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Villages & Houses

For much more on villages and houses "Papa Ted's" is the place to be

1- Village candy containers, consisting of 9 buildings. They vary in height from 3,5 to 5 cm, the steeple is 9,3cm. Nicely decorated on all sides, the roofs with mica. They come in one box, with no markings on the box, nor on the sets.

Boxed set also shown “Candy Containers”.


2 - A variety of cardboard houses, each with a hole in the back for a light. The windows and doors are either covered with paper or mica, usually red. The castle, largest, is 15 x 7cm and 9,5 cm high, while the smallest is 7 x 4cm and 5cm high. This is the only one with a hook for hanging. Two are stamped "JAPAN".
5 - Again a variety of cardboard houses, but without light insert. Only the big house has red mica windows. Two have a hook for hanging. The smallest, the church, has a paper label, stamped “JAPAN”. Dimensions: the largest is 7 x 6cm and 9,5cm high, while the others are 7 x 4,5cm and 5,5cm high, the church is 5 x 3cm and 6cm high.
6 - Mica flocked houses with lights inserted in the roof. They are probably Japanese, of the late 1940s, early 1950s or thereabout. No markings, with the exception on the back of the church, the number ' B 439' or 'B 438'. Is also shown in the lights section.
7 - Large light houses and churches are put in the window at Christmas time and lighted with a candle or a light bulb.
Early ones are on a wooden stand (1930-1950), while the later ones are on a cardboard stand. Origin is Erzgebirge, and “Lichterhaus, Forsthaus” are still made today.
This one is decorated with greenery, ground glass, a dog on the left and a dwarf on the right. I think that originally it was lighted with a candle and was later adapted to electric lighting; it still has its old porcelain holder.
Dimensions: base is 40cm x 20cm and is 40cm high, steeple included.

8 - Cardboard light house (Weihnachtshaus, Christmas house, ...) very attractively with a cat and a bird on the sides, its cardboard frame backed with colored, transparant paper. The front door opens and there is room for a candle, with an opening in the middle of the roof for the heat and the smoke. It is unmarked and resembles some of the cardboard lanterns.

Dimensions: ca 21,5 x 20 x 12,5cm


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"Toy Shop S.Claus prop." Pop-up cover of an LP album; dimensions 63cm wide x 24 cm high. LP album: “Ronco presents a Christmas present” P 11772 stereo, published in 1973.
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Pop-up scene of “ Father Christmas” entering a house. It is signed “V. Kubasta”, a well known illustrator, and it is repeated on the front cover; in the left corner is “103”; on the back is mentioned “FOREIGN”. When you handlel the lever at the bottom, the eyes and mouth open and close and a funny animal face (the sun ?) and moon appear/disappear.
It comes in its original envelope, somewhat torn.
Dimensions: 44,5 cm wide x 27cm high.
It is portrayed in “Christmas Revisited”, page 66, by Robert Brenner, as being of the 1930’s, but other information presently available dates it 1950’s – 1960’s. For more information on V. Kubasta 's work visit the site Crechemania

Details of the house show how intricate and detailed the pop-up is:
left : the left window
middle and right: inside of the house

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Nativity

These are also shown in the separate page Nativity

These two and the next two are nativity scenes made by children in school. We think they date from the 1950s. Two have the children’s names on them.Here the first one is made by Gino.
This one has been made by a Quick Walter.
No name.
N1-2-3
The above four are nativity scenes made by children in school. We think they date from the 1950s. Two have the children’s names on them. "Gino" and "Quick Walter".

Text: "Vrede op aarde" en "Komt allen tot mij!"
("Peace on earth" and "Come all to Me !")

Text:"Vrede op aarde !" and on the back "Gelukkig Kerstfeest"
( "Peace on earth !"; "Merry Christmas")
N38 and N39
Two other nativity scenes made by school children; two round cardboards glued together and at the base they are split to form a stand, but it does not work at all; scraps are used for the nativity. Probably date from the late 50s, as they were found together with other self-made paper ornaments and gift cards, which were dated.
Fold-out nativity, dimensions 26,5 cm wide x 14 cm high; “Made in U.S.A.”
Fold-out nativity, dimensions 16cm wide x 12 cm high; “Printed in Belgium”.
N4
Fold-out nativity, dimensions 26,5 cm wide x 14 cm high; “Made in U.S.A.”
N5
Fold-out nativity, dimensions 16cm wide x 12 cm high; “Printed in Belgium”.
This is just a sheet,  to be folded as shown; dimensions approx.  26 cm wide x 12 cm high; no indication of where it has been printed.
Fold-out; dimensions  34 cm wide x  27,5 cm high; printed in Belgium
N7
This is just a sheet, to be folded as shown; dimensions approx. 26 cm wide x 12 cm high; no indication of where it has been printed.
N14
Fold-out; dimensions 34 cm wide x 27,5 cm high; printed in Belgium.
 

