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« on: December 20, 2008, 03:52:16 am »

I have been collecting Hummels for years. Back about 20 years ago I had roughly 50 of them, but I was forced to sell many of them when I ran into financial trouble, but I still have about a dozen Hummels. Recently I've been thinking about building up my collection again. I used to buy myself 2 Hummels a year - one on my birthday and another one at Christmas. One year I lucked out when I was at one of the shopping malls. A friend and I arrived at the mall just after it opened and I noticed one of the jewelry stores was going out of business. When we walked in there, they had about 15 Hummels marked down to 80 percent off! I bought them all! lol

Anyway, Hummels are porcelain figurines made in Germany. They are all hand painted and most are of small children. They are absolutely beautiful. I love their cute little round faces and big bright eyes. Below you will see my small Hummel collection, just remnants of what it used to be before I sold many of them. Betty, a good friend of mine who owned the donut shop I worked at years ago got me interested in Hummels. She had about 250 of them - two floor to ceiling curio cabinets FULL of Hummels. She made several trips to Germany in the 1970s and purchased most of her Hummels there, where they are about half the price as here in the US. Betty passed away the same year as my Mom. She was born the same year as my Dad (1931) and she was an amazing friend. We took many trips together, including two trips to Quebec, Canada!
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 03:57:51 am »

Hummels are made by the Goebel Company located in Germany. They make many other things besides Hummels. To start off, since it is Christmas, I thought I'd show you three Goebel Christmas figurines I own. My Great Grandmother gave these to me for Christmas about 25 years ago.



They include a snowman, a Santa, and a nutcracker. The tallest one (Santa) stands roughly 3 inches tall. The snowman holds a wooden broom in his hand. The broom was lost for many years and we finally found the tiny broom down at the bottom of a box of Christmas decorations, so now the broom and owner have been reunited.

These figurines are NOT Hummels, but they are made by the same company, so I thought I would include them in this thread. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 04:01:05 am »

This Hummel figurine is of the Baby Jesus. This is the only piece from the Hummel Nativity scene I own. Someday I would like to buy the complete set. The baby is about 2 inches long. My friend Betty gave it to me one Christmas.

You can buy the Nativity Scene with only the figures of the Holy Family plus the stable, or you can buy the complete set which includes the Wise Men, angels, the little drummer boy, several villagers and all the animals.




You can tell the age of the Hummel by the marking on the base. This marking with the Goebel name and a small bee just above indicates this particular Hummel was manufactured in the late 1970s to early 1980s. Goebel changes the mark every 5 to 10 years (or at least they used to). The black squiggly marks over on the right is the artist's initials plus the date (80 for 1980). The artist always initials each piece he or she paints. They don't always include the year though.


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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008, 04:03:25 am »

My Great Grandmother gave me the following figurine (she gave me three Hummels in total) and it has a small story behind it. The name of the figurine is "Going To Grandma's".

My sister was born exactly one year and ten days after me. Mom and Dad took the two of us down to Cincinnati that Christmas so my Great Grandmother could see Susan for the first time. Before we left, Mom stopped off at L.S. Ayres (a local department store here in town. It no longer is in business) and purchased this figurine to give to my Great Grandmother. Many years later, she decided to move into a nursing home because she could really no longer take care of herself and keep up with the cleaning and other things. Each Christmas she gave me one of her Hummels as a Christmas gift. She wanted to make certain her Hummels stayed in the family and she knew I would take care of them. The very last Hummel she gave me was this one, the same one Mom and Dad gave to her many years earlier.

This figurine is roughly 5 inches tall...




Here is a picture of the base. You can see the Goebel mark is very different than the one on the base of the Baby Jesus. This mark is called the "stylized bee" and it indicates the figurine was made in the late 1950s to early 1960s. The brown stuff up near the top is all that remains of the original price tag. I think Mom paid $26.00 for it back in 1963.


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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2008, 04:05:02 am »

This is another Hummel my Great Grandmother gave me one Christmas. The name of it is "Which Hand?" and she is about 4 1/2 inches tall...


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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008, 04:06:43 am »

I purchased this Hummel at WH Block's, another local department store that is no longer in business. They had an artist from Goebel come and talk about the company and Hummels, and they had many different Hummel figurines for sale. This Hummel is actually a bank! You can see the key dangling from it. It is called "Little Thrifty" and it stands 5 inches tall...




The artist even signed my Hummel! God, he was cute! He was about 30 years old and he didn't speak any English at all. An elderly lady came with him and translated everything he said from German to English. Here is a picture of his autograph on the base of the Hummel. The original artist's initials are up at the top left of the base. Everything else written is by him. I'll never forget how cute he was - dark hair, a muscular body, and totally gorgeous!!

You can see the the locking mechanism and the original price tag.



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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2008, 04:08:03 am »

This Hummel is called "Runaway" and he is about 6 inches tall. He's a cute little guy, isn't he? My parents gave him to me one Christmas. I had my eye on him for a long time and somehow my Mom knew to buy him for me. I never talked about him to her nor Dad, so I really don't know how she figured it out. But there he was one Christmas, all wrapped up in a box and a bow!




This is the other side of the figurine. He carries a mandolin type instrument under his arm. I've always wondered what he's running away from? I'd like to think he's off on an innocent adventure and will be back in time for his supper. Smiley


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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2008, 04:10:34 am »

I joined the Goebel Collector's Club for several years, and they gave me a Hummel for joing their club. This little figurine stands about 2 1/2 inches tall. She is a limited edition Hummel. Goebel only manufactured her for one year and then they broke the mold. She was not sold in stores, you could only get her through the club. The little paper next to her came with the figurine but I can only read part of what it says. Maybe one of our German members could translate it for us if they peek at this thread.




Here is a picture of the base indicating she was obtained through the club...




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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2008, 04:13:25 am »

This Hummel is called "Doctor" and he is roughly 4 inches tall.


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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2008, 04:14:59 am »

This is another Hummel my Great Grandmother gave me. It is called "Doll Mother" and it is about 5 inches tall...






The next one is called "Prayer Before Battle" and it is also about 5 inches tall. I can't remember if I bought this one before or after my Great Grandmother gave me the Doll Mother Hummel...




But as you can see, they are a set! So it worked out pretty good, didn't it? Although Doll Mother is much older than the Prayer Before Battle Hummel. Smiley


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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2008, 04:17:31 am »

This Hummel is actually an advertising sign for a store. Even though it is a sign, it is still considered a Hummel figurine. They are very rare and difficult to obtain because the retailers do not like to part with them. This is one of the Hummels I bought at the jewelry store that was going out of business.



One of the things I love about Hummels is all the intricate detail. Just look at this. You can see him working out his math problem on his little slate board!


