MAPSA (MAP S.A.) Movement in Hummel Musical Box
By Matthew Caulfield
The MMDigest for 2003.01.04 had a number of submissions about the
MAPSA mystery, including a history of the company (MAP S.A.) by
Philippe Rouille. But I am sure that the plastic music boxes with the
Hummel prints on them that led Liz to inquire in 030220 MMDigest are
more interesting for their Hummel aspect than for the musical movements
by MAP S.A.
Goebel began licensing the art work by M.I. and Berta Hummel for their
use in 1935, but the plastic boxes in question here are certainly much
later. Many wooden music boxes with Hummel pictures have been made and
are still being sold on the web. These plastic ones sound like a
Franklin Mint product or some such line aimed at the collector market.
Liz might find out more by directing her question to Hummel
collectors, such as those at http://www.hummels.com/.
The tune "Der frohliche Wanderer" is certainly "The Happy Wanderer,"
and "Auf Wiederseh'n" is the well-known "Auf Wiederseh'n."
Matthew Caulfield (Irondequoit, N.Y.)
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