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German Porcelain Maker Halts Hummel Production

June 19, 2008

www.dw-world.de

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No more dancing children or kitschy pets: German porcelain maker Goebel has announced that it will stop making its Hummel figures by the end of the year.

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The producers in the Franconian town of Roedental said on Wednesday, June 18, that they were stopping production of the Hummel figurines due to a steep decline in sales.

According to Goebel's managing director Axel Hosek, demand has collapsed in recent months, despite the company's efforts to market the figurines.

"The trend that has prevailed in the last few years has unfortunately continued," he said in a statement.

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Goebel was founded in 1871, but the Hummel figures, which sky-rocketed the company’s international success, were not created until 1934. The cherubic children and playful animals were inspired by the drawings of a Bavarian nun, Maria Innocentia Hummel, whose birth name was Berta.

Company head Franz Goebel’s decision to produce Hummel’s drawings as porcelain figures was an immediate success. Demand was so great, especially in the United States, that the company could hardly keep up with the orders. During the American occupation of Bavaria following World War II, Hummel figures became a popular souvenir for soldiers -- and a symbol of another, more peaceful Germany.

At their peak, more than 1,600 workers were involved in making the porcelain figurines in Roedental. In the 1970s, Goebel opened a Hummel production plant in the United States, as well as distribution centers in France, Great Britain and Hong Kong.

In the mid-1990s, the "MI Hummel Club" claimed 270,000 members all around the world -- more than 200,000 of them in the United States.

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These are a collectible rather than a toy I know, but I wasn't sure where to put this. My mom had a few Hummels. I'm sorry to see them going the way of so many other fine vintage items.

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My mother and grandmother both had several Hummels...This is a sad event. It would be like Norman Rockwell's drawings becoming unpopular.

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German Porcelain Maker Halts Hummel Production

June 19, 2008

www.dw-world.de

EXCERPT:

No more dancing children or kitschy pets: German porcelain maker Goebel has announced that it will stop making its Hummel figures by the end of the year.

0,,3424006_4,00.jpg

The producers in the Franconian town of Roedental said on Wednesday, June 18, that they were stopping production of the Hummel figurines due to a steep decline in sales.

According to Goebel's managing director Axel Hosek, demand has collapsed in recent months, despite the company's efforts to market the figurines.

"The trend that has prevailed in the last few years has unfortunately continued," he said in a statement.

...

Goebel was founded in 1871, but the Hummel figures, which sky-rocketed the company’s international success, were not created until 1934. The cherubic children and playful animals were inspired by the drawings of a Bavarian nun, Maria Innocentia Hummel, whose birth name was Berta.

Company head Franz Goebel’s decision to produce Hummel’s drawings as porcelain figures was an immediate success. Demand was so great, especially in the United States, that the company could hardly keep up with the orders. During the American occupation of Bavaria following World War II, Hummel figures became a popular souvenir for soldiers -- and a symbol of another, more peaceful Germany.

At their peak, more than 1,600 workers were involved in making the porcelain figurines in Roedental. In the 1970s, Goebel opened a Hummel production plant in the United States, as well as distribution centers in France, Great Britain and Hong Kong.

In the mid-1990s, the "MI Hummel Club" claimed 270,000 members all around the world -- more than 200,000 of them in the United States.

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These are a collectible rather than a toy I know, but I wasn't sure where to put this. My mom had a few Hummels. I'm sorry to see them going the way of so many other fine vintage items.

Aw, man! No more Hummels? Aaarrrggghhh!!! My personal favorite Hummel was one called "Little Fiddler." I guess we've stopped caring about upholding tradition, too! That's NOT the kind of world my parents raised me to believe in! Doesn't anyone believe in upholding traditions anymore?

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A friend who knows about these things, tells me the resale value of Hummels is very poor, which doesn't make it as desirable as a collectible. But who knows, now that production is being halted, that may eventually change. So if you got 'em, hang onto 'em!

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