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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2008, 04:20:27 am »

Here is another Hummel sign. I bought this one at Cafe Heidelburg, a German bakery and gift shop here in Indianapolis. The owners are from Germany and it's fun to go there because the owners and many of the customers can be heard speaking German. They also play German music on the store speakers. You really feel like you are in Germany when you walk in there. They sell all kinds of things including food (canned goods, chips, cookies and other things) from Germany and lots of German collectables including Hummels!

I can't remember why he was selling his sign, but I bought it without hesitating. These signs are very difficult to find...




The little figure on the sign is called "Merry Wanderer" and he is one of the very first (and most popular) of the Hummel figurines. I used to have Merry Wanderer but I sold him with many of my other Hummels years ago.  Cry

At least I have him on the sign!
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2008, 04:23:05 am »

Hummels are not always figurines! They also make Hummel bells, Hummel Christmas ornaments, Hummel ashtrays (who in their right mind would put their cigarette out in a Hummel?!), Hummel lamps, music boxes, holy water fonts, and plates!!

I bought this Hummel plate the year my niece Christy was born, in honor of her birth - 1979. It is roughly 8 inches from one side of the plate to the other.


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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2008, 04:26:56 am »

I also have several Lladro's I bought when I was in Spain back in 1982.

This Lladro reminded me of my beagle when I was a kid. Her name was Droopy. This figurine is approximately 8 or 9 inches tall...




Mom and I both saw this next one and we fell in love with it, so the day before we left Spain we decided to get it. She paid for half of it, and I paid for the other half. It is about 7 inches tall...




This next one is not actually a Lladro. It is made by the Lladro company, but it is called NAO. You can find these all over Spain. They are not quite as expensive as the Lladro figurines. We managed to find very good deals on all these figurines though, and in Spain you can purchase Lladros for roughly half of what they sell for here in the US. This NAO figurine is quite large, about 10 or 11 inches tall. This one reminded Mom of me and my sister when we were small kids...


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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2008, 05:04:11 am »

Do you collect any figurines? Or anything interesting? If so, please include them in this thread! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2008, 07:30:51 am »

My mum has a few hummels and ladros and my sister has one or two ladros - I'll try to take some pics and post here.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2008, 11:02:49 am »

David, interesting thread!  One of my sisters started collecting Hummels years ago, but she didn't get too far.  I don't believe she has more than a dozen.  (She got married and had twins, and then Real Life interfered.) When my nephews were very little, the Hummels ended up in a curio cabinet at my parents' house for safekeeping, but that was years ago.  I assume they're back at my sister's house, but unfortunately she doesn't have them on display.  I'm going to ask her about them.

Thanks for posting the pictures of the Hummels in your collection. The bank one is cool.  I like the ones with the signs, too.  I can see why you bought those.  Good luck in expanding your collection, if that's what you decide to do. 
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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2008, 11:03:20 am »

A little info from Wiki:

Hummel or the trademark M.I. Hummel is a series of ceramic figurines based on the illustrations by the German nun Maria Innocentia Hummel (neé Berta Hummel) .
 
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel's works were discovered by Franz Goebel after a small publisher began printing her artwork as postcards. Goebel started production of the figurines under the authorization of the convent of Siessen. Although sister Hummel died in 1946 from tuberculosis, Goebel carried her legacy of her design.

The first Hummel figurines were sold in 1935. The figurines are all based on the drawings and paintings of children by sister Hummel. Though much of the art was done in the 1930s, the newer figurines have adopted a more contemporary appearance.

In addition to figurines of children, there are figurines of saints - a stylistic departure from the figurines of playful children.

Goebel announced on 2008-06-18 that the Hummel line will be discontinued.  (Oh, no, David!)  Shocked

At the Goebel company, Hummel figurines are made out of porcelain. The body is bisque fired, dipped in glaze, and painted using oil and turpentine based colors which contain metallic oxides as pigments.

All Hummel Figurines have backstamps that determine the year of production.
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« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2008, 11:06:37 am »


Life-size reproduction of a Hummel figurine at the entrance of the Goebel company in Rödental, Germany.

David, that looks like your "Merry Wanderer".
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« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2008, 11:12:18 am »

Nice stories, David.  I hope you didn't have to sell any of the family ones.  Too sad.

My mom has a collection of Hummels:  a cabinet full of the typical children, a few religious ones (Madonnas and the like), and a complete nativity scene, even with manger. 

Some of them have little paper labels with their titles.  My favorite was two little children, a boy and a girl, under the protection of a guardian angel.  It's pretty big. 


Mom doesn't always put up the nativity scene, but it's very special.  There's a hole in the back of the manger/barn where you can put a single light bulb, and a little shooting star to put on top.  Here's a photo, but with a different manger:

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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2008, 02:24:10 am »

My mum has a few hummels and ladros and my sister has one or two ladros - I'll try to take some pics and post here.

I'd love to see some pics of her Hummels and Lladros, Kelda!! Cheesy

Please take some pictures of them and post them here.
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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2008, 02:27:13 am »

David, interesting thread!  One of my sisters started collecting Hummels years ago, but she didn't get too far.  I don't believe she has more than a dozen.  (She got married and had twins, and then Real Life interfered.) When my nephews were very little, the Hummels ended up in a curio cabinet at my parents' house for safekeeping, but that was years ago.  I assume they're back at my sister's house, but unfortunately she doesn't have them on display.  I'm going to ask her about them.

Thanks for posting the pictures of the Hummels in your collection. The bank one is cool.  I like the ones with the signs, too.  I can see why you bought those.  Good luck in expanding your collection, if that's what you decide to do. 

Yes, please ask her about them and then tell us what she said! She really should have them out on display because they are so beautiful! If she has them packed up, maybe she will let you have them and then you could display them at your house! Do you think that could happen?

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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2008, 02:32:47 am »

A little info from Wiki:



Goebel announced on 2008-06-18 that the Hummel line will be discontinued.  (Oh, no, David!)  Shocked



This is terrible news! Cry

I'm surprised it happened, although I can understand WHY it happened. The economy is so bad right now, few people have the extra money for luxury items such as Hummels. I've been reading some reports about it on the Internet. They said the factory has many Hummels at the factory, and there will be plenty to go around for quite some time. So, I guess that is good news... sort of. Undecided

I know they discontinued the Hummels during World War II. But they started up again after the war ended. Maybe after the economy gets better, they will begin producing them once again. They are popular all over the world and they've been manufacturing them since the early 1900s.

Here's a couple of articles I found:

Goebel Germany to Discontinue Hummel Figurines

By Staff -- Gifts & Decorative Accessories, 6/18/2008 3:34:00 PM
Pennington, NJ — Ceramic manufacturer Goebel Germany will discontinue production of its well-known M.I. Hummel figurines and focus its resources on the company's home accessory brands. Other Goebel lines include Goebel Gifts, Artis Orbis, and Rosina Wachtmeister Cats.

