1942 · Germany
Original WINTERHILFSWERK handicraft based on the children's book "STRUWWELPETER" still in its original cardboard box. Group of 12 hand-painted terra cotta bust badges (H. 1" to 1-3/8"; with safety pinned backs) and issued for Christmas holidays of 1942 as gift tokens from Winterhilfswerk.
These are based on characters from the Heinrich Hoffmann children's tales: Struwwelpeter, Katze, Kaspar, Mohr, Nikolas, etc, all of them are still attached to the original cardboard backing strip (18 x 1-1/2 inches) and contained within its original pictorial box (5-7/8 x 1-5/8 x 1-5/8 inches - top side cover panel defective; a couple of the figures with some minor paint chipping).
These were given as tokens to acknowledge those who donated to the German charitable organization WHW, Winterhilfswerk (Winter-help-work), which was an annual charitable event held by the "NS -Volkswohlfahrt" (National Socialist - Peoples'-welfare-organization) in which members from all of the organizations would solicit donations from the public and reward contributors with a variety of lapel badges or propaganda booklets. (Inventory #: BB079)