Hummel Postcard & Artwork eLetter #50
NEW WEB SITE! ADD TO YOUR FAVORITES!
NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES!!
firstname.lastname@example.org (note it is plural)
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ON EVERY EMAIL THAT I SEND TO YOU THERE IS A BUSINESS CARD LIKE BELOW SO THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS REACH US or OUR WEB SITE!
Das ,,BumbleBees" Haus
M.I. Hummel figurines
How easy to remember both our web site address and our email addresses!! Just think of our business name and you can't miss us!
Sad News for Hummel Collectors that knew Gerhard!
Gerhard Skrobek, 85, Artisan Behind Hummel Figurines, Dies
Gerhard Skrobek, the premier postwar artisan of Hummel figurines, the rosy-cheeked porcelain people that have graced millions of mantels around the world for nearly three-quarters of a century, died on July 1, near Coburg, Germany. He was 85 and lived in Coburg. Mr. Skrobek, who had leukemia, died of complications of heart surgery, said Tiffany Fox, a family spokeswoman.
Until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Skrobek was the master sculptor at the Goebel porcelain company in Rödental, Germany, which manufactures Hummelware. There he updated classic designs of the past and oversaw the production of new ones.
Gerhard Skrobek was born on May 22, 1922, in Leobschutz, in Upper Silesia, the son of Günther and Edith Kornblum Skrobek. He studied art in Berlin before joining the Goebel company in 1951.Mr. Skrobek is survived by his wife, Sieglinde; four children, Martin, Stephan, Suzanne and Victoria; a sister, Ingeborg Larsen; and one grandchild.Besides working quietly in the porcelain factory, Mr. Skrobek also served in a more public capacity as a roving ambassador for Hummel.COBURG GERMANY, VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES By MARGALIT FOX Published: July 27, 2007
IT IS ONLY FITTING !
PFE was a Possible Future Edition since 1980 when Gerhard Skrobek first modeled it!!
It is only fitting that
Bees Price $ 289
THE REST OF THE FALL PREMIER COLLECTION WILL BE ON OUR WEB SITE IN THE NEXT WEEK!
A NEW DAY!
Thankfully the new owners of Goebel have had lots of experience with running a business properly. They are well known for their sucesses at turning a business around and making collectors happy! Below is what a fellow collector wrote me after a visit to the factory.
Goebel News: The company that produces M. I. Hummel figurines
WE WILL HONOR GOEBELS SALE FOR THE ITEMS WE HAVE IN STOCK!
This picture proves Randy and I can laugh at ourselves!
While waiting for our little grandson, Cooper, to be born I decided to go through some family pictures
and found this picture of the family before our last son, Derek was born.
TOP ROW- JERRY AND MIKE, BOTTOM AARON AND ANDY
Mike, our second son in age was actually
our first son. (FUNNY STORY- when you look at Mike you can see why the people in the
church I had grown up in thought that Mike and Jerry were Randy's children from a previous
marriage. We always looked older so they thought he was 25 which would have still
been pushing it since Jerry was seven and Mike six!)
Mike's first years before we met had been difficult and we were told that he probably wouldn't warm to me immediately because I was a woman.
"They" were wrong.
The first time we met Mike he was just shy of his sixth birthday and he immediately walked in the room and sat on my lap.
No question we wanted to take him home and help him have a wonderful life.
He has always been a wonderful brother to Jerry, Aaron, Andy and Derek
Though unfortunately health problems haven't always allowed him to lead as full a life as we want for him as his parents,
Mike never complains and works everyday to keep his life active and fun.
Mike's grandfather moved near us after his
wife died and has lived in our town for almost 10 years now.
Like Mike he is a wonderful part of our family and we are lucky to have him as a part of the ever-growing McKenrick family!
In 1980 just after Andy was born everything was finally in place for us to adopt both Jerry and Mike. Jerry wears a hearing aid which can really be a problem when microphones are involved. Jerry was so nervous waiting to be called into the adoption hearing and my sister said he changed his hearing aid batteries. But I had made sure the good ones were in the hearing aid. Unfortunately the ones in had in his pocket were not fresh.
We were in the adoption hearing at our brand new court house and the judge with a microphone said "Jerry do you want your parents to adopt you?" He stood up straight and said "No". We were all stunned because Jerry had been asking for this for sometime and had told everyone he knew that he was being adopted.
Jerry looked around at a room full of stunned faces and realized things were not what he expected. Fortunately, Randy thinking fast, could speak and said "I don't think his hearing aid is working." The judge, who knew how much Jerry wanted to be adopted, laughed and asked the question again. Jerry said "yes, yes oh yes!" which got us all laughing!
When it came Mike's turn to answer this question for the judge, Jerry was right in his ear telling him to say "Yes!"