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He also conducted extensive research at the archives of W.Goebel Porzellanfabrik at Roedental, Bavaria, West Germany and interviewed workers as well as executives of the company including Wilhelm Goebel himself.The base for the popularity was among German immigrants on the East Coast. soldiers buying them led to Hummel figurines becoming a popular collector's item.

In this particular case, the Hummel also carries the newest TMK 8 as shown in larger form in the above REFERENCE TABLE OF HUMMEL TRADE MARKS.This is a Hummel figurines and collectibles suggested retail price and estimated auction (fair market value) price guide.While Crown Editions and Full Bees (TMK 2) are highly prized, the Stylized Bee (TMK 3) is also very desirable.Following is an example of the first Hummel released entitled "Puppy Love," HUM 1, TMK 3 (Stylized Bee).Not all Goebel products are Hummels, but Goebel makes all Hummels.

Over the years, Goebel has used some of the distinctive Hummel trademarks (mainly the Bumble Bee) for some of its porcelain collectibles.Sometimes there are "Double Crowns" with one incised and the other stamped under the glaze.Infrequently, we find a Full Bee stamped and a Crown incised.An example might be a set of the Disney "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." In other words, Hummels cannot be identified exclusively by the fact they may have a "Bee" stamped or incised on the underside.Identifying marks on the UNDERSIDE of Hummels tell the Hummel Model Number (HUM), the size indicator (Arabic and Roman Numerals), the year of release (usually the year after the production year), and sometimes the paint and/or painters code numbers (incised Arabic numbers or script initials). Also, during the third and fourth trademark periods (called Stylized Bee and three-line Bee, respectively, from 1957 to 1972), Trade Marks 5, 6, and 7 all used Goebel and W. TMK 5 (1972-79) was distinguished by being the last time the "V" and Bee were used in combination with Goebel and W. Then in 1991 up to the present, TMK 7 brought back the "Crown" which had been used for TMK 1 from 1935-1949.The importance of this particular example of Full Bee is the Hummel wasn't released until 1952, when the Full Bee was the TMK in use by Goebel (1950-1955).