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.

1930s Unknown Producer ☆ Jesus and Mary with Knee Long Hair and Halo

I have only seen this one item with this very Mary on it. She's so beautiful. It could be a...
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1930s Unknown Producer ☆ Shot Put Dwarf in Tunic Dress

A very unusual motive on unusual wood: 6mm-plywood, twice as thick as usual! The metal triangle on the back was...
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The 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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1940s Hobby Craft by Hedi Duell ☆ Seven Ravens Sister in Turqouise Dress

Check out this beautiful turquoise, combined with gold (crown and belt) and the black of the Ravens: One of the...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Max and Moritz as Calendar Holder

Those craft calenders were very popular in the middle of the last century! Daddy got one, sister got one, granny...
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1950s Graupner ☆ Little Night Watch Boy with Owl

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)

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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1970s Graupner ☆ Cute Hansel and Gretel with Big Heads and Flower Base

This wooden wall figure seems to scream: „1970s!!!!“ It is a beautiful work, especially for a hobby craft item! The...
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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 1950s the „economic...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Max and Moritz Collecting May Beetles (5326)

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 Graupner (Graubele) ✧ The Seven Swabians (5065)

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 ☆ Cheeky Donkey Mufti (TV Magazine “Bild und Funk” Mascot)

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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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Brown Brave Little Tailor with Hands in his Pockets (Fairy Tale Wood Picture)

Look at the back! Almost 80 years ago someone did us a favor and glued the original color template on...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Couple with Apple Basket 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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1930s Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Tender Madonna Mother as Frame Craft Work (9302)

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

A hobby work item, maybe made from a fretwork template by early Graupner, hand-painted on wood.
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1930s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Christmas Tree with Two Parts (Wooden Fretwork Template 8982)

A very early fretwork template by Graubele, later called Graupner. There were two fretwork pieces that had to be put...
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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

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

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 Mertens-Kunst (?) ✧ Little Lantern Fairy in Hoodie Dress

The style and the fine face features all fit early Mertens-Kunst, but the back looks rather like Hobby Craft. I...
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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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1920er Unknown Producer ✧ Four Antique Children with Doe (Wooden Fretwork Template) (559/70)

This is a template for a key holder. It might be Cannstatter or even earlier, Graupner bought Cannstatter fretwork only...
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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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1930s Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Seven Ravens Sister with Chair in Round Frame

Google the story (enter "KHM 25 The Seven Ravens" in the Google search) and read it. Then look at this...
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1940s Vobach ✧ Little Brother and Little Sister with Flower Wreath

I have known two different Vobach works of this sibling couple, and their colors are VERY different, this one being...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Teenager Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf and Forest

Many hobby art items have darkened over the decades. It was after all a hobby and many colors were not...
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1940s Vobach ✧ Rumplestiltskin with Crying Miller’s Daughter (Rumpelstiltskin) (31712)

For a Rumpelstiltskin he seems rather friendly, but look at his right hand: The shadow gesture he’s forming is a...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Frame Figure Little Red Riding Hood with Forest (5134)

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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1940s Unknown Producer ✧ Golden Saint Mary with Baby Jesus and Angels (German Nursery Wood Picture)

This is one of the rare religious motives on Children’s Wood Figures. I love the light and gold details on...
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1940er Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Mother Holle with White Bonnet and Snow Village

A classic by Graupner, this version was very popular back then. I like the color shades on this very item....
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats with Rake

The colors are unusually bright, even after all this time! And the fragile rake is still intact, too! Someone must...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ 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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1940er Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Knitting Goose Maid with Flying Apron (5039)

Sometimes you'll come across a wall figure knitting. This is the most famous example, worked after a Graupner template, it...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Funny Dwarf with Flute and Fat Cep (5091)

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 (Graubele) ✧ Funny Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushroom and Music Sheet (5089)

Again one of the Graupner-series I call "funny dwarfs". There is a differnt one with a Cep. Enter cep in...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Time Table with Running School Children (5207)

A difficult fretwork: You had to saw each letter individually.
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Haensel and Gretel with Witch on Fretwork Art Base (5008)

This witch is wearing glasses and the base has been worked on twice: Outside and inside!
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Flute Chidren as Calendar Holder

This calendar holder is VERY vintage! And you also have the old German Suetterin script in the producer's name!
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Seven Miles Boots with Thigh High Boots (5078)

A very elegant wood picture, he jumps over the village with style, light footed and in those high boots!
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1940s Graupner Graubele ✧ Blue Frog Princess with Wide Sleeves (5003)

First, Mr.Graupner called his brand "Graubele", later he changed it to his real name, Graupner.
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Snow White with Punch Bowl and Dwarf Circle (Fretwork Template 5006)

These paper scraps used to be the color suggestion by the producer. Sometimes, like here, they were glued on the...
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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 Unknown Producer ✧ Oddly Shaped Dwarf with Red Toadstool Desk Set (Calendar Holder)

The Fly Agaric bureau equipment makes you look twice here and also the funnily shaped behind of this dwarf. On...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Smoking Shoemaker’s Boy with Slide Cap (5032)

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) ☆ Pied Piper of Hamelin in Thorn Frame (Rat Catcher / 5022)

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 (Graubele) ✧ Max and Moritz with Text Line (Wooden Fretwork Template 5041)

The letters were the most hard fretwork part here. Max and Moritz (or Maurice) are the famous bad boys by...
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1940s Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Lantern Dwarf in Flower Tunic (5087 “Froehliches Heimleuchten”)

