My second Sandmännchen postcard is also from Bärbel (Germany), FB-swap.
(Received in May, 2012)
versions of Sandmännchen were created: one in East Germany (Unser
Sandmännchen), and one in West Germany (Das Sandmännchen).
original idea came from Ilse Obrig of West Berlin TV and radio station Sender
Freies Berlin (SFB), who with the help of author Johanna Schüppel, developed a
working version in 1958. The Little Sandman himself first appeared on screen in
West Berlin in Sandmännchens Gruß für Kinder (Sandmännchen's Greeting to
Children) on 1 December 1959, and other episodes were soon made.
on 22 December 1959 (less than three weeks after the production had started),
East German television (Deutscher Fernsehfunk, DFF) began broadcasting Unser
Sandmännchen with its own "good night, children" character, also
by the puppetmaster and director Gerhard Behrendt, the show represented
everyday life, travel, and fantastic adventure, as well as a certain amount of
propaganda. Some people claim that the title character bears a resemblance to
the then leader of the DDR,
Walter Ulbricht,and the show was often a showcase for DDR and
Socialist technology and success. This is one of the reasons why he often
arrived in awe-inspiring vehicles like futuristic cars and flying devices.
production of the Western version of Sandmännchen ceased in 1991, following the
unification of Germany. However, episodes from the DFF show are still run on
German television today.