GRAUPNER+HOBBY

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.

HERE YOU WILL FIND AMONG OTHERS: Graupner/Graubele, Pebaro, Dullien, Hobby and Vobach.

1950s Hobby Craft ✧ Little Brother and Little Sister with Flying Skirts (2)

This is a great copy of the Mertens-Kunst original. The original has blue and red skirts, this is all red....
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1950s Graupner Graubele ✧ Little Night Watch Boy with Owl (5)

German Babyboomer children might have a homely feeling with this figure. We have a tradition of walking in the dark...
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1950s Unknown Producer ✧ Mecki with a Cold and a Bottle of Rum (Hedgehog Mascot of TV Magazine Hoerzu) (5)

I don't know anything about the producer of this Mecki, too bad, because it is fantastic work! Look at the...
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1930s Graubele Graupner ✧ Two Parts Fretwork Template for a Christmas Tree (8982) (4)

A very early fretwork template by Graubele, later called Graupner. There were two fretwork pieces that had to be put...
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1950s Graupner Graubele ✧ Max and Moritz Collecting May Beetles (5326) (4)

Look at the details: Wonderful! The shadows on the clothes, on the meadow, even on the on the paper bags....
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1940s Graubele Graupner ✧ The Seven Swabians (5065) (4)

Don't fear the rabbit: That is the message of this fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Most things you fear...
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1960s Graupner Graubele ✧ Cheeky Donkey Mufti (TV Magazine Mascot / 5346c) (4)

This wall figure always makes me smile, it’s so cheeky. A fine hobby work. Hand-painted on wood with varnish.
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1940s Graupner Graubele ✧ Couple with Apple Basket in Round Frame (3)

A black frame, that is unusual. Graupner templates came with a color scheme, but I have not seen it for...
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1930s Graubele Graupner ✧ Tender Madonna Mother as Frame Craft Work (9302/1952) (5)

Very rare and proof that there were hobby craft fretwork templates for this motive, too. The grey spotted areas had...
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1930s Graupner Graubele (?) ✧ Viking Blacksmith with Anvil and Sword (5)

A hobby work item, maybe made from a fretwork template by early Graupner, hand-painted on wood.
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1930s Unknown Producer ✧ Little Brother and Sister on very Thin Wood

This wall figure is hand-painted on only one layer of wood, not three as usual. There is a producer stamp...
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1930s Unknown Producer ✧ Little Girl with Giant Pillow (3)

This is a "garage sale" find! I have never it before and I guess it is mom's little helper rather...
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1930s Graupner Graubele (?) ✧ Thanksgiving Dirndl Couple with Biting Goose (3)

I know of a similar dirndl motive in an old Graupner catalogue. This might well be Graupner too. The producer...
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1930s Cannstatter Laubsaege-Arbeit ✧ Winking Wine Bottle Cork Man (Graupner Graubele 5017/1953)

The first Graupner templates were called "Cannstatter Laubsaege-Arbeiten", later they changed the name to "Graubele" and then to the real...
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1940er Graupner Graubele ✧ Dwarf with Fly Agaric Friend in Round Frame

A rare wall figure, and rare is a SMILING fly agaric mushroom, too. You will find another one on Ravi-Kunst...
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1940s Graupner Graubele ✧ Frame Figure Little Red Riding Hood with Forest (5134/1952)

A hobby craft piece of work, very well done, hand-painted on wood. Many of the first fairy tale wall figures...
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1940er Graupner Graubele * Mother Holle with White Bonnet and Snow Village (5040/1952) (4)

A classic by Graupner, this version was very popular back then. I like the color shades on this very item....
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1940s Graubele Graupner ✧ Rain Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushroom Umbrella

Many of the first wall figures had a frame, like this one. The rain drops were painted dark blue, which...
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1940s Graupner Graubele ✧ Blue Frog Princess with Wide Sleeves (5003/1953) (3)

First, Mr.Graupner called his brand "Graubele", later he changed it to his real name, Graupner.
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1940s Unknown Producer ✧ Little Boy in Red Tunic with Lantern

This seems to be a hobby craft, but I don't know the producer of the template. It is hand-painted on...
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1940s Unknown Producer ✧ Snail Dwarfs as Calendar Holder („Christmas 1941“)

There is a text on the back which translates to: „Merry Christmas 1941". A funny gift for a war time...
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1940s Graubele Graupner ✧ Smoking Shoemaker’s Boy with Slide Cap (5032/1953)

This backside was once planned as the front side. The printed grey dots were supposed to be cut out. The...
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1940s Graupner Graubele * Lantern Dwarf in Flower Tunic (5087 in Catalog 1953 “Froehliches Heimleuchten”)