Goebel of North America (GNA) spokesperson Carrie Kulak told Gifts & Decorative Accessories that the company doesn’t know yet whether M.I. Hummel figurines will be made outside of Germany in future. “But we do have product that is manufactured elsewhere,” in Asia, she said. The Asian manufactured products are also based on the original Hummel artwork and approved by the artist’s convent. In the meantime, Goebel of North America isn’t likely to run out of German-made figurines any time soon. “We intend to sell as long as we can,” said Kulak. “We don’t feel threatened at all in this calendar year.”

Philip Ferrigno, president of GNA, said in a statement, “GNA will collaborate with Goebel Germany to implement a strategic plan that will best serve the North American market and all its stakeholders. We remain confident that the M.I. Hummel brand will emerge from this restructuring significantly stronger.”

http://www.giftsanddec.com/article/CA6571496.html


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Goebel of North America Supports Goebel Germany Restructuring Effort


PENNINGTON, N.J., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Goebel Germany has recently
announced that it will discontinue production of M.I. Hummel figurines and
focus its resources on the company's home accessory brands.

"Goebel of North America (GNA) is committed in its support of Goebel
Germany as they embark on the recently announced production restructuring.
Despite current global economic pressures, GNA's business has remained stable
and we are confident in the outlook for the second half of 2008.  GNA will
collaborate with Goebel Germany to implement a strategic plan that will best
serve the North American market and all its stakeholders.  We remain confident
that the M.I. Hummel brand will emerge from this restructuring significantly
stronger," said Goebel of North America President Philip Ferrigno.

Goebel is best known as the creator of M.I. Hummel figurines, renowned
collectible works of art depicting Bavarian country children.  The firm
creates other fine giftware and collectible lines including Goebel Gifts,
Artis Orbis, and Rosina Wachtmeister Cats. Goebel of North America is located
at Goebel Plaza, 73 Route 31 North, Pennington, NJ 08534.  For more
information on M.I. Hummel or Goebel products, call 1-800-666-2582; or visit
www.mihummel.com .

SOURCE  Goebel of North America

Carrie Kulak of Goebel of North America, +1-800-666-2582

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS139896+18-Jun-2008+PRN20080618


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« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2008, 03:02:08 am »

Nice stories, David.  I hope you didn't have to sell any of the family ones.  Too sad.

My mom has a collection of Hummels:  a cabinet full of the typical children, a few religious ones (Madonnas and the like), and a complete nativity scene, even with manger. 

Some of them have little paper labels with their titles.  My favorite was two little children, a boy and a girl, under the protection of a guardian angel.  It's pretty big. 


Mom doesn't always put up the nativity scene, but it's very special.  There's a hole in the back of the manger/barn where you can put a single light bulb, and a little shooting star to put on top.  Here's a photo, but with a different manger:


The Hummel up at the top is called "Heavenly Protection" and it is one of my favorites. My friend Betty owned that one. It is very beautiful, isn't it?

That second one is the Nativity Scene I was talking about, although I've also seen it with a few more pieces - the little drummer boy, a boy playing a recorder or clarinet type instrument (called "Little Tooter" in the Hummel line) and several others. Krieg Brothers Catholic Supply Co here in Indy had that Nativity Scene for sale years ago and it was on sale too - 30 percent off. I thought about it and thought about it and eventually I talked myself out of buying it. Now I'm very sorry I made that decision. I should have bought it! Angry

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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2008, 09:46:15 am »

Do you collect any figurines? Or anything interesting? If so, please include them in this thread! Cheesy

I have never heard of Hummels. Reading this thread has been quite a learning experience for me. They are certainly very cute. I can see why you're so keen on collecting them, David.   

I collect figurines of gods.

I have about 50 figurines. They are primarily Egyptian, with some Hindu, Buddhist and Greek also. Some of them are classy and some quite trashy. 

The largest is a splendid statue of the falcon-headed Egyptian sun god, Ra. He's about 60cm (2ft) tall and stands in the middle of my dining table, from whence he holds court. He is a very majestic presence in my home. The smallest figurine is a tiny, beautifully detailed figurine of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Traditionally, Ganesh should be located inside one's front door, facing the door, to guard your home. And that's where my Ganesh is located (I have more than one Ganesh).

My two favourites were both given to me as gifts by George:



Hand carved, hand painted, wooden, Balinese Buddha, given to me by George on my 50th birthday.



Bust of the Greek god, Hermes. This is not mine. This is an Internet pic of the full-length original by the Greek sculptor, Praxiteles. Mine is a reproduction of the head and shoulders only. It was given to me by George in 1974.



I'll take some pics of my gods and post them here. Would you consider changing the title of the thread to something like "Collectables," David?

 

 
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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2008, 09:59:29 am »

I used to see my friend sell Hummels in his gift store!

Some are highly collectible and so rare!

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« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2008, 11:26:47 pm »

This Hummel is called "Runaway" and he is about 6 inches tall. He's a cute little guy, isn't he? My parents gave him to me one Christmas. I had my eye on him for a long time and somehow my Mom knew to buy him for me. I never talked about him to her nor Dad, so I really don't know how she figured it out. But there he was one Christmas, all wrapped up in a box and a bow!



This is the other side of the figurine. He carries a mandolin type instrument under his arm. I've always wondered what he's running away from? I'd like to think he's off on an innocent adventure and will be back in time for his supper. Smiley




I've just been through this thread again, trying to decide which Hummel is my favourite (not easy to decide), and I think it might be this little chap, the Runaway. Having said that, however, I also love the guardian angel with the two small children, and I love the nutcracker too - he looks so mischievous.

The Runaway is so joyous. I have no doubt he'll be home for his supper, David. I remember setting out on just such adventures when I was about his age, complete with sandwiches and lemonade, with my dog in tow. We had so many wonderfully exciting adventures without once leaving the back garden.   Cheesy 

Here's a photo of my bust of the Praxiteles Hermes, just taken this morning:


Hermes was the great Olympian God of animal husbandry, roads, travel, hospitality, heralds, diplomacy, trade, thievery, language, writing, persuasion, cunning wiles, athletic contests, gymnasiums, astronomy, and astrology. He was also the personal agent and herald of Zeus, the king of the gods. Hermes was usually depicted as a handsome and athletic, beardless youth, and sometimes as an older bearded man. His attributes included the herald's wand or kerykeion (Latin caduceus), winged boots and sometimes a winged travellers cap and chlamys cloak.
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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2008, 12:15:48 am »

Although I haven't added to my collection in years, I collect Royal Doulton Rhodes China and assorted Austrian crystal stemware.  The china looks like




And the stemware is of this variety:




I tend to favor the jewel tones in the stemware - ruby, cobalt, amethyst, and emerald.

I started this circa 1992, mostly stopped the collecting by 2002, but now I tote around a small brown scallop-like seashell and cobalt blue marble in my pocket most of the time.