N8
The next nativity scene consists of a folder (first and second photo) with three sheets of cut-out figures. The design is by Jacques Gouppy, who also made postcards illustrations, of which some are shown in the section "cards".
Publisher's: GBB (Gérard Blanchart, Brussels)
Dimensions: 24,5 cm x 16 cm.
Printed in Belgium.

N18
Nativity published in bookform and to be cut out to form the nativity scene. Illustrations by Imagil.
Dimensions of book, closed: 29 x 28 cm.
"Gordinne", “IMPRIME EN BELGIQUE par la S.I.R.E.C., Liège” (Printed in Belgium by the S.I.R.E.C., Liège) and "Editions Chagor - Liège".
Fold-out; printed in Italy A/1; dimensions  28 cm wide x 23 cm high; the next one is by the same printer.
N9
Fold-out; the logo "AR" in a circle and "Imprimé en Italy Printed in Italy A/1" is printed in the bottom left corner; dimensions 28 cm wide x 23 cm high.

N23
Fold-out; the logo "AR" in a circle and "Imprimé en Italy Printed in Italy A/2" is printed in the bottom left corner; dimensions 31cm wide x 22,5 high; by the same printer as the previous one, N9 and the next one N10.

Fold-out; dimensions  29,5  cm wide x 20,5 high; printed in Italy A/3; by the same printer as the previous one.
N10
Fold-out; the logo "AR" in a circle and "Imprimé en Italy Printed in Italy A/3" is printed in the bottom left corner; dimensions 29,5 cm wide x 20,5 high; by the same printer as the two previous ones.

N26
Nativity fold-out scene with the standard figures.
Bottom left it says “Printed in Belgium” and at the right a logo, I think " ???print B" and "C 16”.
Dimensions: 30 x 22,5 cm.

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N28
Small fold-out nativity scene. The sheep, which is a separate scrap, is marked in green print “MADE IN GERMANY” and so is the crib scene, while the palm trees on both sides of the front scene are each marked “GERMANY” in brown. So they are two separate pieces, masked by the sheep.
Judging by the quality of the cardboard, it is of the 1920s-1930s.
Dimensions: 15 x 12 cm.

N29
Nativity fold-out scene with the standard manger figures.
Marked in the left bottom corner “Printed in Belgium” and bottom right “….print/B  C 8”.  
Dimensions: 22,5 x 16,5cm.

Fold-out; dimensions  21 cm wide x 15 cm high; as on the first scene is printed "imprimé en Allemagne" and on the second "Printed in Germany" this fold-out is probably a marriage; judging by the design the front scene and the inner scene belong together, while the  outer building belongs to another.  For an original set, see the next photo.
N13
Fold-out; dimensions 15,5 cm wide x 12 cm high; no indication of where it was printed.
N11
Fold-out; dimensions 21 cm wide x 15 cm high; as on the first scene is printed "imprimé en Allemagne" and on the second in red "Printed in Germany" this fold-out is probably a marriage; judging by the design the front scene and the inner scene belong together, while the outer building belongs to another. For an original set, see the next photo, N12.
Fold-out; dimensions 30cm wide x 21 cm high. This is a larger version of the previous one; in the left bottom corner is printed in red “Printed in Germany”.
N12
Fold-out; dimensions 30cm wide x 21 cm high. This is a larger version of the previous one, N11; in the left bottom corner is printed in red “Printed in Germany” and in the right bottom corner in black “Imprimé en Allemagne”.
N22
Small fold-out crèche; no indication of origin or printer; dimensions 14cm x 10,5 cm.

N37
Fold-out Nativity scene, 5 layers not counting the back.  Red mica behind the comet star of the stable, and the moon and stars in the sky in the background. Made of very thick cardboard, and dates from around the early 1900, judging by the cardboard and the printing.
No mention of country or publisher.

Dimensions: 39,50 x 32,50cm.

