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1960s Childhood / Nativity Play

In the 1960s many girls in Kindergarten or primary school dressed up as angels for the nativity play.
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Wiki / HELLERKUNST Kingfisher Bird Comparison

Both are screen printed versions, but on one you can see that the fringe was colored, too. Hand-colored, acutally.
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Wiki / 1930s Unknown Manufactury * Mary and Jesus on Blue Base

On one wall figure Mary and Jesus have a halo, on the other they don't.
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1930s Small Candle Angel with Pink Flower in Her Hair Standing on Half Moon

Faces are hard to paint, this one is so beautul. The detailed Pixie cut and the pink flower add to...
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1960es EDELHOLZ FREIBERG Mother Holle’s Golden Daughter in Red Dress

Look at the unusual high brow. It makes the face awkward.
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1950s EDELHOLZ FREIBERG Little Muck on Brown Base

This wall figure shows the Little Muck in almost toddler age, huge head, sucking his thumb. Very unusual.
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Wiki / 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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Wiki / 1960s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Dotted Umbrella Dwarf with so many Stamps

This fairy tale wood plaque belonged to a pediatrician’s waiting room. Her stamps are on the back.
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1970s PEBARO Hair Band Star Money Girl on Meadow Base (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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1950s WEHA Naked Puss in Boots with Mean Green Eyes

WEHA Stands for"Werkstätten Haupt" (Fritz Haupt)
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1940s Kneeling Dwarf with Blue Bellflower

Possibly done on poor thin wood durning war time:
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1930s Dwarf Protector in Red Hoodie Dress without his Sword

This one is actually called Zwergenbeschützer = Dwarf Protector.
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Cinderella

Brothers Grimm 1812 / KHM 21
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1940s Slim Pastel Colored Cinderella in Bell Skirt

In the early years the designs were simpler.
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60$ for THAT? On Cleaning Fairy Tale Wood Plaques

I once seeked advice on cleaning fairy tale wood plaques. Restauration expert Birgit Linnhoff has worked for years on preserving...
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The most touching DEDICATION of them all!

You find the translation below, and yes, there really are these endearing grammar mistakes which I put into the translation...
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Background-Knowledge / Does Mertens-Kunst still exist?

No, they don't. Mertens-Kunst is one of the many Fairy Tale Wood Plaque manufacturers that didn't make in into die...
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1930s HELLERKUNST Sleeping Beauty in Red Coat Dress with many Thorns

What a genius idea: To make the base a thorn. This makes the wall figure very special, adding to its...
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1950s Pastel Colored Mother Holle’s Golden Daughter with Snow Pinetree

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 Turquoise Frog King Princess with Waterfall Hair

If the colors of a figure do not photograph well, use e.g. a bill to help the color. In this...
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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 Beautiful Hansel and Gretel with Red Dot Bag

A beautiful yet dull figure, the lacquering layer is missing!
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1940s Colorful Hansel and Gretel Witch

In war times, there was material shortage. The lacquering layer was missing and the figures looked dull.
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Wiki / What is special about this HELLERKUNST Pied Piper of Hamelin?

For one thing, it's his elegance. Balancing on one leg, doing everything else he does. Then again, haptics: If you...
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1930s Elegant Red Pied Piper of Hamelin with Cape and Belt Pouch

The 1930s and 1940s Pied Piper used to be more elegant than the later ones.
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1940s Little Red Riding Hood Walking and Talking with Wolf (Cardboard Figure)

There were times when quality plywood was not available or to expensive, so some manufacturers produced on cardboard.
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Many designs were inspired by Ilse Schneider

Ilse Schneider wrote and illustrated books about dwarfs and fairies. Many of her motives gave inspiration to wall figures motives....
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MERTENS-KUNST Yellow Flower Snow White with and Without the Pinetree

Comparing details is interesting. This Wall Figure was actually produced once with and once without the pinetree!
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Wiki / 1930s Accordion Dwarf with Red Dot Hat

