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Cartoon comparing the Jewish influx to NYC to Gulliver and the Lilliputians

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    Cartoon comparing the Jewish influx to NYC to Gulliver and the Lilliputians

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    Brief Narrative
    This print is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Gulliver Knickerbocker and the Lilliputians
    publication/distribution:  1912 September 19
    publication: New York (N.Y.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top center, black ink : LIFE
    front, bottom right, black ink : GULLIVER KNICKERBOCKER AND THE LILLIPUTIANS
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: Walter Harrison Cady
    Publisher: Life (1883-1936)
    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
    Offset color lithograph poster on paper adhered to cardboard depicting a giant man, prone on his back, and lashed to the ground by rows of yellow tape over his arms and legs. Surrounding him and crawling over his body are dozens of tiny Jewish men, working to tie the man down, pulling ropes, hammering stakes. The yellow tapes are labelled with trades associated with Jewish immigrants: dry goods, haberdashery, jewelry, millinery, jewelry, old klos (clothes), and real estate. The giant, Gulliver, has a frightened expression and tears on his face. He has brown curly hair and round spectacles, and wears a neck ruff, vest, and tailcoat. His tricorn hat is upside down on the ground above his head. Some little men have used ladders to climb onto the brim and crown and are cutting the hat with a saw and scissors. Most of the tiny men wear hats and mismatched suits, and have extremely large, curved noses. On the outer edges are groups of the little men: a group in tutus, several with pawnbroker orbs or signs advertising things for sale, including the land on which they stand, New Jerusalem, formerly New York. Large dollar signs are placed throughout the drawing: above men's heads, floating in the air above the river. On the right, men cross 2 bridges from the bare, empty, opposite bank. The artist’s name, Harrison Cady, is printed in the lower left corner.
    overall: Height: 33.250 inches (84.455 cm) | Width: 26.000 inches (66.04 cm)
    overall : cardboard, paper, ink
    front, bottom right corner, pencil : LIFE VOL. 60

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    Administrative Notes

    The print 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 18:30:36
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