A Time Remembered

Circa: 1960
Condition: Used
Manufacturer: Josef Originals/Made in Japan
This hand painted July Birthday girl still has her Josef Original paper label and is marked: George-Good Corporation.
In 1942 Muriel Joseph, of Arcadia, California, had been making and selling lucite jewelry under the name of Muriel of California. World War II caused the price of lucite to be un-affordable, even to Muriel. Muriel then converted her skills to making ceramic figurines. In 1945, working out of their basement and garage, Muriel and her fiance Tom began their own pottery business. Their printer had misspelled the name from Joseph to Josef on their label. Since they had no time to fix the error, the name Josef Originals became the name of the new company.
In 1954 Muriel & Tom met Mr. Good, a man who convinced them that if they made their figurines in Japan, it would greatly reduce their expenses. They continued to make Josef Originals in California, until 1960 when they opened a factory in Japan, and began operations by the name of George Good Corporation. The name of their new partner & Muriel's new married name (Muriel Joseph George). For six weeks Muriel was in Japan, teaching workers how she wanted things done. After that she would create the designs at home, drawings and instructions were sent to the factory, and pieces were sent back for her approval. With the factory producing the finished product, this left Muriel free to create to her hearts content, and she put her heart into every piece she created.
In 1981 Muriel retired, though she continued to create new Josef Original designs until 1985. George Good bought the company in 1982, and sold it in 1985 to Southland Corporation. The Josef Original name now belongs to Applause, Inc, who has made no new designs, but produce a limited number of pieces that bear the Josef Original name, including the Birthday Girl series. Muriel passed away in 1992, but lives on through her many creations.
Wearing a summer yellow dress which has faded from age with a basket of strawberries in one hand and a single strawberry in the other.
In very good condition, without chips, cracks or fleabites she measure 3 1/2 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide and 1 7/8 inches deep.
An addition to any Josef Originals Figurine Collection.
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Josef Originals July Birthday Girl Figurine

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