Sunday, December 11, 2011

"How did it get so late so soon?

Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"
~Dr. Seuss
I went out to get the paper this morning, and the moon was bright in the sky across the street...the air finally had a winter chill...the bird bath had iced over...and Harry was a bit upset with the frosty leaves...But, I thought this is what winter holidays should represent. Not the madness of buying stuff, but especially for us in the areas where the climate changes, the calm of a chilly morning...the frosty feel...the peace and quiet.

Enjoy the old fashioned holiday spirit...I can remember going with my father to Woolworth's to buy my mother something for Christmas. I usually picked out a figurine...
These are the Erich Stauffer figurines. I call them "Hummel-wanna-bes"...although in today's market, the Hummels are not bringing the money they used to, and Hummmels are no longer the expensive figurine.

Still, I love the Stauffer figurines. According to my research, Erich Stauffer designed fake versions of Hummels and Kalk figurines for Arnart from 1953 to 1970 under the brands Arnart Imports, 5th Avenue, ArMark, Royal Carlton, Royal Chintz, and Royal Crown.Arnart is known by its crown and crossed arrow symbols on the bottom, some of which are printed with numbers in a series in porcelain or on a sticker. Erich Stauffer, a traditional German name, may even have been invented to make it seem as though the Arnart imports were from Germany. This could explain why it is so hard to find out information about Erich Stauffer, the designer. After World War II, Arnart was part of the influx of cheap Japanese imports flooding the US market. Arnart’s imitations began to tarnish their brand so in 1957 Arnart changed their name to “5th Avenue” after securing their 5th Avenue office in downtown New York and stopped using a printed stamped “Made in Japan” pottery mark, replacing it with a “Made in Japan” sticker. In 2000, 5th Avenue changed their name again to Arnart Imports Inc.Many think these figurines are 1940s since the war would have prevented imports from Germany, but that is not true since production began after the war. It was simply a matter of producing inexpensive items for the 5 & 10s (now the $1.00 stores!). There is something old-fashioned about them though...nostalgia got the best of me this morning!!!

I still have more flower frogs to show you, but that full moon this morning took me down a different path.

"A full moon hangs high in the chilly sky,
All say it's the same everywhere, round and bright.
But how can one be sure thousands of li away
Wind and perhaps rain may not be marring the night?"
~Li Qiao, The Mid-Autumn Moon

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