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Welcome to the Online Museum of German Wall Figures!

These Fairy Tale Wood Pictures or Wall Figures 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 Online-Museum I want to create something beautiful. So, if you love vintage art, take a close look and enjoy, maybe remember, too!

Don’t forget to take a close look at the menu on top: There you will find about 1000 different wood pictures! On this home page you will find much additional knowledge about Fairy Tale Wood Pictures.

M i s s i o n S t a t e m e n t: “The era of German Wall Figures (1930s to 1970s) has almost been forgotten, even in Germany, where 99% of the Fairy Tale Wood Pictures were produced. I am working on preserving the beauty of this era on the World Wide Web.

Christiane Dietz

Mertens 1930s

Here you'lll find Mertens-Kunst products from the 1930s.
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Original Bergischer Engel

The manufacturer Original Bergischer Engel produced from the 1940s to 1960s.
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Ore Mountains & GDR

Here you'll find among others Edelholz Freiberg, WEHA, Paul May and Kurt Suess.
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Birthday 1954: Mannheim Kindergarten St.Alfonshaus

Hobby Fretwork Craft after the Hellerkunst original which was designed 20 years earlier.
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1930s Hartmanns Laubsaege-Vorlagen: People from the Street

Hand-painted on 6mm-plywood with varnish. (Hartmanns Laubsäge-Vorlagen 61.)
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1930s Hartmanns Laubsäge-Vorlagen: People from the Street

Hand-painted on 6mm-plywood with varnish. Hartmann invented lots of fretwork designs. And very creative, too. Some of them are rather...
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5 Decades of History: Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf

Top left: 1930s unknown producer, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Top left: Late 1940s Mertens-Kunst, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Bottom left: Early 1970er...
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5 Decades of History: Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf

Top left: 1930s Hellerkunst, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Top right: Early 1940s unknown producer, hand-painted on plywood. Bottom left: 1960s Graupner...
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1940s Vobach: Collection with Carving

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. Sometimes the lines of a figure were painted black, but here they were carved. Very...
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Hobby Fretwork: This is how they did it

In this art box it says: "Junger Bastler - Alter Meister" = Young craft child - Old Master." That was...
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1940s Arnheim Collection (Netherlands): Christening Gifts of a Soldier Father

These wood pictures belong to the Arnheim Collection a German soldier sent to his children back home in 1942. They...
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5 different German currencies in the 20th century: Which currency is meant on the back?

Knowing the currency of vintage pricing in the USA is easy, because the USA has always had the dollar. Germany...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Dwarfs as Flower Vase

These beautiful pictures were made by Andrea from Swabia, which is a beautiful region of south Germany. She created this...
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1930s Pavillon: Collection of 7 Wood Pictures

Look at the moon figure in the middle, it’s Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon. Then enter „Ilse Schneider Moon“...
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber: The Post War Story of Hedi Duell (1904 to 1982) ❒

Just after the Second World War Hedi Duell had to earn money to support her two little sons Willi and...
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Original Bergischer Engel: The Search via Newspaper Article

How do you find information about a manufactory that produced their last Fairy Tale Wood Picture more than 50 years...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Starting her Business with 17

This is Johanna Witkop around the time she founded "Original Bergischer Engel". She had been only 17 back then. In...
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Original Bergischer Engel: “I Never Drew Those Big Heads!”

That's what Mrs. Gruner-Witkop said in 2018. She drew the left princess. The right princess with "big head" was most...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Nuremberg Toy Fair 1966

Which is the most famous Toy Fair in Germany? Most likely it’s the Nuremberg Toy Fair, taking place once a...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Looking Back with 90

I am really lucky that Mrs Gruner-Witkop's father used to keep a thick ring binder with lots of information about...
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Original Bergischer Engel: The Workshop

All the 1950s products of Original Bergischer Engel were hand-painted. First it were little angels, later on wall figures and...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Frankfurt Toy Fair 1948

It was the first Toy Fair in Frankfurt right after the Second World War. This picture is such a treasure:...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Products and Price List of 1959

The beautiful thing about this list is this: We get to know the christening names of their Fairy Tale Wood...
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1930s Vobach: Fretwork Templates as Ironing Sheets

These Vorbach templates were rather pupular back then.
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German Wall Figures Tour: The Dresden Folk Art Museum

My Dresden friend Brigitte had arranged an appointment in the Dresden Folkart Museum, its proper name being: „Museum für Saechsische...
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Visiting Dresden + Ore Mountains ✧ Are they still producing Wood Pictures?