N51
Small, postcard size fold-out Nativity scene, 2 layers not counting the back.  On the back is handwritten "Joyeux Noël et Bonne et heureuse Année 1937! A notre chère Alice. Famille Hofman" and the dealer's label is still attached, reading "Papeterie du Parvis Felix De Rey 53, Avenue J. Volders Bruxelles T. 37.28.27".



Dimensions: 13,7cm x 9cm

N52
Fold-out Nativity scene, 3 layers not counting the back.  Red mica behind the three windows of the stable. Made of thick cardboard and still thickly embosses. Marked with a logo "coloprint B" (?) and "C 10" and "Made in Belgium".
There are a few others in this collection with the same logo.

Dimensions: 33,5cm x 27cm.

N40
Fold-out Nativity scene, same design both sides. Signed "Artelius", and is by the Swedish artist Helge Artelius (1895-1989).

Dimensions: total length 87cm and 18cm high.
N41
Nativity with Advent calendar on the roof, numbered from 1 thru 24, with biblical scenes (I think) behind them. When folded-up the front and the back show the night scene and "Merry Christmas" in different languages and the assembly instructions.
On the front is the signature “H-HF”, while on the back is the publisher’s name “COPYRIGHT JOHN BRADFORD LIMITED TORONTO, CANADA”.
I have not been able to find much information about this firm. The earliest is 1968, if it is him, was registered under the ref. CA311580, status expunged, and “Red Farm Studio”; CA357476, 1972-1976, status Registered, John Bradford Ltd. & Design, with terrestial globes logo.
Help! needed here please.

signature
Dimensions: closed: 27,5cm x 18,5cm, open: 27,5cm x 29,5cm, top of palm tree included.
Is also shown under the Advent Calendar section, under A126.
 
N6: Pop-up nativity, Vojtech Kubasta, Prague 1974; dimensions: 32 cm wide x 21,5 cm high, with “Silent Night” in three languages on the back cover. There is another version where the lyrics seem to have been forgotten, and a larger version with cellophane windows. Additional info on: http://crechemania.com/php/modules.php?name=Conteudo&pa=showpage&pid=107
N15
Pop-up, front and back, cover of an LP album; dimensions 63cm wide x 22 cm high.
Album: “Ronco presents a Christmas Gift”, P12430 stereo, published in 1974.

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N42 Pop-up cover of a Heino LP album, design the same as the one below (N16), but without the fan shaped back; dimensions: 63cm wide x 20cm high.
Album : Heino, Deutsche Weihnacht .... und festliche Lieder", 1C 064-29 539, published in 1974.
Pop-up cover of an LP album; dimensions 63 cm wide x 29,5 cm high. Album: “Die schönsten Winter- und Weihnachtslieder für die ganze Familie”. Heino; 1C 088-46 669.
N16 Pop-up cover of a Heino LP album, design the same as the above (N42) but here a fan shaped blue back is added; dimensions 63 cm wide x 29,5 cm high.
Album: “Die schönsten Winter- und Weihnachtslieder für die ganze Familie”,
Heino, 1C 088-46 669, published in 1982 accoring to info on the internet.
N17:Nativity which is part of the panorama book “Een boek voor de Kersttijd” (A book for Christmas Time), a Dutch version of Tasha Tudor’s 1979 edition.
N17
Nativity which is part of the panorama book “Een boek voor de Kersttijd” (A book for Christmas Time), a Dutch version of Tasha Tudor’s 1979 edition.
Dimensions: closed 19,5 x 27,5 cm and open 38,5 x 27,5 cm. The advent calendar is shown in this section but on the page Advent Calendars.

View from above
N19
Another pop-up nativity by Vojtech Kubasta : “Gloria in Excelsis Deo". Dimensions closed: 22,5 x 32 cm.
Several versions seem to exist.
This is a middle dark version with cream colored cloth spine; with in the banner printed “ARS Foreign” and Kubasta’s signature; no publication info mentioned on the back. His signature is repeated in the open pop-up and on the white package on the right are the letters “K+M+B”, meaning “Kasper, Melchior, Balthasar”, the Tree Holy Kings (Ref. Susanne Schmidt). Purple colored cellophane window and die-cut star. The back the same color as the front with all stars.

Here is a description of various versions I found on the internet,
ref site:
http://www.isbn.pl/A-kubasta-vojtech/A-kubasta-vojtech/S-1000/
a bookshop, so it will not be permanently available and therefore I am repeating part of their description.

