Tulip-mania

20 05 2014

Have you read about Tulip-mania? An economic crazy-time in the early 1600s in Holland where prices of tulip bulbs reached ridiculous prices.

The most significant price was paid, so the story goes, for a single bulb of Semper Augustus – it was the equivalent of what it would cost to feed and clothe an entire family for their whole lifetime (10000 gilders).

This is a painting of the kind of pretty flower itself …

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click on image for original source

There’s no moral to this story … other than I often think about it when wondering if we’re all deluded about the value of some things …


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