8. Ore Mountains / GDR + Grossmann

The German Democratic Republic existed from 1949-1990. It was also called East Germany at that time. They produced a lot of traditional folk art items such as wooden nutcrackers, small wooden angels and of course our Fairy Tale Wood Plaques. They copied a lot from others, especially Hellerkunst and Mertens-Kunst. Many of the craft items were produced very beautifully, some were not. A few artists however seem to have found motives of their own. Grossmann had also started right after the 2nd World War, but they did produce much longer than many others.

1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Little Red Riding Hood with Black Vest / Hand-Painted 18 cm

Details: Brothers Grimm Bavaria South Germany Basket Blond Hair White Stockings Cute Without Wolf (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: GDR Sandman in Grey Rocket

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. The GDR TV Sandman was invented in 1959, so this must be late 1950s. (GDR...
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Paul May(?): Hansel and Gretel with Witch House / Hand-Painted

This is a very cute version of the famous Brothers Grimm's fairy tale. Beautiful Fifties! Huge gingerbread cookies! I'd really...
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Green TV Sandman / Hand-Painted

I've known this "Sandmannchen" in different colors. This is the green version. GDR Toys are still all the rage -...
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3 Tannen G: 1960s Little Brother and Little Sister with Toadstool House / Hand-Painted

Details: GDR Grunhainichen Ore Mountains German Wall Figure 3 Pinetrees (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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1970s VEB Meissen: Slim Red Goose Maid / Hand-Painted 26 cm

HanThe motives of the VEBs (= State Owned Enterprises) became simpler and plainer. This form was used for diffenent fairy...
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl Snow White: 1970s with Two Dwarfs

Screen-printed on plywood. (Märchen Holz Bild Oberbayern Bayern Manufaktur Wand Figur / German Wall Figure Bavaria Bavarian
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1960s Kurt Suess (?) Cheeky Little Red Riding Hood

Hand-painted on plywood. I like the pleated skirt. (Kurt Suss German Wall Figure Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Wood Picture Vintage...
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1960s Sleeping Beauty with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on plywood. The original is 1940s Mertens-Kunst. Attributes: Long blond hair, Brothers Grimm, GDR Nursery Decor.
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1970s Hansel and Gretel / 18 x 27 cm / Screen-printed

Details: Witch Cat Raven Pinetrees Wood Fly Agaric Mushrooms Toadstools Brothers Grimm (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Kurt Suss: 1960s + 1970s GDR / VEB Collection / Hand-Painted

Look at the slim figures of the goose maids, the Star Money Girl and the Frog King: The are very...
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Edelholz Freiberg: Advertising for Margarethe Edel 1952

In 1952 this producer of fairy tale wood pictures still owned her own company. Later it was added to the...
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Lucky Dated Find: GDR and Ore Mountain Collection of 1963 / 1964 / 1965

I love this collection, it helped me date GDR wood pictures more accurately. Before it I would have dated this...
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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 and the 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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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1960s Frog King with Pond

Screen-printed on plywood. Attributes: Fly Agaric Mushrooms, Toadstool, Pinetree, Bird.
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Grossmann: 1950s Bunny Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the early Grossmann dwarfs. Attributes: Meadow Base, Gnome, Mended Clothes, Bavaria, German Wall Figure.
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Frog King Princess in Blue Striped Dress / 25 cm / Hand-Painted

Details: GDR Small Crown Light Dark Blue Brothers Grimm (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Grossmann: 1970s Cute Little Goose Girl

Screen-printed on plywood. Attributes: Apron Dress, Polka Dot Head Scarf, Maid. Fairy Tale Wood Picture.
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WEHA: 1960s Rapunzel with Floor Long Braid / Screen-Printed + Hand-Painting

There are only a few designs of Rapunzel as German Wall Figure, this is one of them. (GDR Toy /...
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Ore Mountains: 1970s Snow White in Dwarf Circle

Hand-painted on plywood. This is very popular motive, Snow White encircled with dwarfs. It's a VEB item, a GDR State...
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VEB Holzkunst Dresden: 1970s Simple Pattern Star Money Girl / Hand-Painted

The former owner Kurt Suess (I am not sure about this, but I think it must have been him) did...
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Kunstgewerbe Werkstaetten Olbernhau: 1960s Brave Little Tailor / Hand-Painted

This figure had formerly been produced unter the name Edelholz Freiberg. That was before that manufacturer became a state-owned enterprise...
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VEB Olbernhau: 1960s Little Muck als Thumb Sucker Child / 19 cm / Hand-Painted

Former Edelholz Freiberg was changed to an East German publicy owned VEB in then Communist GDR. (German Wall Figure Fairy...
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Walking Little Red Riding Hood

Hand-painted on plywood. Margarethe Edel copied this Little Red Riding Hood from Mertens-Kunst. They produced it in the 1930s and...
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Paul May: 1950s Snow White in Dwarf Circle

