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Cartoon of a gentile lady in a Jewish owned shop

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.201.3

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    Cartoon of a gentile lady in a Jewish owned shop


    Brief Narrative
    The caricature is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    I Makes a Small Profit on der Paper and String
    creation:  approximately 1910
    creation: Great Britain
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom, handwritten, black ink : "But if you sell all your goods at less than / cost price, how can you make any profit?" / "Ven I ties up der customer's parcels I / makes a small profit on der paper and string."
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Cartoon drawing in colored paint on paper of a Jewish tailor talking with a gentile woman customer on the other side of the counter. He has curly black hair, a bald crown, white skin, bushy eyebrows and facial hair, and plump pink lips. He wears a pince nez, a black tailcoat, white vest with gold chain, and striped trousers. He gestures with his hands while talking to the woman who wears a white, fox stole, and a hat with gold bows. She regards him with large eyes, and has a white face, short red hair, and red beestung lips. In her gold gloved right hand, she holds a small wrapped box. On the countertop are a string dispenser, scissors, and a small open box. On the right is an open drawer with a dangling tape measure and verticals row of red, white, and blue. The left wall has a shop window with hanging dresses. In the bottom left of the image are the initials WW. A caption is handwritten beneath the image.
    overall: Height: 8.000 inches (20.32 cm) | Width: 6.000 inches (15.24 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive tape

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    Administrative Notes

    The caricature was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:30:19
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