11. Hobby: Graupner

Hobby-Art / at home craft applies to the thousands of boys and girls and sometimes their parents, too, who produced their Wall Figures using templates. Especially in the 1950ies to the 1970ies were very successful for Graubele / Graupner, the main producer of fretwork templates. Graubele and Graupner are the same producers, they just changed their name around 1960. Another very successful producer was Pebaro.

1930s Graubele Graupner: Flute Girl with Teddy and Dolly / Hand-Painted 12 cm

Hobby fretwork craft using a template. Details: Great Work Braid Cute Endearing Frame Work Song Book Apron Doll Bear (German...
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1930s Graubele Graupner: Traditional Dress Couple with Apple Girl / Hand-Painted 15cm

Hobby fretwork craft using a template. Details: Bollenhat Child Man Woman Apple Dog (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture...
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1970s Graupner: Large Styrofoam Fretwork Figures / 34 cm Height

These templates are much bigger than the Graupner fretwork templates made of plywood. There are 5 figures in this box,...
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Graupner Graubele: 1940s Shoemaker Boy with Cigarette / Hand-Painted 25 cm

Details: Cool Cap Chilling Rarity (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Old)
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Graupner Graubele: 1940s Spade Boy with Beer Bottle / Hand-Painted

Details: Hobby craft using a template. Details: Gardener Garden Work Alcohol Sleeve Shirt Rare (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood...
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Graupner Graubele: 1950s Punkelchens Adventures Fretwork / 21 cm

Details: Hans Deiniger Illustration Dwarf Gnome Dick Laan Herold Vintage Children's Book (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Graupner Graubele: 1950s Hansel and Gretel with Cage / Hobby Craft

Hobby fretwork craft using a template. Details: Evil Witch Bone Cat Keys Eerie Brothers Grimm (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale...
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Graupner Graubele: 1950s The Wolf and the 7 Young Kids with Thread Spool 17 cm

Hobby craft fretwork craft using a template. Details: Scissors Brothers Grimm Bib (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Graupner: 1950s The Wolf and the 7 Young Kids with Back Basket / 20 cm Height

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Details: Graupner Graubele 5380 Brothers Grimm Goats (German Wall Figure Fairy...
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Graupner Graubele: 1940s Crying Widow Bolte / Hand-Painted

Hand-painted on plywood using a template. A very rare figure, great work! Details: Wilhelm Busch Max and Moritz Chicken Headscarf...
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Graupner: 1970s Big Bad Wolf with Li’l Bad Wolf / 18 x 20 cm / Hand-Painted

Hobby craft fretwork craft using a template. Details: Wald Disney Graubele Great Work Zeke Wolf (German Wall Figure Wood Picture...
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Graupner: 1950s Cinderella with Tree and Grave

This fretwork craft was made after a template by Graubele = Graupner. In the original text by the Brothers Grimm...
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Graupner Graubele: 1940s Seven Miles with Overknees Boots / Hand-Painted

The wood craft template for this 1940s wall figur came from the time where Graupner called itself Graubele. It's the...
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Graupner Graubele: 1940s Little Muck / Hand-Painted

Hobby craft fretwork craft using a Graupner template. This is a great hobby work! (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood...
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Graupner Graubele: 1940s “Stawberry Party”

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 18cm. One of my Graupner favorites. The name Graupner gave this...
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Graupner Graubele: 1950s Banjo Dwarf / Hand-Painted

Hobby fretwork craft using a template. (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Old)
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1940s Graupner: Dwarf Painting Fly Agaric Mushroom

Producer: Graubele = Graupner. Height: 14 cm. Hobby fretwork craft using a Graupner template, hand-painted on plywood. (Toadstool)
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1960s Graupner: Bambi’s Tumper with Friends

Hobby fretwork craft using a Graupner template, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Height: 19cm. (Walt Disney)
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1950s Graupner: Mother Holle with Snowman

Hobby fretwork craft using a Graupner template, hand-painted on 4mm-plywood. Height: 24cm.
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1940s Graubele: Mother Holle with Snow Village

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 27 cm height. A very popular motive at its time. (Graubele Graupner...
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1940s Graupnert: Beautiful Clothes Line Girl

Producer: Graubele=Graupner. Height: 19 cm. Hand-painted on plywood, worked with a template. An endearing wood picture, which tells us a...
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1940s Graubele: Hansel, Gretel and Witch as Framework

