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Welcome to the Online Museum of German Wall Figures!

These Vintage German Wall Figures or Fairy Tale Wood Plaques are a cornucopia of beauty and of history.
They are all made of wood. They are all from the 20th century. Many are hand-painted.
With this website I want to create something beautiful.
So, if you love vintage art, take a close look and enjoy, maybe remember, too.

đź‘‘ MISSION STATEMENT: The era of German Wall Figures (1930s to 1970s) has almost been forgotten, even in Germany, where 99% of the Fairy Tale Wood Plaques were produced. I am working on preserving the beauty of this era on the World Wide Web.
Christiane Dietz

“Ski Rabbit” Christel 1946

"Christel das kleine Skihaserl" = "Little Ski Rabbit Christel" - You can actually feel the paint layers and the unusually...
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1930s HELLERKUNST

Check "HELLER" in the menu: You will find more like this!
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Fretwork templates for ironing

Theses booklet has 9 templates for fairy tale fretwork art. They could be ironed onto the ply wood. In this...
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Many styles were inspired by Ilse Schneider

Ilse Schneider wrote and illustrated books about dwarfs and fairies. Many of her motives gave inspiration to wall figures motives....
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THE VERY LAST MERTENS-KUNST LOGO

Mertens-Kunst fans know the 1960ies Mertens-Kunst logo showing a cradle with a canopy and a cross on top. In the...
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1930ies Paper Scrap: Sleeping Fairy Tickling Fly Agaric Dwarf

Dwarfs and fairies were not only popular as Wooden Wall Figures but also as papier scrap motives.
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MY BELOVED NO-BRAINER: HOW TO GET THEM ON THE WALL WITH STYLE

... OR THE WARDROBE. OR THE DOOR. OR ...: ORIGINAL 1970ies GERMAN CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP, PADDED MIRROR MOUNT TAPE AND...
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❤️ The most touching DEDICATION of them all!

You find the translation below, and yes, there really are these endearing grammar mistakes which I put into the translation...
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FAIRY TALE WOOD PLAQUES IN A GERMAN TOY BROCHURE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1959

AS MRS.GRUNER-WITKOP HAD TOLD ME, THE ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL JUMPING JACKS (ON THE LEFT SIDE, MARKED WITH A RED PENCIL...
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ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL ~1950: FROG KING – HIGH COLLAR FROG PRINCESS

I HAD THE CHANCE TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE FAIRY TALE WOOD PLAQUES IN MRS. GRUNER-WITKOPS ARCHIVE. THIS IS ONE...
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ORGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL – TOY FAIR NUREMBERG 1966

THIS IS ONE OF MANY TOY FAIRS WHERE MRS. GRUNER-WITKOP SHOWED THE LATEST PRODUCTS OF HER MANUFACURY "ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL."...
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HELLERKUNST ~1935: MAGDA HELLER AT WORK

PICTURE: COURTESY TO KLAUS HELLER, SON OF MAGDA HELLER.
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ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL ~1950: MRS. GRUNER-WITKOP’S BEAUTIFUL SAILOR

(WILL BE TRANSLATED LATER) Dieses ist ein ganz besonders schönes Motiv, das Frau Gruner Witkop um 1950 herum entworfen hat....
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(Deutsch) WAS IST MIT DIESER RĂśCKSEITE LOS?

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
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(Deutsch) Zeitungsartikel über Märchen-Holzbilder

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
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Background-Knowledge: Does Mertens-Kunst still exist?

No, they don't. Mertens-Kunst is one of the many Fairy Tale Wood Plaque manufacturers that didn't make in into die...
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Background-Knowledge: GERMAN CURRENCIES ON THE BACKSIDES

Knowing the currency of vintage pricing in the USA is easy, because the USA has always had the dollar. Germany...
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Background-Knowledge: The last Mertens fairy tales:

Mertens-Kunst didn't make it into the new century. You recognize the last wood plaques by the missing base and the...
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Background-Knowledge: About the manufacturer Original Bergischer Engel

These Vintage German Wooden Fairy Tale Wall Plaques have two different lables on the back: Either "Original Bergischer Engel" or "Bergischer Engel." They date...
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Background-Knowledge: The Most Elegant Pied Piper

For one thing, it's his elegance. Balancing on one leg, doing everything else he does. Then again, haptics: If you...
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Background-Knowledge: 60$ for THAT? On Cleaning Fairy Tale Wood Plaques

I once seeked advice on cleaning fairy tale wood plaques. Restauration expert Birgit Linnhoff has worked for years on preserving...
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Background-Knowledge: Manufacturer MĂĽnchner-Kunst:

The name "MĂĽnchner-Kunst" is hardly known. This is mainly due to the fact that they didn't write their name on...
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DOTTED UMBRELLA TOADSTOOL DWARF – Fairy Tale Wood Plaque by Original Bergischer Engel

This fairy tale wood plaque belonged to a pediatrician’s waiting room. Her stamps are on the back.
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Background-Knowledge: Mertens Kindergarten Songs:

There are many Mertens-Kunst Wood Plaques depicting German kindergarten songs. These are showing themes from the songs "Ein Männlein steht...
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HELLERKUNST: THE HELLER FAMILY IN THE 1930ies

ON THE RIGHT YOU SEE MAGDA HELLER WITH HER CHILDREN. SHE IS HOLDING THE WALL FIGURE "FRĂśHLING" = "SPRING" IN...
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AND THIS IS HOW VINTAGE HOBBY-ART WAS DONE

IN THE ART BOX IT SAYS "JUNGER BASTLER - ALTER MEISTER" = "YOUNG CRAFT CHILD - OLD MASTER". THAT WAS...
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HELLERKUNST

Hellerkunst was founded in 1927 by Magda and Georg Heller. They became famous for their lovely Wooden Fairy Tale Wall...
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OTHERS

Here you find brands like Eifelkunst or Bergischer Engel. The never became as popular as Mertens Kunst or Hellerkunst but...
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RAVI-KUNST

Ravi-Kunst was a 1950ies to 1960ies manufacturer of Wooden Fairy Tale Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of...
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“PRODUCER” GDR

The German Democratic Republic existed from 1949-1990. It was also called East Germany at that time. They produced a lot...
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HOBBY-ART

Hobby-Art applies to the thousands of boys and girls and sometimes their partents, too, who produced their fairy tale wood...
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WORTH / “MUSEUM SHOP”

The two most frequently asked questions are: 1. How much are fairy tale wood plaques worth? 2. Can I buy...
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GALLERY

Here you will find the complete photo gallery!
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GALLERY of Mertens-Kunst

The style of the first Fairytale Wall Figures by Alfred Mertens was similar to Hellerkunst. Through the decades however Mertens...
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