We used to actually use the stuff on a regular basis.  Maybe having a dinner party could be a goal for 2009.   Huh?

Or maybe not.  Wink Roll Eyes Cool
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Stunning! Love it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2008, 12:59:36 am »

Stunning! Love it!  Cheesy

Makes a $6 Chardonnay taste like liquid gold, in my opinion.  Which reminds me, I've been choosing Australian wines lately.  I'll have to keep some of the labels, get your opinion!
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Makes a $6 Chardonnay taste like liquid gold, in my opinion.  Which reminds me, I've been choosing Australian wines lately.  I'll have to keep some of the labels, get your opinion!

I'm not a wine expert. Not overly fond of white wines or anything with bubbles in it, but I do LOVE a good red, especially Merlot. My favourite Australian wine is Wolf Blass Eaglehawk Merlot. I can also recommend anything from Margaret River in Western Australia (it's a big wine growing region) - Heath's home state. I've sampled many Margaret River reds over the years and all have been GOOD!  Cheesy
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Had those glasses and dishes; still have a set Royal Doulton too rare!

Anyone here a rare wine connaisseur?

I have a bottle, but need info.
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The largest is a splendid statue of the falcon-headed Egyptian sun god, Ra. He's about 60cm (2ft) tall and stands in the middle of my dining table, from whence he holds court. He is a very majestic presence in my home. The smallest figurine is a tiny, beautifully detailed figurine of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Traditionally, Ganesh should be located inside one's front door, facing the door, to guard your home. And that's where my Ganesh is located (I have more than one Ganesh).


Wow Kerry I loved the pics you posted, if you get a chance could you post a picture of Ra and a Ganesh for me??
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The largest is a splendid statue of the falcon-headed Egyptian sun god, Ra. He's about 60cm (2ft) tall and stands in the middle of my dining table, from whence he holds court. He is a very majestic presence in my home. The smallest figurine is a tiny, beautifully detailed figurine of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Traditionally, Ganesh should be located inside one's front door, facing the door, to guard your home. And that's where my Ganesh is located (I have more than one Ganesh).

Kerry, I never knew that tradition, but sure enough, my Ganesh is right inside the front door!  He must have guided me!
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Wow Kerry I loved the pics you posted, if you get a chance could you post a picture of Ra and a Ganesh for me??

Glad you like them, Matt. I've got a few figurines of Ganesh but none are of any great artistic significance. That doesn't stop me from loving them, though. Ganesh is such a jolly, chubby, approachable little fellow. You can't help but like him. I'll line-up my Ganesh figurines for a photo-op shortly, Matt, and post the pic here for you. Will also do the same with the Ra.

Meanwhile, here is a photo of my statue of the Egyptian god, Thoth. Her stands 40cm (16 inches) tall:


Thoth is the name given by the Greeks to the Egyptian god Djeheuty (Tehuti). Thoth was the god of wisdom, inventor of writing, patron of scribes and the divine mediator. He is most often represented as a man with the head of an ibis, holding a scribal palette and reed pen. He could also be shown completely as an ibis or a baboon.

As with most Egyptian deities there were many different stories regarding the parentage of Thoth. Many sources call him the son of Ra, but one tradition has him springing forth from the head of Seth. This latter story is reminiscent of the birth of the Greek goddess Athena, who like Thoth was the patron divinity of wisdom.

Myths concerning Thoth show him as a divinity whose counsel is always sought. His most significant role is during the battles of Horus and Seth. Thoth is a staunch supporter of Horus and his mother Isis, maintaining that Horus' claim to the throne is just and the murderous Seth has no right to the kingship of Egypt. Elsewhere Thoth is a reliable mediator and peacemaker. When the goddess Tefnut had a dispute with her father Ra and absconded to Nubia, it was Thoth that the sun-god sent to reason with her and bring her home. Thoth was also present at the judgement of the dead. He would question the deceased before recording the result of the weighing of the deceased's heart. If the result was favorable Thoth would declare the deceased as a righteous individual who was worthy of a blessed afterlife.

Thoth was also a lunar deity, and whatever form he took he wore a lunar crescent on his head. Some Egyptologists think that the Egyptians identified the crescent moon with the curved beak of the ibis. It is also suggested that the Egyptians observed that baboon was a nocturnal (i.e. lunar) animal who would greet the sun with chattering noises each morning.

As he was messenger of the gods Thoth was identified by the Greeks with their own god Hermes. For this reason Thoth's center of worship is still known to us today as Hermopolis. 
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Kerry, I never knew that tradition, but sure enough, my Ganesh is right inside the front door!  He must have guided me!

My Indian friend, Kokila, would tell you that Ganesh definitely decided where he wanted to be located in your home, Paul.  Wink    Smiley  She has a very strong devotion to Ganesh and tells me that Hindus always address Ganesh first, before praying to any other god or goddess, including the greatest of the gods, such as Ganesh's father, Lord Shiva, for example. The reason for this is because Hindus believe that Ganesh is the god who makes things happen. He opens doors. Because he is so beloved by all the other Hindu deities, they listen to him when he whispers your requests in their ear, on your behalf. Similar to the way Catholics ask the saints to intercede on their behalf.   
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Wow Kerry thats a beautiful statue of Thoth.  I really like reading historical fiction so I know a little about Thoth, but I did not know amongst other things that Thoth was the name given by the Greeks. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures of Ganesh when you have time.

When I eventually buy another house and travel some more I intend to bring back lots of shall I say "ethnic" pieces. So far the only thing I have is a burnt leather picture of the Mayan King Pakal which I bought in Mexico. Heres a picture of one I down loaded off the interent. My one is bone coloured figurine on a black background. Its one of my favourite possesions

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That is a most strikingly powerful image, Matt. It looks familiar somehow. I think I've seen it somewhere before.

I've had a look through my collection and I counted four Ganesh figurines. As I say, none of them are of any great artistic significance, but I love having them all the same. Two of them are positioned inside my front door, facing the door, to protect my home. It's Saturday tomorrow and I'll take a photo of them then. Meanwhile, here's one of my favourite images of Lord Ganesh dancing:

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Just took this photo of my four Ganesh figurines. All were gifts, except for the bronze on the sandalwood base, second from right, which I bought for myself. The silver and the bronze both face my front door, along with various other deities. The figurine second from left is located in my bedroom and the one at far right sits atop my fridge, in the kitchen, which is where this photo was taken. Apologies to those on dial-up, for the size of this pic. It may be necessary to scroll over ----->

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Hey thanks for the pics of your Ganesh (es) (s) uumm you know what I mean. They're awesome.
I think I might like to get one for the entrance of my house
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I bought this figurine of Kuan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, many years ago in Sydney's Chinatown. She stands 28cm tall (just under one foot) and is made of hand-carved amber.