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. (Graupner)
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1930s Cannstatter: Winking Wine Stopper Man

Hobby craft using a fretwork template. The first Graupner templates were called "Cannstatter Laubsaege-Arbeiten". Later they changed the name to...
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1930s Graupner: Holy Mary with Knee Long Hair

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. 30 cm height. She's so beautiful. Look at the knee long hair...
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1940s Graupner: Christmas Roses Snow White

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. The most wonderful hobby craft I have ever seen, worked after the...
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1960s Graupner: Hansel and Gretel with Witch House

Hobby fretwork craft using a hobby template, hand-painted on 4mm-plywood. A great hobby fretwork art, look at all the details!
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Graupner Graubele: 1950es Felicitas Kuhn Christmas Angel / 12 cm / Handgemalt

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Felicitas Kuhn created a couple of template designs for Graupner. This...
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1950s Graupner: Squirrel Dwarf with Apple Basket

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Look at all the details! This is an unusual piece of...
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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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1930s Graupner: 7 Ravens in Round Frame

Google the story and read it. Then look at this wall figure and recognize them: The chair, the Glass Mountain,...
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1930s Graupner: Art Deco Frog King in Round Frame

Hobby craft using a fretwork template. It is a beautiful work, look at the details of the well and the...
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1930s Graupner: Thanksgiving Couple with Biting Goose

Hobby craft using a fretwork template. (Graupner / Graubele 5085)
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1930s Graupner: Viking Blacksmith with Sword

Hobby craft using a fretwork template. (Graubele / Graupner 5037)
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1930s Graupner: Apple Pair in Round Frame

A black frame, that is unusual. Graupner templates came with a color scheme, but I have not seen it for...
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Unknown (Cannstadter?): 1920s Forest Children with Doe

This is a template for a key holder. It might be Cannstatter or even earlier, Graupner bought Cannstatter fretwork later...
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1930s Graupner: Round Frame Dwarf with Mushroom Friend

Hobby craft using a fretwork template. You'll find another smiling Toadstool made by Ravi-Kunst. (Graupner Graubele Catalog 5073)
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1930s Graupner: Two Parts Christmas Tree

A very early fretwork template by Graubele, later called Graupner. There were two fretwork pieces that had to be put...
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1940s Graupner: Dove Circle Cinderella on Heart Base

Hobby craft on plywood using a Graupner template. It's an attractive motive with the surrounding doves. That's what made it...
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1940s Graupner: Cinderella with Grave and Tree

The grave of Cinderella's mother is important to the fairy tale, but you hardly find it on wall figures. Another...
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1940s Graupner: Hansel, Gretel and Witch on Fretwork Base

This witch is wearing glasses and the base has been worked on twice: Outside and inside! (Graubele)
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1940s Graubele: Cookie Dough Eating Baker Boy

Graupner / Graubele. A great hobby craft on 4mm-qualtiy plywood, 24cm height. (Fretwork)
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1940s Graupner: Flute Children as Calendar Holder

This calendar holder is VERY vintage! And you also have the old German Suetterin script in the producer's name! (Graubele)
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1940s Graupner: Pied Piper of Hamelin in Thorn Frame

He reminds me of the elegance of the early Hellerkunst Rat Catchers. The thorn frame does not really explain itself:...
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1940s Graupner: Little Red Riding Hood in Fretwork Frame

A hobby craft piece of work, very well done, hand-painted on wood. Many of the first fairy tale wood pictures...
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1940s Graupner: Little Red Riding Hood with Braids and Wolf

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Great work, too. (Graubele Graupner 5004).
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1940s Graupner: Punch Bowl Snow White with Dwarfs

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. These paper scraps used to be the color suggestion by the producer....
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1940s Graupner: Slim Brave Little Tailor

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. (Graubele / Graupner 5001).
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1940s Graupner: Gold Ass with Laughing Tailor’s Son

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. The fairy tale "The Wishing Table" talks about the fulfillment of three...
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1940s Graupner: The Cudgel in the Sack

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 19cm. This Brothers Grimm fairy tale is called „The Wishing-Table“ (KHM 36)...
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1940s Graupner: The 7 Swabians (Don’t fear the Rabbit)

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Don't fear the rabbit: That's the message of this fairy tale...
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1940s German Wall Figure: Walking Toadstool with Dwarf Friend

