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...from Ron's bookshelf.
How cool! :-) Looking at the six Mainzelmännchen (people from Mainzel?) I remembered the flag "semaphore" alphabet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_semaphore#Characters and I thought perhaps they are sending a message. I always believed The Beatles were spelling "Help" in the corresponding LP www.beatles.com/hub/tracklisting.php?img=Help&menuItem=the music&order=chrono and now I find out they are saying "NUJV"... let's see, the Mainzelmännchen are saying... "Z L/M E _ N B"... ZME-B? Ok, so the wavy is Berti and the standing is Edi... easy to pronounce for the young lady. Thanks a lot, Ron!!!
It took me a while to track down some information on these guys, but I've finally hit pay dirt. These "rock gnomes", as I've been calling them are actually known as Mainzelmännchen. Here's Google's English translation of the German Wikipedia page about them: translate.google.com/translate?u=http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mainzelm%C3%A4nnchen&langpair=de|en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 . This guy, the one who waves at you is named Berti. The other one who shows up in my gigapans is named Edi (I'll add a comment on his photos, too.) As best I can tell they're vintage 1972 or so, based on photos from this fansite: www.mainzelmaennchen-planet.de/katalog/data/kat02/page6.html . I'm pretty sure my parents have Conni down in the basement and if I can get him, he'll start showing up in my images, too. If anyone has any ideas how to get the rest of the guys in the set I'd be very interested in doing so. I didn't find any on the US E-Bay site and the ones I saw on the German E-Bay site wouldn't ship out of Germany. Any suggestions or assistance would be welcome.
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