Ein Zwerg im Blumenhemd, das ist selten. Ich kenne es nur von dieser Graupner-Version.
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1940er Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Dwarf with Basket and Giant Strawberry (5086 “Erdbeer-Fest”)

One of my Graupner favorites. I like the huge strawberry so much! And the woven basket is so beautiful, too.
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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) ☆ Snow White with Christmas Roses and Mountains (5123)

The most wonderful hobby craft I have ever seen, worked after the Graupner template. So beautiful, one of my all...
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1940s Graupner Graubele ✧ Little Red Riding Hood with Braids and Sneaky Wolf (5004)

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 Unknown Producer ✧ Hansel and Gretel with a Swan (KHM 15)

In the first 1812 version of the Brothers Grimm it is a duck carrying the siblings over the lake, one...
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1950s Hobby Craft ✧ Little Brother and Little Sister with Flying Skirts (Fairy Tale Wall Figure)

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 ☆ Cinderella with Prince and Shoe Trial (5369)

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 ✧ Cinderella among the Doves (5368) ❒

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 ✧ Kneeling Frog King Princess in Wide Dress (5337 New in 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 Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Very Happy Bremen Town Musicians (Fairy Tale Wood Picture 5002)

I am no artist but an admirer. We need them, too. And I ask myself how did the hobby craft...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Happy Haenschen Klein with Text Line (5238)

A great hobby work, look at all the details! Haenschen Klein is a German Kindergarten Song.
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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) ☆ The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids with Grandfather Clock

A nice craft version in subdued colors. The famous scene is depicted where Mother Goose finds her youngest kid hidden...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Bremen Town Musicians with Running Robbers (5324)

That is rare, the robbers along with our four Bremen animals! A nice hobby work, hand-painted on template.
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1950s Graupner Graubele ☆ Soccer Boy in the Game (5176 “Schuss – Tor!”)

Very rare, especially in this great hobby craft version. With quality colors and varnish.
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Witch and Cage (5299)

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)

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 Pebaro (?) ✧ Puss in Boots with Attached Whiskers

I'm not sure about the producer and I wonder about those glued on whiskers. I have only seen it on...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Dwarf Purzel with Winter Candle (Wooden Fretwork Template 5198)

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. There are 4 different motives: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1950s Graupner Graubele ✧ Little Fishing Boy at the Lake (5157)

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and a very deft piece of work. It seems incredible what a difference 70 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) ✧ The Cudgel in the Sack (5246/The Wishing Table)

The Brothers Grimm fairy tale is called „The Wishing-Table“ (KHM 36) but it’s got two more famous scenes, one being...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Slim Brother and Sister with Shawl Collar (5009)

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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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Hand Shaking Snow White in Yellow Dress (5300)

A very friendly wall figure with cute dwarfs and a happy Snow White.
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About Graupner (=Graubele)

Johannes Graupner was the creative mind behind "Graupner", also known as "Graubele". At the beginning, he had worked for "Cannstatter...
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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 (?) ✧ 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 ✧ Snow-White and Rose-Red with Date 1963 (Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot 5325)

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 ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Witch and Gingerbread House (5367)

The one of the most successful Graupner templates! Very colorful, with one difficulty: The eyes of the witch were a...
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1950s Graupner ✧ Dick Laan’s Puenkelchen on a Cube (5318 “Puenkelchen spielt Flöte”)

Wow, DID I love this book as a child! I borrowed it again and again from the local library in...
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1960s Graupner ✧ Snow White with Fence and Apple Witch (5436e)

This scene of the fairy tale is quite rare among Wooden Wall Pictures. I have only known this figure so...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Dwarf with Squirrel Basket (5370 “Im Herbst”)

I like this basket full of apples. Graupner managed to put this basket with 5+ apples and the dwarf and...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Dwarf Purzel with Lantern and Mushroom (5197)

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. There are 4 different motives: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Dwarf Purzel with Grapes (5196)

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. There are 4 different motives: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Music Dwarf Purzel with Flute (5195)

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. There are 4 different motives: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1950s Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Dwarf Purzel with Winter Candle (5198)

Dwarf Purzel was a very successfull Graupner series back then. There are 4 different motives: 1. Dwarf Purzel with Flute...
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1970s Pebaro ✧ Colorful Checkered Cinderella with Long Braid

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 ✧ Cinderella with Stone 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 ✧ Star Money Girl with Hair Band and 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 (Fretwork Paper Template)

More often than not Hans in Luck is shown with a goose or a pig. This is one of the...
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1980s Pebaro ✧ Cinderella with Long Braid by Brigitte from Dresden

The template got produced in the 1970s. This hobby work however was done by Brigitte Lange for her son Martin...
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1960s Dullien ✧ Very Colorful Max as Jumping Jack (Max and Moritz Fretwork Template)

The producer Dullien had the most colorful fretwork templates of them all. Enter "Dullien" in the search!
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1960s Dullien ✧ Fretwork Template Bavarian Boy as Jumping Jack (Pull Figure)

Some of the Dullien fretwork templates look a bit grotesque - this is one of them!
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1960s Dullien ✧ Very Colorful Parade Boy as Jumping Jack (LV17 / Fretwork Template)

The producer Dullien had the most colorful fretwork templates of them all. Enter "Dullien" in the search!
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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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1950s Hartmann ☆ Ironing Templates for Brothers Grimm’s 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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