It might be a template work by Graupner, but I haven't got proof so far. (Fly Agaric Mushroom / Toadstool)
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1940s Graupner: Happy Dwarf with Flute and Cep

Look at that cep: It really reminds you of the real one! I’m talking a mushroom your parents back then...
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1940s Graupner: Fun Dwarf on Fly Agaric Mushroom

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Again one of the Graupner-series I call "funny dwarfs". There is...
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1940s Graupner: Lantern Dwarf in Pink Flower Tunic

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. First mentioned 1940, dated on the back of a wall figures...
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1950s Graupner: Cinderella at the Shoe Trial

The average Cinderella wall figure shows her with a dove, but here we’ve got a whole different scene, the famous...
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1950s Graupner: Little Brother and Little Sister with Neckband

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. This is the scene of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale where...
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1950s Graupner: Little Brother and Little Sister with Chawl Collar

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. You find this version rather often, with many variation of the...
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1950s Graupner: Frog King Princess in Wide Dress

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. The frog looks as if he's wearing ear muffs or headphones,...
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1950s Graupner: Knitting Goose Girl

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. Who would have guessed that old-fashioned knitting would be all...
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1950 Graupner: Hansel, Gretel and Witch with Tears

A rather creepy evil witch, especially because she's touching the boy. And look at the cat, it doesn't look friendly,...
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1950s Graupner: Hanschen-Klein Lullaby with Text Line

A great hobby work, look at all the details! Haenschen Klein is a German Kindergarten Song. (Graupner Graubele Catalog 5238).
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1950s Graupner: German Soccer Boy “Schuss – Tor!”

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. (Graupner Graubele Catalog 5235).
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1950s Graupner: Winter Girl and Summer Boy with Thermometer

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. A great piece of hobby art. There was a craft template...
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1950er Graupner: Fishing Boy with Tree and Lake

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and masterly done. It seems incredible what a difference 70 years make - most children...
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1950s Graupner: Rumpelstiltskin with Haughty Miller’s Daughter

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. I know the Miller's daughter is supposed to be desperate, but...
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1950s Graupner: Bremen Town Musicians with Robbers

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. (Graupner Graubele Catalog 5324).
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1950s Graupner: Snow White with Punch Bowl

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. This is so beautiful! Babyboomers will remember the punch bowl period!...
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1950s Graupner: Friendly Snow White with All the Dwarfs

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. A very friendly wall figure with cute dwarfs and a happy...
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1950s German Wall Figure: Hoerzu-Mecki’s Micki with Dirndl and Necklace

Hand-painted on plywood, 27cm. Micki is the wife of Mecki, the vintage mascot of German TV Magazine Hoerzu.
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1950s Graupner: Baron Munchhausen Flying with Geese

Hand-painted on 0,4mm-plywood. I like the selected color shades.
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1950s Graupner: The Wishing Table with Curious Bunny

I like this cool bunny, 18cm. This is one of the fairy tale wood pictures where you can find lots...
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1950s Graupner: The Wolf and the 7 Young Kids with Grandfather Clock

A nice hobby craft version in subdued colors. The famous scene is depicted where Mother Goose finds her youngest kid...
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1950s Graupner: The Wolf and the 7 Young Kids with Rake

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. (Graubele)
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1950s Graupner: Donald Duck with Nephews and Bunk Bed

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Look at the back! This wall figure is so endearing!! (Graubele)
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1950s Graupner: Max and Moritz as Calendar Holder

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Those craft calenders were very popular in the middle of the...
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1950s Graupner: Max and Moritz Collecting May Beetles

Look at the details: Wonderful! The shadows on the clothes, on the meadow, even on the on the paper bags....
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1950s Graupner: Toadstool Dwarf with Bread Bag

Hobby craft using a Graupner template. (Fly Agaric Mushroom)
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1950s Graupner: Moon Dwarf on Fly Agaric Mushroom

Hobby craft using a fretwork template, 18cm. Here we got it all: Red toadstool, dwarf, ladybug, raven, moon with a...
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1950s Graupner: Dwarf Chef Serving Toadstool Dish

An unusual motive that I've only seen by Graupner so far. (Graubele / Graupner 5289)
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1950s Graupner: Dwarf Purzel with Winter Candle

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. Here are 4 different motive: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1950s Graupner: Dove Circle Cinderella with Open Hair ❒

In the fifties and sixties is was a ritual in many families to have the mother read a fairy tale...
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1960s Graupner: Red Base Sleeping Beauty with Prince

