At the Leipzig Exhibition of 1884, a terracotta company from Gräfenroda showcased a new product: the everyday garden gnome. In the baroque era, these small statues had been used solely to decorate the gardens of the wealthy, but it was August Heissner and Philipp Griebel who first mass-produced them. Since then, their factory on the fringes of the Thuringian Forest has been considered the 'birthplace of the garden gnome'. The little men with their white beards and red woolly hats are now being produced by the fourth generation of the family. A museum documents the fascinating success story of these figurines.
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