by noah 01 Feb 2020

I wondered where these people/things came from and this is what I found out :(:(My Machine didn't like the words Love Ya :(:(

The first garden gnomes that were mass-produced also came from Germany in the 1870s. The two big names in gnome manufacturing were Philipp Griebel and August Heissner, with Heissner becoming known around the world for his gnomes.

Unfortunately, the world wars wiped out most garden gnome production in Germany, and beginning in the 1960s, the plastic gnomes we know today came on the scene. These gnomes are campy and cartoonish, and many people don't like them.

In the 1980s, companies in the Czech Republic and Poland started to make gnomes and flooded the market with cheaper imitations of the German products.

The American company, Kimmel Gnomes, is one of the few manufacturers of clay and resin gnomes that are finished by hand and not mass-produced. People who want a gnome with some soul seek out these, which come in a variety of sizes and poses.

Why Gnomes
The history of gnomes also passes along the folklore and why you would want one in your garden. Gnomes are known as symbols of good luck.

Originally, gnomes were thought to provide protection, especially of buried treasure and minerals in the ground. They are still used today to watch over crops and livestock, often tucked into the rafters of a barn or placed in the garden.

A garden gnome adds a bit of whimsy and a connection to the old world, where farmers believed the good luck charm could help their fields yield more produce and protect them from thieves, pests and other problems. They were also thought to help gardeners in the night, which we all could use!

Gnomes in Folklore
The mythical gnomes in history were thought to live underground, and their name is thought to derive from a Latin word for earth dweller. They were popular in German fairy tales and were often described as old men who guarded treasure.

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by blueeyedblonde 06 Feb 2020

He's cute!

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noah by noah 09 Feb 2020

Thanks hugs xx

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by sewtired 03 Feb 2020

Thanks Carolyn. An interesting read and a cute gnome.

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noah by noah 03 Feb 2020

Thanks 4 looking hugs

constancedial by constancedial 05 Feb 2020

Thanks Carolyn, I love gnomes and the history you provided. Now love them more.

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by pennyhal2 02 Feb 2020

I didn't know that your machine goofed up the design...until I read it! Looks fine to me! I'll have to go out and get a gnome and bury it! My roses could use a little help.

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noah by noah 02 Feb 2020

only if it is made out of manure lol

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by sonjapotgieter 02 Feb 2020

So Pretty!!!

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noah by noah 02 Feb 2020

thanks:):)

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by sebsews 02 Feb 2020

Very informative. Thanks. Sorry your letters kinda goofed up but still a cute towel.

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noah by noah 02 Feb 2020

Someone will like it at the sally ann (good will)

queenofhearts by queenofhearts 02 Feb 2020

Here Sally's would suggest Salvation Army store.

noah by noah 02 Feb 2020

yep u got it:):)

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by lidiad 01 Feb 2020

That's cute, Carolyn, Thanks for the letting us know all about the gnomes.
Hugs, Lidia

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noah by noah 02 Feb 2020

My pleasure

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by basketkase 01 Feb 2020

So cute, Carolyn and thank you for the bio on gnomes..didn't know any of it.......

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noah by noah 01 Feb 2020

thanks me either i think there not so good :(:(

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by Midnight1 01 Feb 2020

Thanks for all the information

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noah by noah 01 Feb 2020

your welcome

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