The Goddess Kwan Yin (also spelled Quan Yin, Kuanyin, and Guanyin) is one of the deities most frequently seen on altars in Buddhist temples. In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or "Born of the Lotus." Kwan Yin, alone among Buddhist gods, is loved rather than feared and is the model of Chinese beauty. Regarded by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy, she was originally male until the early part of the 12th century and has evolved since that time from her prototype, Avalokiteshvara, "the merciful lord of utter enlightment," an Indian bodhisattva who chose to remain on earth to bring relief to the suffering rather than enjoy for himself the ecstasies of Nirvana. One of the several stories surrounding Kwan Yin is that she was a Buddhist who, through great love and sacrifice during life, had earned the right to enter Nirvana after death. However, like Avlokiteshvara, while standing before the gates of Paradise, she heard a cry of anguish from the earth below. Turning back to earth, she renounced her reward of bliss eternal and in its place found immortality in the hearts of the suffering.
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I bought this figurine of the Egyptian Sun God, Ra, some years ago and he usually holds court from the centre of my dining table; though, for this photo-op, I persuaded him to temporarily take up a perch on top of the fridge in the kitchen. He didn't seem to mind. He was very dignified about it. Regal, even.  Wink   Cheesy

He's 53cm tall (approx 21 inches) and I got him from a nearby Egyptian bazaar here in Sydney.

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He's beautiful Kerry. I love figurines of any kind, and I also love miniatures.

I'm so glad he cooperated with his photo shoot! I think Ra is probably one of those gods you don't want to piss off. Wink

I've always had a fascination with the Egyptian gods. The Greek and Roman gods too. Particularly the Greek gods! Aphrodite, Zeus, Poseidon and of course Cupid! Cheesy
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He's beautiful Kerry. I love figurines of any kind, and I also love miniatures.

I'm so glad he cooperated with his photo shoot! I think Ra is probably one of those gods you don't want to piss off. Wink

I've always had a fascination with the Egyptian gods. The Greek and Roman gods too. Particularly the Greek gods! Aphrodite, Zeus, Poseidon and of course Cupid! Cheesy


The Egyptian gods are my favourites. Egypt has fascinated me from an early age. I even developed my own hieroglyphics when I was at school. I like the Greek gods too, especially Apollo. Lots of the Greek gods were bisexual and had male and female lovers. My favourite Roman god is the little known Antinous. He had been the lover of the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. He tragically drowned in the Nile at a very young age. Hadrian was in such deep mourning following his death, he had Antinous deified and commissioned many statues of him to be made and temples built throughout the Empire. Here he is. Isn't he gorgeous?





 
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And along comes Chuck with his inner child to take the thread in a different direction.


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Everyone has such cool, mature stuff that they've posted.

My favorite cartoon as a child was "The Super Friends".  There was a bit of memorbilia/marketing stuff out at that time, but my parents wouldn't buy me anything.  Some of what I have now, I got off of ebay.  Other stuff was released on the 20th anniversary of the cartoon's debut.  Let's start with two 8X10 pics of the "core group".





From the debut season, 1973.  The "core group" was Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman, and sidekicks/heros in training "Wendy, Marvin & Wonderdog".






From the 1976 season, after 3 years, Wendy, Marvin & WonderDog were replaced by the Wonder Twins (Zan & Jayna) and their pet monkey, Gleek.
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Now, onto my animation cels.....

Superman and Wonder Woman








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Flash & Green Lantern





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Hawkman & Hawkgirl







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The last 4 cels in the series, make me laugh.  The characters were created to make the cartoon "multi-cultural", so heros who were black, Native American, Asian, and Mexican were added.  However, their names were not originated from their powers, but from their race.

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Apache Chief & El Dorado







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Super Friends lunchbox.

Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Green Arrow, Flash, and Batgirl.





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Two Super Friends trade paperbacks featuring stories that ran in the comic series.



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Super Friends stationery set, and notebook.



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A cigarette case and lighter

*please note, these 2 are "homemade" items I won on ebay, and not official licensed merchandise.  DC Comics did not allow their characters to be used to promote smoking.*






a pillowcase group shot, and videos ordered off ebay.





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Last four shots, this is of a totally unique piece.


A few years ago, my younger brother was dating a very artistic woman.  She hand painted for me a group picture/plaque that lists almost all the characters on the cartoon.


Group shot:





Detail shot of Apache Chief, Rima the Jungle Girl, Batman, Wonder Twins, Firestorm



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Detail 2


Robin, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, El Dorado, Aquaman, Hawkgirl





Detail 3


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Madonna's 1st 12 full length albums, on vinyl.








Madonna, Like A Virgin, True Blue, Who's That Girl






You Can Dance, Like A Prayer, I'm Breathless, The Immaculate Collection





Erotica, Bedtime Stories, Something To Remember, Ray Of Light


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You own those cells?
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Yes, I own the cels.
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I envy you and wish that I owned them.

Where did you purchase them?
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Ebay is a treasure trove!

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Just how big is that Cellar?
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big enough!  Grin
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That's an absolutely brilliant collection you've got there, Chuck.  It's gotta be worth a fortune. Such collections as yours make for excellent investments. I love it, even though I've never heard of some of those super heroes. I suspect the drawings are probably worth big bucks, but so too would be such items as the lunch boxes. Fabulous collection. Congratulations.  Cheesy
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« Reply #67 on: January 29, 2009, 10:16:32 pm »

I love it, even though I've never heard of some of those super heroes.

Hiya Kerry, I'll help ya out with the names, and what their powers are, for the lesser known heros.





Detail shot of Apache Chief, Rima the Jungle Girl, Batman, Wonder Twins, Firestorm

Apache Chief:  Native American, Apache Chief can grow to the height of 50 feet tall.

Rima the Jungle Girl:  South American, Rima is a female Tarzan.  Has excellent combat skills, and can communicate with animals.

Wonder Twins:  Brother and sister from the planet Exxor.  When they touch thier hands together, it "activates" their shape shifting powers (called their 'Exxor powers').  Zan can turn into any water form (steam, clouds, ice, tornadoes) and Jayna can turn into any animal form.

Firestorm:  The nuclear man, Firestorm is actually two men in one body.  He can change the molecular make up of objects.








Robin, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, El Dorado, Aquaman, Hawkgirl

Robin:  Batman's sidekick.

Flash:  Fastest man alive, can run at supersonice speeds.

El Dorado:  From Mexico, El Dorado could teleport, read minds, and cast illusions.

Aquaman:  King of the 7 seas.  He could breath underwater, and use mental telepathy to communicate with sea life.

Hawkgirl:  Hawkman's wife.  Enhanced eyesight, flight, and excellent hand to hand combat skills.



Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Black Vulcan, Samauri

Green Lantern:  Possesses a ring that uses energy to create objects.  It is only limited by Green Lantern's will power.  Ring must be recharged every 24 hours.

Hawkman:  Hawkgirl's husband, same powers as Hawkgirl.