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. More often than not Sleeping Beauty is sleeping alone on fairy...
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1960s Graupner: Singing Angels as Candle Holder

Those tiny angels were very popular in Germany back then. Printed wood template on 3mm-plywood. Fretwork template.
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1960s German Wall Figure: Wide Mother Holle with Snow Kids

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 22cm.
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1960s Graupner: Bitten Goose Girl on Wide Base

A hobby craft work from an experienced 1960s child, 20cm. (Graubele Graupner Gänseliesel 5202)
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1960s Graupner: Hansel and Gretel with Grisly Bonnet Witch

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Again a creepy witch, maybe the creepiest of them all. (Graupner...
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1960s Graupner: Night Watch Child with Village

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 17cm. German Babyboomer children might have a homely feeling with this...
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1960s Graupner: Happily Waving Little Red Riding Hood

This is a happy Little Red Riding Hood of the second decade after the war. With the 50s the „economic...
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1960s Graupner: Rumpelstiltskin with Head Scarf Miller’s Daughter

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. There are only a few Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale wood pictures where...
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1960s Graupner: Snow White in Dwarf Row

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Here you see the original fretwork template and one result, a...
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1960s Graupner: Snow White with Apple Witch

Hand-painted on wood, a hobby craft work. This scene of the fairy tale is quite rare among Wooden Wall Pictures....
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1960s Graupner: White Star Money Girl with Pine Trees

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. (Graupner Graubele 5436)
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1960s Graupner: Snow-White and Rose-Red with Treestump (Date 1963)

Snow White and Rose Red is a beautiful Brothers Grimm fairy tale that is hardly found on wall figures. This...
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1960s Graupner: The Wolf and the 7 Young Kids with Scissors

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood.
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1960s Graupner: Max and Moritz with Fried Chicken

The widow's name is Witwe Bolte. When you read her story as an adult, it's really sad. "Boyish pranks" are...
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1960s Graupner: Max and Moritz Damaging the Bridge

(3rd Trick = The Tailor Boeck) (Graupner Graubele Katalog 5365)
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1960s German Fretwork: Max and Moritz Tampering with the Pipe

(4th Trick = The Teacher Laempel) (Graupner Graubele Katalog 5295)
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1960s Graupner: Max and Moritz getting Baked

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. (6th Trick = The Baker) (Graupner Graubele Catalog 5335)
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1960s Graupner: Max and Moritz Dying

(7th = Final Trick The Farmer) (Graupner Graubele Katalog 5336)
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1960s Graupner: Max and Moritz Shaking the May Beetle Tree

(5th Trick = The Uncle Fritz) The practical joke stories by Wilhelm Busch. (Graupner Graubele Catalog 5273)
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1960s Graupner: Orange Lantern Dwarf with Hedgehog

A rather accomplished hobby work with quality colors and varnish. I like the friendly red-green color scheme.
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1960s Graupner: Dwarf Purzel with Toadstool

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. Here are 4 different motives: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1960s Graupner: Dwarf Purzel with Grapes

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood, 18cm. Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then....
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1960s Graupner: Small Hans in Luck

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Height: 19cm.
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1960s Graupner: Kitten Siblings with Ball

Hobby craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. This is a really sweet Graupner template, you cannot get much cuter....
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1940s Graupner Graubele: The Wishing Table with Flying Sausages / 16 cm

Details: Brothers Grimm White Table Cloth Cake Wine (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage...
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1970s Graupner: Hansel and Gretel with Pril-Flowers (Felicitas Kuhn)

This wooden wall figure seems to scream: „1970s!!!!“ It is a beautiful work, especially for a hobby craft item! The...
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1970s Graupner: Cheeky Donkey Mufti (Mascot) / 17 cm

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. This wall figure always makes me smile, it’s so cheeky. A...
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1970s Graupner: Huey, Dewey and Louie with Frog

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Height: 11cm. Look at the cool happy frog! (Key Holder) (Graubele)
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1970s Graupner: Squirrel Dwarf with Back Basket

Hobby fretwork craft using a template, hand-painted on plywood. Height: 12cm. The template's name is: "Eine harte Nuss." (Graupner Graubele...
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Graupner (?): 1970s Kneeling Star Money Girl with Coins / 19 cm / Hand-Painted

The coins with the number 1 on it are unusual. Details: Forest Pinetree Pine Trees Long Haar Green Yellow Cute...
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