Look at the soft pastel colors! They are typical of Paul May. Fairy Tale Wood Picture.
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Blue Sandman

Margarethe Edel was the founder of Edelholz Freiberg. She created wonderful motives, but this one is a copy. Mertens had...
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1940s WEHA: Little Brother and Little Sister in Green Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 21 cm. WEHA was founded by Fritz Haupt just after the end of the Second World...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Ilse Schneider’s Goose Maid

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at her braids: They seem to be flying with the wind. Beautiful. (Ore Mountains / GDR...
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Little Brother and Little Sister

Hand-painted on plywood. It's a Brother's Grimm's fairy tale. It was produced in the GDR / East Germany. Fairy Tale...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Light Blue Stove Cinderella

Hand-painted on several layers wood to make the wall figure more solid. Height: 21 cm. I love the contrasting colors...
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1940s Large Frog King with Pond / 25 cm / Hand-Painted

Grossmann produced those wide wall pictures for a few years. But they also were more fragile, look at the tree:...
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1950s Snow White with Mistle Toe Dwarf / Hand-Painted

Details: Brothers Grimm Favorite Gnome Yellow Dress Princess Crown (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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1950s WEHA: Snow-White and Rose-Red

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 24cm. They look so carefree and happy. Snow White puts her flower wreath on herself.
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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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1930s Zumpfe Dresden: Large Yellow Snow White with Small Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. There is a "WH" on the back, most likely refering to a part of Dresden callded "Weisser...
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1940s Little Red Riding Hood on Wide Base / Hand-Painted

Grossmann Reit im Winkl started their business with hand-painting, at the beginning with larger figures like this one, too. Later...
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1940s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Grossmann Snow White in Wide White Dress

Hand-pained on 3mm-plywood. I like the early Grossmann wood pictures - many of them are wider, and they are hand-painted.
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1940s Grossmann: Butterfly Dwarf without Hood

This dwarf looks different from the other ones, it's not the beard, all Grossmann dwarfs have beards. It's the hoodie,...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Chair Cinderella with Jug and Braid

I love this Cinderella by Edelholz Freiberg. I have not found this motive being done by any other manufactury. It...
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Paul May: 1950s Gold Mary with Snow Tree and Pillow

A typical Mother Holle motive. The unusual thing about this one is the winter forest pine and that there is...
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1950s Drei Tannen G: Mother Holle with Window and Pointed Roof

This producer has a very unique style - how to put it? Colorful and round! Let’s not start with the...
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1950s Drei Tannen G: Frilly Hand-painted Frog King Princess

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Wonderful haptics, you can feel the paint layers.
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Blue Frog King Princess

One of the earlier Grossmann wood pictures. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Goose Maid with Fence

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. Grossmann has existed for almost 50 years. They do not produce any more but they...
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1950s German Wall Figure: Strutting Puss in Boots

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood with varnish. I don't know this special (beautiful) style and I have no idea about the unknown...
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1950s Kurt Suess: Puss in Boots with Partridge

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and rare. Very unusual too: Look at the many shadows!
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1950s WEHA: Naked White Puss in Boots

The WEHA letters are for "Werkstätten Haupt" (Fritz Haupt) from the Ore Mountains. When the GDR took over, the owner...
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1950s Grossmann: Hansel and Gretel on Wide Base

The early Grossmann wall figures are fragile, and I love that! Look at the details! My online museum isn’t really...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Hansel and Gretel with 3D Witch House

Very unusual! It has really got a second layer of plywood. I like the "huge" bell flowers in baby pink...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Hansel and Gretel with Pointing Hand

I like this wood picture because it's an original idea of Edelholz Freiberg. In the 1960s and 1970s the GDR...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Little Singer Girls in Pink and Blue

The manufactury Edelholz Freiberg belonged to Margarethe Edel. The GRD government took it from the owner and made it a...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Cute Snowball Boy

Hand-painted on plywood. This is a copy of the much earlier Hellerkunst Winter Boy. Yes, it's a copy, but a...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Candle Child in White Nightdress

This wooden wall figure got many likes on my Instagram account! It's a precious and rare motive by Edelholz Freiberg....
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Light Blue Flower Girl / Hand-Painted

I like the little-girls-series by Edelholz Freiberg. Margarethe Edel did copies of Mertens and Hellerkunst, but those cute little girls...
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Edelholz Freiberg: 1950s Little Haverman with Moon / Hand-Painted

Margarethe Edel is the woman behind Edelholz Freiberg. This wall figure has no name on the back, but they style...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Girl with Watering Can

One of the cute children wood pictures by Edelholz Freiberg. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. (GDR Childhood / Ore Mountains)
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Garden Boy with Mint Apron