I was lucky to have made a wonderful new friend in 2017. Brigitte is very interested in art (talented, too!)...
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Dresden Folk Art Museum: Which of these are Hellerkunst?

Most of these wall figures are Hellerkunst, 4 are by other producers. Sorry about the missing translation, but this is...
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Hellerkunst Testing Plastic Wall Figures

One of the plastic figures by Hellerkunst. It was a 1960s trial at changing the material. Hellerkunst AP/12 Lautenspieler Lute...
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1930s Swineherd: Helpful Pencil Lines!

There is much paint wear so we can see the pencil lines. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1970s Hansel and Gretel: Original Bergischer Engel or Mertens-Kunst?

This wall figure was actually produced by Mertens-Kunst. At the end of the 1960s Original Bergischer Engel had been sold...
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1950s Graupner: “Little Cronicle of Graubele Fretwork Templates”

The most interesting part in this Graubele-Cronicle is this: Johannes Graupner started working in the fretwork template business in 1930....
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Lucky Find: GDR and Ore Mountain Collection with Dates

I love this collection, it helped me date GDR wood pictures more accurately. Before it I would have dated this...
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1950s EDELHOLZ FREIBERG (GDR) ☆ Advertising for Margarethe Edel

In 1952 this producer of fairy tale wood pictures still owned her own company. Later it was added to the...
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1940s RAVI-Kunst: Lisa Viertel and Erna Rath in their Studio

The name RA-VI comes from the surnames of the founder ladies: Erna Rath and Lisa Viertel. Lisa Viertel (left) was...
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Original & Copy: Pregnant Snow White

The left one is the original by Mertens-Kunst. The other one (Edelholz Freiberg) was produced in the Ore Mountains, during...
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RAVI-Kunst: Lisa Viertel, Hamburg Office Buiding in Hopfensack 6

The name RA-VI comes from the surnames of the founder ladies: Erna Rath and Lisa Viertel. Lisa Viertel was the...
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Ilse Schneider: Many designs were created by her!

Ilse Schneider wrote and illustrated books about dwarfs and fairies. Many of her motives gave inspiration for wood hangings. This...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Self Portrait of Magda Heller as a Doctor

In this design around 1950 Magda Hella has given the woman doctor her own face features.
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Unusual Mertens-Kunst: 1960s Colorful Irisette Advertising Dwarfs

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. "Auch die Heinzelmännchen schlafen in Irisette" is printed on the back. It means, that the gnomes...
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1960s + 1970s Collection ✧ Kurt Suess VEB Meißen Dresden (GDR)

Look at the slim figures of the goose maids, the Golden Daughter (Mother Holle) and the Frog King: The are...
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The Most TOUCHING Dedication of them all !

"For my little Reiner over his bed from your granny." [sic] That's the translation, and yes, there really are these...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Beautiful Snow White Display by Elisabeth (USA)

A typical question about wall figures is: "What do you do with them?" Well, it’s in the name, you just...
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1940s Fairy in New Millennium

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. It is most likely a copy of the original Hellerkunst Fairy on a Leaf. Only...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst in New Millennium

The fine face features, the hair style, the yellow bodice with the wide dot dress - this is one of...
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1940s RAVI-Kunst: Picture Frame with Ravi Jumping Jacks

All the jumping jacks by RAVI-Kunst had great quality! Each was hand-painted and had solid metal joints. I have not...
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▶︎These Menu Points lead you to 1000 German Wall Figures

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
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HOBBY

Hobby-Art / at home craft applies to the thousands of boys and girls and sometimes their parents, too, who produced...
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▶︎German Wall Figures in the 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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ABOUT GRAUPNER ☆

Johannes Graupner was the creative mind behind "Graupner", also known as "Graubele". At the beginning, he had worked for "Cannstatter...
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Ebay Shop & Book

My Ebay Shop is called maerchenholzbilder. That’s the German word for Fairy Tale Wood Pictures. You’ll see all 700 listings...
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Heller A)

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

The founder of Mertens-Kunst was Alfred Mertens, born in 1898. Later, Alfred Mertens' son led the manufactury and his sister...
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NEW

Here you find all pictures of this website (more than 1000). The newest ones always appear on top!
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RAVI-Kunst: (1941-1967)

RAVI-Kunst was a 1940ies to 1960ies manufacturer of German Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of Germany. The...
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