Version a)
Illustrated paper boards with blue cloth spine. Front cover depicts an angel holding a flowing banner bearing "Gloria In Excelsis Deo". Lighter colored boards, Kubasta signature printed on the pop-up, "Made in Czechoslovakia" in bold letters across bottom of back board, a purple cellophane window. 32 cm.

Version b)
Illustrated paper boards with blue cloth spine. Front cover depicts an angel holding a flowing banner bearing "Gloria In Excelsis Deo." , a red cellophane window. This copy without the Kubasta signature on the pop-up, darker boards, and a die-cut pattern to the Star of Bethlehem. 32 cm.

Version c)
Gubig 66 illustrates a copy with a red cloth spine (no priority known).

On the other hand I have found three different cover versions: light – middle dark – very dark. The spines also vary in color.


Light blue version with light blue cloth spine; Kubasta signature in the banner and on the pop-up; no mention of Ars Sacra; below left in black print "101" and on the back cover "FOREIGN"; red cellophane window.

Another deviation between these two is the way the pop-up figures are inserted:

- dark blue above: figures are inserted in slits resulting in parts of the design not showing, such as the stones under the dog, the hat the man is holding and on the right the curled-up dog sleeping.

- light blue left: figures are glued in cut-out fields, showing the stones, hat, sleeping dog.


View from above

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N20
Another pop-up nativity by Vojtech Kubasta, sometimes called “Star of Bethlehem”.
Dimensions closed: 22,8 x 32,3 cm.
Blue cloth spine.
On the front in the left bottom corner Kubasta’s monogram; the pop-up is signed below right; on the back in black heavy print “DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY ARTIA PRAGUE Printed in Czechoslovakia” and in the right corner the number “206".
Missing 1968 carollers of N21
This is another crèche by Vojtech Kubasta. It is a fold-out scene. Signature is on the right side.
This is the 1968 version, and it has the separate carollers stand-up missing.
Dimensions: approx.50cm folded-out and 26cm high.
There is also a 1967 and a 1991 version, with different carollers.
1967 version: Text on the back and the carollers.
N24
This is a multi-dimensional crèche scene (diorama) made up of paper scraps and mounted in a cardboard box, which, in turn is fixed to cardboard back and in front protected by a glass. The back is foreseen with a hook for hanging.
It is entirely made of paper and cardboard, fixed together with glue.
It probably dates from the 1920-1930s.
Other religious scenes, e.g. with the Mother Mary, Christ on the cross, are also found. I have been told they were made by beguines and nuns.
Dimensions:  28 x 22 and 5 cm deep.
N32
Another dimensional crèche scene in a box (diorama). The paper crèche and figures stand on top of a platform, beneath which a cave has been created with in the middle a mirror, simulating water.  For the background it looks like they used buildings cut out of a magazine or similar and the plants and trees are painted and further enhanced with dried ferns. I think that the sides have been created with paper, crumpled to resemble rocks, further enhanced with pieces of shells and moss.

Dimensions: 23 x 17,5cm, depth 6cm
N49
Another dimensional crèche scene in a box (diorama). The back and sides covered with shells, crumpled paper sprinkled with multi-colored glitter. The figures are all handmade with scraps, cardboard, and dressed with satin and other textiles; the sheep on the left is cardboard covered with cotton wool; old Dutch text on the ribbons at the top, sides held by the angels, and bottom reads : "Ik verkondig U een groote blijdschap. Heden is U een Verlosser geboren", sides "Gloria in excelsis deo" and 'Allelúja, Allelúja" and bottom "Vrede op aarde aan de Menschen van goeden Wil" (I proclaim to you great joy. For today a Saviour has been born for you", "Peace on earth to Men of good Will)
On the outside the creche is covered with antique, imitation leather wall paper, for the roof yellow and clear glass has been used.
Dimensions: 21,5cm wide x 18,5cm high at the back, and 12,5cm deep.
N53
Another dimensional crèche scene in a box (diorama). Glass all sides, the back covered with paper, standing on four small round feet. Die cuts (scraps) figures, with the main figures under a wooden and paper canopy, with above it a banner, carried by two scrap angels, handwritten "Gloria in excelsis Deo", gold stars, paper and dried flowers, shells covered with different colors glitter.
Dimensions: 24cm wide, 31cm high and 14cm deep
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N54
Another dimensional crèche scene in a box (diorama). Glass front, sides and base in cardboard.
The box is covered with thick paper and has a hanger at the back. The crèche scene is made of scrap figures, the sides of crumpled-up brown paper sprinkled with very tiny confetti and further decorated with moss and textile flowers, at the top a paper banner, set between two angel heads, reading "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" and beneath the crèche scene a small paper banner, reading "Agnus Dei" (Lamb of God).
Dimensions: It is 17cm high and the base is 19,5cm x 9cm.
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N25
This Christmas folder with all sorts of information for making Christmas decorations,  was offered by the JVKA (Jeugdverbond voor Katholieke Actie) (Youth Union for Catholic Action). The JVKA was officially established on April 11, 1928. “Hernieuwen” (Renew) became the JVKA journal for the Flemish students as of 1932. In the 1960s JVKA and KSA (another organisation, nl. Katholieke Studentenactie (Catholic Students Action)) started working more closely together and in 1965 the journals “Bronnen” and “Hernieuwen” were joined together and the new journal became “Vandaag”.