First mentioned 1940, dated on the back of a wall figures with this motive. It is a hobby work, hand-painted...
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1930s Graupner Graubele ✧ Frog King with Well and Princess in Round Frame (5127/1953)

This design is still influenced by the Art Deco style. It is a beautiful work, look at the details of...
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1940s Graupner Graubele ✧ Little Red Riding Hood with Braids and Sneaky Wolf (5004 in Catalog 1956)

Check out the shadows on the wolf's back! You will see this version quite often. This is a particularly well...
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1940s Hansel and Gretel Riding on the Swan

In the first 1812 version of the Brothers Grimm it is a duck carrying the siblings over the lake, one...
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1950er Graupner Graubele ✧ Cinderella among the Doves (5368 in Catalog 1961 “Aschenputtel”)

In the 1960s is was a ritual in many families to have the mother read a fairy tale at bedtime....
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1950s Graupner Graubele ✧ Kneeling Frog King Princess in Wide Dress (5337 New in Catalog 1959)

The frog looks as if he's wearing ear muffs or headphones, so this wall figure always makes me smile. It...
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1950s Unknown Producer ✧ Mecki in China (Hedgehog Mascot of German TV Magazine Hör-Zu)

I know of two large ethnical Mecki wall figures, obviusly without political correcness, this is one of them. Hand-painted on...
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1950s Graupner Graubele * Soccer Boy in the Game (5176 in Catalog 1952 “Schuss – Tor!”)

Very rare, especially in this great hobby craft version. A hobby craft item.
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1950s Graupner / Graubele * Hansel and Gretel with Witch and Cage (5299 new in 1957)

I have only known of one wall figure depicting Hansel's cage, and that is this one. A fine hobby craft...
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1950s Graupner Graubele * Winter Girl and Summer Boy with Thermometer (5211 in Catalog 1952)

A great piece of hobby art. There was a craft template box by Graubele which included the thermometer. Which still...
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1950s Unknown Producer ✧ Mecki in Africa (Hedgehog Mascot of German TV Magazine Hör-Zu)

I know of two large ethnical Mecki wall figures, obviusly without political correcness, this is one of them. Hand-painted on...
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1950s Graupner Graubele ✧ Little Fishing Boy at the Lake (5157 in Catalog 1952)

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and a very deft piece of work. It seems incredible what a difference 50 years...
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About Graupner / Graubele (since 1930)

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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1950s Graupner Graubele ✧ Slim Brother and Sister with Shawl Collar (5009 in Catalog 1952)

You don't find this version quite often, with many variation of the colors. I guess the first template didn't come...
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About GRAUPNER = GRAUBELE

Johannes Graupner was the creative mind behind "Graubele", later called "Graupner". At the beginning, he had worked for "Cannstatter Laubsäge-Arbeiten"...
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1960s Pebaro (?) ✧ Happy Cinderella on Wood Bench

A great hobby work. I am not sure whether the template is by Pebaro or Graupner. Hand-painted on wood with...
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1960s Graupner Graubele (?) ✧ Unusual Dot Work with Dwarf, Raven and Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

Hand-painted on wood with many many dots. They are applied so thick, that you can feel them with your fingers,...
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1960s Graupner Graubele * Snow-White and Rose-Red with Date 1963 (5325 in Catalog 1958 “Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot”)

Snow White and Rose Red is a beautiful Brothers Grimm fairy tale that is hardly found on wall figures. This...
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1970s PEBARO Very Colorful Long Braid Cinderella

PEBARO is the abbreviation for "Peter Bausch Ronsdorf". Ronsdorf is a part of the larger city Wuppertal. Pebaro was founded...
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1970s Pebaro ✧ Cute Cinderella with Stove and Kettle

The hobby artist was not great painter, but I like the color scheme and the dotted head scarf. And look...
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1970s Pebaro * Hair Band Star Money Girl on Meadow Base (Fretwork Template)

PEBARO is the abbreviation for "Peter Bausch Ronsdorf". Ronsdorf is a part of the larger city Wuppertal. Pebaro was founded...
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1940s HARTMANN Hans in Luck with Lump of Gold

More often than not Hans in Luck is shown with a goose or a pig. This is one of the...
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1970s PEBARO Standing Cinderella with Long Dark Braid

The template got produced in the 1970s. This hobby work however was done by Brigitte Lange for her son Martin...
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This is how the Hobby-Art was done

In this art box it says: "Junger Bastler - Alter Meister" = Young craft child - Old Master." That was...
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Hartmann Fretwork Templates for Ironing (Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales)

Theses booklet has 9 templates for fairy tale fretwork art. They could be ironed onto the ply wood. In this...
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1940s Snail Dwarfs with Unusual Picture Hanger ✧ Date Christmas 1941

The text says: "Merry Chrismas Wishes 1941" (in the middle of the Second World War) and the name seems to...
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