Black Vulcan:  Electricity powers.  Can shoot bolts of lightning from his hands, and fly.

Samuari:  From Japan, Samuari could turn himself into the wind, turn himself invisible, or turn himself into fire.
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Thanks for filling me in on who's who, Chuck. Except for a couple of the big names, most of them were new to me. Collections such as yours have been known to appreciate frantically in value. Like me with my gods, I'm sure the value aspect isn't the main reason why you collect. But it's still nice to know one's made wise investments, as I have no doubt you have.  Cheesy
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For some reason Hawkgirl and Hawkman make me think of that cute little girl from Adventures In Babysitting...








Very cool collection Chuck! Those cels and drawings are beautiful! Cheesy



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This is the great Egyptian god, Khnum. Though he doesn't have the same glam street-cred as some of his colleagues -  Ra, Osiris, Amon and Isis, for instance -  he was, nonetheless, a very important deity to the ancient Egyptians. It was the ram-headed god, Khnum, who fashioned the mortal bodies of all ancient Egyptians from clay, on his potter's wheel. Khnum wears one of the most flamboyant headdresses of all the Egyptian gods, the plumed Atef crown comprising of gilt horns, solar disc and ostrich plumes. He carries in his left hand a gilt sceptre symbolising strength and power. I bought this figurine some years ago at an Egyptian bazaar here in Sydney. It is 40cm (16 inches) tall. 



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« Reply #71 on: February 05, 2009, 04:11:54 pm »

Have you ever noticed how those male Greek, Egyptian and Roman gods always have nice bodies? Bulging pecs, broad shoulders, ripped abs......

*whew*

They ALWAYS have hot bodies! I never paid too much attention to the female ones, but I would imagine they probably look pretty good too, to a straight man or a gay woman.

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I love all your statues Kerry! I'm seriously thinking about starting my own collection of the various gods and goddesses. Those statues are beautiful. Cheesy

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Have you ever noticed how those male Greek, Egyptian and Roman gods always have nice bodies? Bulging pecs, broad shoulders, ripped abs......

*whew*

They ALWAYS have hot bodies! I never paid too much attention to the female ones, but I would imagine they probably look pretty good too, to a straight man or a gay woman.

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I love all your statues Kerry! I'm seriously thinking about starting my own collection of the various gods and goddesses. Those statues are beautiful. Cheesy

I agree, David. They are absolutely gorgeous. Probably the most stunning of all the gods IMHO is the Greek god, Apollo. He was an absolute knock-out! Drop-dead-gorgeous! And he was very fond of handsome young mortal men! I particularly love the legend of Apollo & Hyacinthus. Here's an account I found on the internet:

Apollo was passionately in love with a youth named Hyacinthus. He accompanied him in his sports, carried the nets when he went fishing, led the dogs when he went to hunt, followed him in his excursions in the mountains, and neglected for him his lyre and his arrows. One day they played a game of quoits together, and Apollo, heaving aloft the discus, with strength mingled with skill, sent it high and far. Hyacinthus watched it as it flew, and excited with the sport ran forward to seize it, eager to make his throw, when the quoit bounded from the earth and struck him in the forehead. He fainted and fell. The god, as pale as himself, raised him and tried all his art to staunch the wound and retain the flitting life, but all in vain; the hurt was past the power of medicine. As when one has broken the stem of a lily in the garden it hangs its head and turns its flowers to the earth, so the head of the dying Hyacinthus, as if too heavy for his neck, fell over on his shoulder. "Thou diest, Hyacinthus," so spoke Apollo, "robbed of thy youth by me. Thine is the suffering, mine the crime. Would that I could die for thee! But since that may not be, thou shalt live with me in memory and in song. My lyre shall celebrate thee, my song shall tell thy fate, and thou shalt become a flower inscribed with my regrets." While Apollo spoke, behold the blood which had flowed on the ground and stained the earth ceased to be blood; but a flower of hue more beautiful than the Tyrian sprang up, resembling the lily, if it were not that this is purple and that silvery white. And this was not enough for Apollo; but to confer still greater honour, he marked the petals with his sorrow, and inscribed "Ah! ah!" upon them, as we see to this day. The flower bears the name of Hyacinthus, and with every returning spring revives the memory of his fate. In another account, it was said that Zephyrus (the god of the west wind), who was also in love with Hyacinthus and jealous of his preference of Apollo, blew the quoit out of its course to make it strike Hyacinthus.


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Here are a bunch of pics of the items I have in my Brokie collection.  Some of it is personal stuff, not licensed in any way, but it's all Brokeback related.


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BetterMost bean can given to me at the first BBQ in Texas.  A "Jack & Ennis" rubber duckie given to be by a Brokie, some pins from other gatherings, the nametag I got in Colorado.
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A pic of the mural on the Riverton, Wy post office, a "Joker/Ennis" pin, name badges from gatherings in Co., Ca., and Oxford UK., and an "Auntie's 24 Hour Diner" mug.
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Oxford UK name badge, dozy embrace pin, Auntie's 24 Hour Diner mug and stein, and a medal from the first BBQ in Texas.
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In the back, 3 pics from the movie.  Jack & Ennis by the fire, Jack watching Ennis ride off from the Dozy Embrace (given to me by a Brokie), and the Dozy Embrace.  Each frame has ticket stubs from times I saw Brokeback.
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In front of the pics, from the right, my harmonica from Colorado.  A dragonfly given to me in honor of Heath and Jackie in Wyoming, my Wyoming name badge and quarter, and an Ennis & Jack dog tag.
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Pieces of handmade pottery given to me by a Brokie (made by gnash), a bandana from the Texas BBQ, some teddy bears from a Brokie, and two drawnings given out at the Oxford gathering (made by Janie G).
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a close up of one of the pottery pieces done by gnash
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Close ups of Janie-G's pics....this does not do them justice.
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My Wyoming postcard, autographed copy of the short story, my copy of the Oscar winning score, official soundtrack, a copy of a friend playing "The Wings" on the organ, the "For your consideration" book, the "Story to Screenplay" book, and my copy of "Beyond Brokeback".
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A pic of me, given to me by Ben Franklin taken on the Wyoming trip, in Crazy Woman Canyon.
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An original pencil sketch done by artist Jeff Eckert.
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the same pencil sketch at a different angle.

Jeff has a web page, and he does personal sketches, as well as Hollywood sketches.  He does these only in limited numbers.  I'm not sure how many of these he has left.

If you want to see more of his work, here's a link to his site.


http://jeffeckert.com/
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Oxford T-Shirt, signed by Brokies who attended the event.
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Thanks for posting all these pics of your great Brokie items!  Very cool!  Smiley

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« Reply #91 on: February 16, 2009, 04:12:31 pm »

wow, a great collection there, Chuck!
I love the BBM pottery!
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Oxford T-Shirt, signed by Brokies who attended the event.

