Prune People

Dec 4th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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Prune People

My Mother had several prune people that she used to put out at Christmas. Unfortunatly, the dog got into them at destroyed everything. Does anyone know of a website that these can be found for purchase? I would love to surprise her this christmas.
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Dec 4th, 2007, 07:08 AM
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would a picture of Mike Wallace do?
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Dec 4th, 2007, 07:52 AM
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rhy, I did not know the existence of Prune People until I saw the Rick Steves' Christmas in Europe last weekend and they showed a display of them.

Good luck with your search. I hope someone can help you.

Maybe because they were featured on the tv program you can do a search on the rick steves website. Deborah
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Dec 4th, 2007, 07:57 AM
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Prune people are found at the Nuremberg Christmas market. However, I don't know if you can buy them online. Beware - I brought some home one year, but when I pulled them out of my suitcase the weevils had crawled out of the prunes and creeped me out.
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Dec 4th, 2007, 08:53 AM
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Weevils? I'm glad it wasn't some worse "pest" that destroys crops, etc.
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Dec 4th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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My Mom had hers for at least 15 years before the dog tried to eat them (luckily no bugs). The dog didn't actually eat them, but chewed them up beyond recognition.
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Dec 4th, 2007, 11:17 AM
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What's prune people ??? Figurines made of prunes ??
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Dec 4th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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Are six enough? 12 too many?

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Dec 4th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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Actually I think the old Fletcher's Castoria ad (dating myelf) was "Is three enough, six too many? Twelve prunes might make for a long day.

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Dec 4th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Yes Kenderina - there is a Santa Claus and Prune People (and we're not talking about some Pope):

KIDPROJ MCC: Christmas // Christmas - Germany
Prune people are about ten inches tall. Their arms and legs are made out of prunes. Their bodies are made of dried figs. Their heads are made of walnuts ...
www.kidlink.org/KIDPROJ/MCC/mcc0912.html
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Dec 4th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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My mom used to make applehead dolls - same principle I suppose. She carved the head out of apples, and then dehydrated them in the oven to preserve them. They eventually 'aged' and got darker as the years wore on.

http://www.appledolls.org/

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Dec 4th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Rhy, maybe senna leaves would be better for your dog, not prunes?
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Dec 5th, 2007, 01:32 AM
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I thought you meant the "professional sunbathers" who spend every moment of daylight of their holiday basking on the beach. I've seen a few prune people on the beaches in Greece
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Dec 5th, 2007, 03:38 AM
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I figured people would get a kick out of the name, but they are real, and I guess only sold at Christmas markets in Germany. by the way, my Moms next door neighbor could be considered one of the human Prune People; she was always sunbathing and is now guite wrinkled (like a prune)
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Dec 5th, 2007, 03:52 AM
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Prune People - Are they the family of Prune Face, from Dick Tracy?
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Dec 5th, 2007, 07:14 AM
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Hi rhy,
acc. to the answers some people maybe think, that you are holding them on.
But prune people really exist and can be found at almost every Xmas market in Bavaria and around and also in the Czech Republic.
In Bavarian dialect they have the almost unspeakable name Zwetschgenmanderl. Look at this in the net.
www.almosteurope.com for instance can supply them.
Merry Christmas and beware of your dog next time.
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Dec 5th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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The "Zwetschgenmanderl" on that site are painted pewter, not made from prunes.
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Dec 5th, 2007, 07:47 AM
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Frankfurt's Christmas market is also known for Quetschenmännchen. Though they're usually much smalelr than your description, and I don't think their heads are made of walnuts. It's more like a prune figurine with icing.
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Dec 5th, 2007, 08:03 AM
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"Their arms and legs are made out of prunes. Their bodies are made of dried figs. Their heads are made of walnuts ..."
You have a very wise dog...
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Dec 5th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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Will the California Raisins do?
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