hapag-Lloyd). I would suppose Neptun was the name of a ship, but I couldn't find it in fleet lists of NDL-owned ships.
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