This folder includes designs for table and Christmas tree decorations - motives for Christmas menus, napkin holders, lantern and wall decorations – drawings for wooden articles that could be used for Christmas presents – models for nativity scenes. It probably dates from 1940s, as in one of the drawings for a Christmas present the number “194 ” is printed with room left for another number, and I should think from 1 to 9.
There are 9 pages, printed both sides. Four are shown here.

Sheets are 21,5 x 27,5 cm, the folder a bit larger.

N27
Self-made nativity scene, in a cigar box, painted silver on the in- and outside.
The interior is decorated with a scrap nativity scene, surrounded by scrap angels and stars, pasted on paper, and everything enhanced with glitter, now turning dark grey.
I think it is of the 1940s.
Dimensions open: 21,5 x 16 cm.

N30 : Double sheet of 8 different glossy nativity die cut scraps. Marked “MPL” logo, “Made in England” and “No. 918”.
Info found on the internet:
Scraps marked MPL and Made In England were produced by a firm Mamelok and dating from the 1960's or 1970's.
Mamelok Press was founded in Breslau, now Wroclaw in Poland, in the first half of the 19th Century. As one of the first commercial colour printing companies, it began to develop as a publisher by selling religious pictures (often known as oleographs) and embossed scraps.
The firm re-incorporated as a British company in 1940 and operated from London, before moving to the historic East Anglian town of Bury St Edmunds in 1968.In that same year, Mamelok Press acquired a German company, Heilbronn und Pinner (known as H & P Decorations), to enhance its paper engineering capabilities.

N31
This is a Christmas card in the form of a Nativity fold-out scene.
On the back it has the printed references:
- on the left: the logo “Chromo” and “CHT-671/2”
- on the right: a logo “PAGSA” and
“PRINTED IN SPAIN  Dep. Leg.  B-40069-85”

Dimensions: 21 x 16cm.

N33
Nativity cut-out sheet, published for advertising for Karo-Franckovka koffie in 1939.
It is signed below right “VRBAK”, who would be Vrba V., and in the left margin is the ref. “JESLE R 588 VI,39.II.S.”

Dimensions: 40 x 30cm.

N34
A set of Nativity cut-out sheets, published for advertising soap Otta Rakovnik  in 1928 and 1930. Printed by Prumyslova Tiskarna Praha (Industrial Printing House Prague).
Rakovnik is a town in Tsechië.
Drawn by Marie Fischerové Kvěchové, 1892-1984
On the back are the instructions for setting up the crèche; on the other the
heading "Jsme přáteli vaší čistoty" (we are friends of your cleanliness) and various soaps.
Dimensions:each sheet is  31 x 31cm.

N35
Booklet  “RELIGIOUS STAMP ALBUM SERIES C” with 15 sheets with 10 stamps per sheet, with two different designs.
On the back it says:
“LITHO IN U.S.A.” and “COPYRIGHT 1942 WM. J. HIRTEN CO., INC., N.Y." (WM = William ?)

Dimensions Booklet: 16 x 9cm

N36 A sheet, with two nativity pictures, on the left Maria and Joseph in front of the stable, and the right the adoration by the Kings; printed in Rome, November 3, 1909, it says according to text at the bottom.