I can see "Sonja" on your t-shirt!! That lovely lady was at the gathering in Trosa this fall!! As was Buffymoon and ....me!!
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Shameless plug here, but hey!


Kerry - when I was in India - i thought of you quite a lot and your interest in the hindi gods and your little collectibles you had shown here.

I took a lot of pics of stuff like that when i was in india...

You can see some of them here - http://bettermost.net/forum/index.php/topic,23310.30.html and also on about the 2nd last page there is a link to my facebook page with photos of the statues in Elephanta Island which are 100's of years old.
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Shameless plug here, but hey!

Kerry - when I was in India - i thought of you quite a lot and your interest in the hindi gods and your little collectibles you had shown here.

I took a lot of pics of stuff like that when i was in india...

You can see some of them here - http://bettermost.net/forum/index.php/topic,23310.30.html and also on about the 2nd last page there is a link to my facebook page with photos of the statues in Elephanta Island which are 100's of years old.

Stunning pics, Kelda. You both look so blissfully happy, especially in the pic where you're sitting together on dear, sweet Diana's sad, solitary bench at the Taj Mahal. It's a lovely photo. Very romantic. And I absolutely adore your glittery, lilac scarf!  Cheesy
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Stunning pics, Kelda. You both look so blissfully happy, especially in the pic where you're sitting together on dear, sweet Diana's sad, solitary bench at the Taj Mahal. It's a lovely photo. Very romantic. And I absolutely adore you glittery, lilac scarf!  Cheesy

Why thank you kerry!  Cheesy  Kiss Did you see the ones on facebook too?

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=101900&id=560055906&l=aa740
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One of those albums holda a good few pictures of the hinid god statues and sculptures I talked about. I have probably about 50 of that alone but I didn't think too many people would be too interested in seeing them all so only uploaded a few!

You can read more about elephanta island at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephanta_Island

This is one of the amazing sculpures and was about twice to three times the height of me.



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What a wonderful idea!

In a meeting, ask all to sign one's T-shirt!

Did Ennis and Jake sign any ??

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Why thank you kerry!  Cheesy  Kiss Did you see the ones on facebook too?

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=101900&id=560055906&l=aa740
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One of those albums holda a good few pictures of the hinid god statues and sculptures I talked about. I have probably about 50 of that alone but I didn't think too many people would be too interested in seeing them all so only uploaded a few!

You can read more about elephanta island at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephanta_Island

This is one of the amazing sculpures and was about twice to three times the height of me.

(Oh and PS - I had a dream with you in it last night - you came to my house with lonleeb3 and opinionista and you showed me how to blend different types of tea to make the perfect brew!)

Your facebook pics are beautiful, Kelda. Many of them are so beautifully atmospheric. They look quite misty. I'm guessing, however, that it's probably not mist in India. Is it heat haze? Lots of animals to be seen - elephants and monkeys and cows. Spectacularly beautiful monumental buildings.  Cheesy

I'm a tea fanatic, Kelda. It's my poison of choice. Couldn't cope without my daily tea fix. Strictly only ever brewed in a pot. Never tea bags. You must be psychic to have picked that up about me!  Shocked
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Not psychic - I know you like your tea  from posts on Bettermost - must have been a subconsious thing!
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This is very good news! Cheesy


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M.I. Hummel figurines find new home at old location

Rodental, 6 February 2009 -
Investor takes over manufacturing facilities and rights for M.I. Hummel figurines by Goebel
Newly founded Manufaktur Ršdental GmbH plans to resume M.I. Hummel production in February, initially with around 30 employees.

The reorganisation of Goebel Porcelain Factory is now complete

Rodental/Frankfurt-Hochst, 06 February 2009. M.I. Hummel figurines have found a new home in an old location. Starting in February, the production of M.I. Hummel figurines is to resume in Ršdental after ceasing in October 2008. The figurines have been popular throughout the world for over 70 years and are based on designs by Maria Innocentia Hummel. The resumption of production is possible thanks to a new owner who has taken over all the necessary rights and manufacturing facilities from former manufacturer Goebel Porcelain Factory. Manufaktur Ršdental GmbH, which has been newly founded for the purpose, plans to resume operation initially with around 30 employees and will continue the tradition of M.I. Hummel production in Ršdental. "We have completed our restructuring by selling the M.I. Hummel business. Goebel is now exclusively focussed on our very successful glass and porcelain accessories for the home and as gifts," says Kay Michel, Managing Director of Goebel Porcelain Factory on signing the contract of sale with Manufaktur Ršdental GmbH.

The experience and expertise of M.I. Hummel employees in demand

"Our aim is to return to the high standing that M.I. Hummel figurines used to enjoy with fans and collectors in their heyday. We aim to emphasise originality, excellence and quality rather than quantity," says Jšrg Kšster, owner and managing director of Manufaktur Ršdental.

Kšster plans to make use of the over 70 years of experience available on location in Ršdental when the company resumes M.I. Hummel production. Newly founded Manufaktur Ršdental GmbH will thus be able to rely on all the manufacturing facilities, shapes, colours and rights belonging to Goebel Porcelain Factory's former "M.I. Hummel" business area, which made
M.I. Hummel figurines famous throughout the world. The quality of form and colour that is characteristic of M.I. Hummel figurines is dependent for the most part on the ability and skills of employees during production. To preserve continuity and quality in this area, the workforce of Manufaktur Ršdental are being recruited from the former M.I. Hummel team. "It was important to us to be able to build on their wealth of experience," says Kšster. He is a familiar face in the industry. When he took over Hochster Porcelain Factory in Frankfurt in 2001, he took on a difficult task. Nevertheless, he succeeded in gearing this historic brand to the spirit of the times and in reaching new target groups with high spending power.

M.I. Hummel Club to be continued

Manufaktur Ršdental is based at the old site on the Goebel premises, for which it has concluded a long-term rental contract. For the approximately 130,000 members of the M.I. Hummel Club worldwide, there is yet more good news. "We will retain the service for lovers and collectors and, given the opportunity, expand it further," Kšster announced.

More information about Goebel Porzellanmanufaktur:

Goebel Porzellanmanufaktur has designed and manufactured handcrafted figurines, crockery and ornaments in porcelain since its founding in 1871. In 1935 the first porcelain M.I. Hummel figurines were produced in Ršdental and were manufactured there until the end of October 2008. As part of the company's reorganisation, which is designed to safeguard its future, Goebel has since concentrated exclusively on accessories in the gift and home area. With its Artis Orbis, Adam & Ziege, Bianco e Nero, Nina & Marco, Paradise Garden, Rosina Wachtmeister and Teatime Treasures product lines, and its own Goebel brand, the company has been able to position itself well in this market.

