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Memories of Yesterday
The Memories of Yesterday collection from Enesco was introduced in 1988. It is a collection of porcelain bisque figurines based on the illustrations of the British artist Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879-1964). Mabel Lucie Attwell's charming depictions of chubby children in everyday situations have a timeless appeal and their translation into Memories of Yesterday figurines retains that nostalgic and heartwarming feel.

The collection was initially very popular. A Memories of Yesterday Collectors' Society was formed in 1991, with exclusive benefits and figurines for members, to support and encourage the popularity of the collection. As well as figurines, the collection included musical figurines, hanging ornaments and covered boxes. Several new pieces were issued each spring and fall, with older pieces being regularly retired or suspended to make room for the new items in the production schedule.

To more accurately capture the essence of the original illustrations and the time period they represent, Memories of Yesterday figurines are coated in a wash to give them a softer and more antique look. Along with the attention to detail and carefully selected color palette, the resulting figurines are beautifully authentic recreations of Attwell's original artwork.

As with many other Enesco brands, a unique annual production mark was stamped on the bottom of the figurines to indicate the year in which they were produced. Annual production mark symbols were also inspired by Mabel Lucie Attwell and include a teacup, flower and teardrop.

The Memories of Yesterday collection was sold worldwide and at the height of its popularity this collection ranked in the top 10 collectibles in the US. Over 300 unique items were produced as part of this collection but popularity declined toward the end of the 1990s and the collection was permanently retired on Dec 31, 1999.

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