In the 1930s and 40s, dwarfs were often named "gnomes", which would be "Gnom" in German. Later they were named...
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Wiki / 1930s Wooden Wall Figure: Very Slim Lantern Dwarf in Red Hoodie

A very fine and delicate piece of work. You've got to be very careful to not have it damaged after...
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Wiki / Background-Knowledge / Manufactury Münchner-Kunst

The name "Münchner-Kunst" is hardly known. This is mainly due to the fact that they didn't write their name on...
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Wiki / 1930s Paper Scrap / Fiary, Dwarf and Fly Agaric Mushroom

Dwarfs and fairies were not only popular on Wooden Wall Figures but also as papier scrap motives.
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ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL / Toy Fair Nuremberg 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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Wiki / Background-Knowledge about Mertens Kindergarten Songs

There are many Mertens-Kunst Wood Plaques depicting German kindergarten songs. These are showing themes from the songs "Ein Männlein steht...
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Wiki / 1930s HELLERKUNST / The Heller Family

The artist Magda Heller (right side) with her Children. Her Husband and artist Georg Heller is holding the wall figure...
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Wiki / Dating German Wall Figures / “Ski Rabbit” Christel 1946

"Christel das kleine Skihaserl" = "Little Ski Rabbit Christel" - You can actually feel the paint layers and the unusually...
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Wiki / Summer 2017 Germany Trip looking for Vintage Wall Figures: Are there any in the Dresden Folkart Museum?

My Dresden friend Brigitte had arranged an appointment it the Dresden Folkart Museum, its proper name being: „Museum für Sächsische...
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Wiki / HELLERKUNST in the Archive of the Dresden Folkart Museum

This picture shows treasures of the Dresden Folkart Museum, but they can only be seen on these archive picture so...
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ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL / Mrs Gruner-Witkop Remembers the Beginning

Starting a manufacturing business right after World War II, that was very different from today. Winter 1945/46 was very cold,...
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Wiki / Visiting Dresden and the Ore Mountains in Summer 2017: Are they still producing Fairy Tale Wall Figures there?

I was lucky to have made a wonderful new friend in 2017. Brigitte is very interested in art (talented, too!)...
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Wiki / GRAUPNER / GRAUBELE Shoemaker’s Delivery Boy / What is wrong with this one’s back?

This backside was once planned as the front side. The printed grey dots were supposed to be cut out. The...
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Wiki / 1950s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL / Mrs.Gruner-Witkop’s Wonderful Sailor

This beautiful Sailor was a gift of its designer, Mrs.Gruner-Witkop, to my husband, who is a single handed sailor. He...
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Wiki / 1930s HELLERKUNST / Magda Heller at her Work

Picture: Courtesy to Klaus Heller, son of Magda Heller.
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Wiki / This is how 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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German Wall Figures in a 1950s German toy catalogue

As Mrs. Gruner-Witkop had told me, the ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Jumping Jacks were the most successful items of the product...
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Wiki / The very last Mertens-Kunst Logo

Mertens-Kunst fans know the 1960s Mertens-Kunst logo showing a cradle with a canopy and a cross on top. In the...
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Wiki / How to Mount German Wall Figures

... or on the wardrobe. Or on the door. I took pretty 1970s Christmas gift wrap, padded mirror mount tape...
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About “Original Bergischer Engel”

The manufacturer Original Bergischer Engel produced both Fairy Tale Wall Figures and Jumping Jacks, all made of wood. The production...
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Wiki / Producer 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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This Lovely Sweep was sent back to the artist 60 years after she had designed it – and almost forgotten!

This ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Jumping Jack Sweep Girl was sent by me back to its designer Mrs.Gruner-Witkop in Solingen-Wald, where...
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Wiki / Searching information about ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL: This is how I succeeded!

How do you find information about a manufactory that produced their last Wall Figure roughly 40 years ago? I got...
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There was not only one German Currency in the Last Century …

Knowing the currency of vintage pricing in the USA is easy, because the USA has always had the dollar. Germany...
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