Translation of the Latin text, supplied by Frank Paul:

"The beginning of the Gospel according to John"
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

N43 Below "Crèche de Noël à découper" (a Christmas manger to be cut out) by J. Werner, illustrations by Steffie Lerch, published by Cocorico, Paris, France, in 1953, from the series "Un petit livre d'or". It is a book telling the Christmas story with the figures to be cut out to form the manger.
Below are the pages with the manger figures, which are double sided, showing the cutting and folding lines. When finished, only the cover, the first and last page will remain intact.
Here and there the colors of the back and the front of the figures do not match, but this is also in the book.

Front cover - set-up instructions - Maria was a jong Palestinian girl in Nazareth - angel's message to Maria

Joseph was Maria's husband - Joseph, the carpenter - Bethlehem, where his ancestors lived - Maria and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem

The donkey - the inn where there was no room for them - they show them a stable where they can rest

That night Baby Jesus is born - Baby Jesus in the crib

The stable near the inn - manger filled with straw

They watch over HIM - the shepherds see a light in the sky


The angel's message to the shepherds - the Three Wise Men

The Three Wise Men come to ador the Baby Jesus - Setting up the manger

N44: in the 1949 Uncle Fons's Christmas book (B.N45) "Figuurtjes bij de Kribbe" (Figures for the Manger), to copy, color and cut-out;
very attractively drawn, but a pity no directions or sample for the children to follow is been shown in the book



N45: This is simple stand-up nativity of three windows with a transparent paper back with the nativity scene,
called "Weihnachtstransparent", 30cm x 14,5cm. With a light or candle behind it the light shines through quite attractively.
On the back are the publisher's, Verlag Max Müller, references:

Still available at Verlag Max Müller under reference "13490"


“Religious education material for flannel board”, which, in the 1950-60s, was used in many catholic elementary schools for religious education. They consisted of a significant number of folders, containing figures which were stuck on a flannel board, illustrating bible stories. The figures were drawn by a Father Faustinus sscc (Antonius Hendriks, Rotterdam Dec. 20, 1907 – ‘s Hertogenbos August 26, 1984).
Published by J. De Weijer & Zn., Baarn, Rutgers van Rozenburglaan 3.
Below are folders 7, 8 and 9 illustrating the birth of Jezus.


N46: On the way to Bethlehem (folder 7)

Set-up drawings with title underneath each picture

1. On the way to Bethlehem

2. Arrival in Bethlehem

3. Looking for a place to stay

4. No place in the inn

5. Looking for the stable
 

N47: The Christ Child (folder 8)

Set-up drawings with title underneath each picture

1. Joseph finds the stable

2. The Child is born

N48: Shepherds and Kings (folder 9)

Set-up drawings with title underneath each picture

1. The angel (appears) to the shepherds

2. A shepherd boy brings a lamb

3. The shepherds visit the Christ Child

1. The Kings travel

N50
A cut-out manger that came with a magazine, with glueing, cutting-out, painting and assembly instructions. It seems that they only used the foliage of the palmtree and "forgot" the trunk. It is a 7-layer construction and looks very attractive on its base of 40 x 25cm. Only part of the instructions remain, design signed "J. FAVOREEL", but considering the text and color the magazine would date of the 1950s, possible "Vrouw en Huis".

Information on Julienne Favoreel:
Born in Antwerp on August 1, 1923 and died on October 31, 1997. She was a very talented artist and also very handy in both, crafts and sewing. In 1953 she worked for the editor of “De Vlijt” when they launched the magazine “Vrouw en Huis” (Woman and Home), where she became editor assistant. She not only designed cut-glue and needle work, but also drew for fashion and children’s stories, the one-page strip “De perikelen van Appelsientje” (The perils of Little Orange) being her greatest success. The strip ran from 1960 thru 1965, the magazine “Vrouw en Huis” was no longer published, being replaced by the more trendy "Zie Zondagsvriend", and Julienne Favoreel left the company.

N55
A cut-out crib, No. 228; description is in four languages (English, German, French and Italian. Made in Germany.

No mention of publisher, printer or designer. Any information is very welcome.

Dimensions: ca 31 x 21,5cm.

Nativity woodcut engraving, signed "Weihnacht" and the artist "Gg. Ledbanair"
or something like that.
HELP for the correct name of the artist!

It is not dated, but considering the framing I would think 1900-1920s.

Dimensions of the engraving: ca 8,50 x 11cm.

 
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Animal houses
Birdshouse with small red bird.  Similar house in the next photo, but mounted on a stand.
This is a similar house as the former one, but the bird is missing and it is mounted on a stand. I have been told that the stand in front is a card holder, which looks very appropriate to me.
Doghouse
   
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