A garden gnome or lawn gnome is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a pointy hat, produced for the purpose of ornamentation and protection from evil sorcery, typically of gardens or on lawns. These figurines originate in 19th century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerg (literally “garden dwarf“). The application of the term gnome in English is first attested in the 1930s.
Gnomes are often depicted as having beards and are typically males, and usually wear red hats and are known to smoke pipes. They are made in various poses and pursuing various pastimes, such as fishing or napping.
Gnomes have become controversial in serious gardening circles in the UK, and have been banned from the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show as the organisers claim that they detract from the garden designs. Gnome enthusiasts accuse the organisers of snobberybecause they are popular in working class and suburban gardens.
Gnomes may be made from terracotta clay slip (runny clay) poured into molds. This is allowed to set up and the excess emptied from the centre leaving a clay shell. The gnome is removed from the mold when firm, then allowed to dry and then fired in a kiln until hard. Once cooled the gnome is painted. More modern gnomes are made from resins and similar materials. source: Wikipedia
My mother was fond of Gnomes, but I had never thought anything of them, except that they were kind of cute. My husband has carved us Garden Gnomes out of wood from a tree that was blown down by Hurricane Ike. He even made me one with a Santa Claus suit.
My Linderman ancestor, my fifth great grandfather was Johann Jacob Linderman (Lindermann). He was 18, and EMIGRATED FROM ZWEIBRUCKEN, GERMANY TO ROTTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, [THE NETHERLANDS], ON 25 NOVEMBER 1740, ON THE SHIP: LOYAL JUDITH, CAPTAIN LOVELL PAINTER WAS THE COMMANDER, TO THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. IT WAS A TWELVE WEEK TRIP. Johann Jacob Linderman resided in German Flatts, Germantown Township, Pennsylvania in December 1740.
He married Catharine McLean in 1743 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They had eleven children together.