Many wood hangings depict children instead of fairy tales. Those were very popular, too. This little boy is hand-painted on...
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1950s WEHA: Blue Star Money Girl with Yellow Coins

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Star Money Girl with Pine Trees

There are very few slim wall figures by Grossmann, they usually made rather wide dresses, especially in the beginning -...
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1950s WEHA: Brave Little Tailor with Text Belt

It's a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The text says "I killed 7 at one go", not telling that it were...
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1950s Paul May: Little Muck with Half Moon

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood, 19cm.
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1950s German Wall Figure: Two Part Pinetree Snow White with Doll Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. A very unusual wood picture. I would love to know the producer's name. Can you help?...
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1950s Three Pinecones G: Max and Moritz with Bow Shoes

Hand-painted on plywood. I have never seen Max and Moritz (Bad Boys by Wilhelm Busch) with Bow Shoes before. Look...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Dwarf in Cobalt Blue Jacket

I like the early Grossmann dwarfs. They are all hand-painted on 3mm quality plywood! (8/30)
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Blue Winter Dwarf with High Hat

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many of these dwarfs: They were small and cute, in a one-color-only outfit (red or...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Dwarf with Mouse

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Grossmann: Blue Winter Dwarf with Fox

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. In the 1950s Grossmann produced many of these dwarfs: They were small and cute, in a one-color-only...
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1950s Grossmann: Stone Dwarf with Trumpet

Hand-painted on plywood. In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all,...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Dwarfs with Sack and Spade

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Grossmann: Pick Axe Dwarf with Leather Apron

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Grossmann: Blue Stone Dwarf with Lantern Bag

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many of these dwarfs: They were small and cute, in a one-color-only outfit (red or...
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1950s Grossmann: Night Watch Dwarf with Cape

Hand-painted on plywood. (Grossmann Reit im Winkl)
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1950s Paul May: Headache Dwarf under Fly Agaric Mushroom

I like the lamellas, they are rare on mushrooms. Most don't have them. (Toadstool)
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1950s Grossmann: Hiking Dwarf with Dot Bag

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s WEHA: Mother Holle with Blue Snow Village

Screen-printed on 3 mm-plywood with additional hand-painting. Height: 25 cm. (GDR Toy)
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Flower Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 16 cm.
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg: Hansel and Gretel with White Pinafore (GDR)

Hand-painted on plywood, 21 cm height. Edelholz Freiberg produced during the GDR regime, too.
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1950s Paul May: Sandman Dwarf on Giant Star

Hand-painted on plywood, 22cm. The pastel colors are typical of Paul May. The unusual things here is the star base...
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1950s Grossmann: Little Olive Cinderella

Hand-painted on plywood, 15cm. It's the only Cinderella I've known by Grossmann Reit im Winkl so far. Grossmann is rather...
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1960s Kurt Suess(?): Frog King Princess with White Gloves

A rather unusual Frog King, the princess is wearing gloves and her dress reminds a bit of underwear. I like...
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg: Cute Hans in Luck with Red Scarf

Here we see Hans in Luck as a child. On a different version by Edelholz Freiberg he is an adult....
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1960s Teri: Fashion Girl as Key Holder

Hand-painted on 8mm-wood. Height: 21cm.
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Edelholz Freiberg: Topper Hat Boy with Lucky Clover

Most likely an original Margarethe Edel design. Clever not to choose the black hat! Now it doesn't look too much...
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1960s Kurt Suess(?): Green Pied Piper of Hamelin

Hand-painted on unusually light wood / wood mix. It could be Kurt Süss, the style fits.
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1960s Drei Tannen G: Pittiplatsch The Nice One

Platsch means splash, so his English name could be Pittisplash. He was a TV character in the then GDR and...
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1960s Drei Tannen G: Schnatterinchen from East German TV

Schnatterinchen was the cute duck of the East-German TV-Sandman series and very popular at her time. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg: Turquoise Proud Snow White

Someone who grew up in the GDR once told me this: Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, protesting in...
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg: Star Money Girl in White and Blue Shift

Both are hand-painted on wood with varnish. Both have a nice simple color scheme and are quite rare. Well done,...
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg: Light Blue Star Money Girl

This seems to be one of the original designs my Margarethe Edel, I have not seen it by other designers...
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1960s Kurt Suss: Brave Little Tailor with Jam Bread

Hand-painted on plywood. ("152 / 5,25" --)
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1960s WEHA: Little Muck with Town Base

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1940s+1970s Grossmann: Early and late Goose Maid

Hand-painted and screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 18cm. Here you can see the developement to cuter versions.
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1970s Grossmann: Little Brother and Little Sister with Toadstool Chair

Around 1970 Grossmann changed from hand-painting to the technique of screen-printing, like other manufacturers had done, too.
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1970s Grossmann: Star Money Girl in Light Blue Dress

Screen-printed on plywood. (Grossmann Reit im Winkl).
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