More information about Hochster Porzellan-Manufaktur:

Hochster Porzellan-Manufaktur was established in 1746 by decree of the ruling prince, making it the second oldest porcelain manufacturer in Germany. Ever since, the Mainz wheel has been the trademark of Hochster Porcelain. Its range includes the manufacture and production of hard porcelain of the very highest, handcrafted quality (biscuit porcelain, white glazed and painted porcelain) for gifts and accessories as well as figurines and sculptures. It also makes reproductions of historic porcelain art, exclusive special developments, limited editions, collectors' items and contemporary porcelain art. Since 2002, the "Transparent Manufactory" has been open to groups of visitors. For the last six years, the factory has concentrated on modern design in shape and decoration, and sees its focus as high-quality gift and home accessories. Some of its new products have already been awarded design prizes.


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« Reply #100 on: March 07, 2016, 10:53:02 pm »

Here are the latest additions to my Super Friends collection!

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Figures Toy Company is issuing dolls like the types they had in the 70s, in full cloth costumes.  To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Super Friends cartoon, they are doing a set of Super Friends dolls.




Superman,  Robin,  Samurai,  Apache Chief
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« Reply #101 on: March 07, 2016, 10:54:24 pm »


The Wonder Twins arrived today!


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« Reply #102 on: March 07, 2016, 10:56:48 pm »


The carrying case came at the same time.

I took the image on the front out, because the plastic kept reflecting the flash.  The case is almost 2 ft across and 1 ft wide.

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« Reply #103 on: March 07, 2016, 10:57:36 pm »


This is the image on the front of the case, behind the plastic.

It makes a great  poster!


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« Reply #104 on: March 08, 2016, 10:52:44 am »

Don't let my grandsons see these!! They would have a cow!
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« Reply #105 on: March 08, 2016, 04:02:42 pm »

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I normally don't do anything Christmas related until AFTER Thanksgiving has passed. However, I found this on Ebay, and since it was something I wanted to use to decorate for Christmas, I splurged for it.  Smiley
It's a collection of the characters from the Rankin Bass "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" cartoon. I'm adding a character list to each picture.





A larger "New Year's" Abominable Snowman, a smaller Abominable Snowman, a Santa figure, traditional garbed Santa Claus, two different Yukon Cornelius figures, and two Sam the Snowman, who narrated and sang in the cartoon.
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Coach Comet, in charge of the reindeer games, Clarice, Rudolph's girlfriend, young Rudolph, older Rudolph, two figures of Hermie, the elf that wants to be a dentist, the boss elf, and the tall elf.
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The Misfit Toys - King Moonracer, the guardian of the Island of Misfit Toys, the spotted elephant, the train with square wheels, the water gun that squirts jelly, two airplanes that can't fly, a Charlie in the Box, the cowboy who rides an ostrich, and Dolly.
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« Reply #109 on: July 31, 2017, 06:45:18 pm »


and look who was waiting for me when I got home today!







The newest addition to my Super Friends "shrine".....Funko Pop super heroes, and their version of The Wonder Twins.
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Still some more figures to arrive or be released, but the collection is getting there. My original plan was to keep them in their packaging, but that took up too much space, so I the packages stored safely in the basement, and the figures on display. More stands are on order.


Full collection so far, with Legion of Doom on the left, Super Friends on the right, and the case.
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Close up of the case and some figures.
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Front: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman & Wendy and Marvin

Middle: Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, El Dorado, and Wonder Twins.

Back: Firestorm, Cyborg, Green Lantern, & Flash

Waiting for release of Hawkman and Hawkwoman
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Front: Gorilla Godd, Scarecrow, Bizarro, Toyman, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy & Lex Luthor

Middle: Riddler, Black Manta, Sinestro & Captain Cold

Waiting for arrival of Brainiac and release of Giganta
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Just when you think there will be no more Super Friends stuff to collect, Fan Sets puts out a line of pins.

So far they've released Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin, Aquaman, Flash, Hawkman, Apache Chief, Firestorm, and Cyborg.

I contacted them, and they said for the rest of the year, the plan to release Green Lantern, Black Vulcan, Samurai, El Dorado, Hawkwoman, Rima the Jungle Girl, Atom, and the Wonder Twins.
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« Reply #115 on: April 24, 2018, 09:13:43 am »

"Rima the Jungle Girl"?

Oh, dear. ...

What, is she, like, 12?
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« Reply #116 on: April 24, 2018, 06:08:33 pm »

For some reason, most female superheroes are referred to as "girl".   The obvious exception is Wonder Woman.  We have Supergirl, Hawkgirl (who later became Hawkwoman), Batgirl, Power Girl, Marvel Girl, and there are others.

Rima is a full grown woman, who is basically a female Tarzan.   She swings from vines (when available), is a skilled tracker, and can communicate with animals.


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« Reply #117 on: July 22, 2018, 11:20:41 pm »


I just found (and bought) on ebay a piece of super friends memorabilia that I didn't know existed.

I have the bed sheets (stored away), but never knew there was a bed cover as well.

I managed to snag it for only $20.00!


Here are two different shots.


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« Reply #119 on: July 26, 2018, 04:15:54 pm »

I spent  some of my "stay-cation" on Tuesday and today getting all my vinyl records organized and put into an Excel spreadsheet.

I have approximately 700 singles/albums!

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Here are 4 pics of some of my "specialty" items.


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« Reply #123 on: July 27, 2018, 10:35:11 am »

What an impressive collection! So, these are 45s?
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« Reply #124 on: July 27, 2018, 10:38:07 am »

Thanks Lee.

The only one that's a 45 is the one that's shaped like Madonna, second picture from the top of this page, the record in the middle.

The rest are album sized.
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« Reply #125 on: July 27, 2018, 01:28:35 pm »

The only one that's a 45 is the one that's shaped like Madonna, second picture from the top of this page, the record in the middle.

When my dad was in the hospital last winter, I was looking through his desk (which used to be my desk/the desk in my old bedroom) to make sure I knew where everything important was located, in case I needed it. In the bottom of one drawer I found a small stack of old 45s, most with the little plastic piece you could buy to put in the center so that you could play the 45 on a turntable with a narrow spindle (the kind used for LPs).

Most of those records dated from around 1980, give or take a few years, but one went all the way back to "Harper Valley PTA," by Jeannie C. Riley.

IIRC, the stack had a couple Hall and Oates songs. I'm sure I remember the theme from the TV show "The Greatest American Hero," and also a song called "Key Largo" ("We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall") by someone named Bertie Higgins.  I think there was also a single of "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," by Rupert Holmes.

I'm not even sure I've got anything to play those records anymore. I'll have to remember to check if my turntable has a 45 speed. They could be played on my old stereo (still in my dad's house), but I don't know if that even works anymore.
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« Reply #126 on: July 27, 2018, 02:44:18 pm »

Hiya Jeff!

I remember the piece of plastic that went inside the 45, and I remember all those songs you've listed, and liked them all.

Especially "Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins!



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