Hummel

Hummel figurines (also known as M.I. Hummel) are a series of porcelain figurines based on the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F.

In the 1930s, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel created sketch arts of pastoral children and she would create them into postcards, later to be known as "art cards". These art cards caught the eye of Franz Goebel, porcelain maker and head of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. Goebel acquired the rights to turn these art cards into porcelain figurines, releasing his first line of hummels in 1935. Goebel was one of the many mid-sized porcelain firms competing in the US markets. Due to his skill in marketing, they quickly became popular in the US in the 1930s. American soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending these very figurines back home as gifts, and because of this, hummels became a popular collector's item. Hummels were no longer in production as of 2008.