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The old Tradition of the Homework


When the sewing work is finished, the different parts of the Bears - the arms, the legs, the body and the head - have to be turned from the left to the right side of the mohair fabric. Mostly this work is done by so-called homeworkers, women, who belong also to the HERMANN staff, but who work in their own home.


HomeworkersThe home-work has a very long tradition in the toy area around Coburg and Sonneberg. Most of the workers lived many miles far away from the factories in the small mountain villages around. Because no bus or cars were driving, they had to walk on foot to the factories and for many women it was not possible to do this daily. Still in the Fifties the homeworker women came only once the week on Friday many miles on foot from all cardinal points to the HERMANN-Coburg factory, carrying big baskets on their backs with the home-work inside. The picture shows a homeworker bringing his work to the factory.


In contrast to this, today the HERMANN-Coburg car drives daily to the homeworkers to bring the new and to take the finished home-work. But the system of home-work is still the same. It makes possible, that young women can work and look out for their children at home at the same time.


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