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Poster with captioned cartoons for the play Abie's Irish Rose

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    Poster with captioned cartoons for the play Abie's Irish Rose

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    Brief Narrative
    Poster by Fred Spurgin for the hit Broadway play, Abie's Irish Rose, by Anne Nichols, which opened in 1922. It is about a young couple, an Irish American woman and a Jewish man, who marry despite the objections of their families. This poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    1000 Laughs in Abie's Irish Rose
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1922-1927
    publication: New York (N.Y.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top center, title, black, white, and green ink : 1000 / LAUGHS / IN / ABIE’S / IRISH / ROSE
    front, caption, top left, black ink : “YOU BROUGHT SOMETHING / IN WITH YOU! WHAT IS IT - / A ACTRESS?”
    front, caption, top right, black ink : BECAUSE SHE FEELS / TIRED, I’VE GOT TO GO TO BED EARLY!
    front, caption, middle left, black ink : ABIE’S FATHER IS THE MAN / WHO COUNTS!
    front, caption, middle right, black ink : “ME NAME IS MURPHY - NOT / MURPHISKI!”
    front, caption, bottom left, black ink : “SUCH A BRIDE - I HATE TO / GIVE HER AVAY!”
    front, caption, bottom right, black ink : “IF SHE’S A BOY - SHE GETS / ALL MY MONEY!”
    front, caption, bottom center, black ink : THE LADY AND / HER APPENDIX!
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Cartoonist: Fred Spurgin
    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 lithograph poster in green and black ink on paper with the title in English text in decorated fonts at the top and center, with 7 captioned cartoons depicting scenes from a play in 3 rows of 2, and 1 in the bottom center. In the top row: left, a young fashionably dressed woman, Rose, holds the hand of a young man, Abie, as he embraces a man in a yarmulke, his father; right, a short man walks away from a matron in a fur stole, Rose's parents. In the center: left, Abie's father, with a Rabbi, holds a pocket watch and says time as Abie and Rose kiss; right, the short man, now in tuxedo and top hat, sits on a sofa and hides behind his wife, in a feathered headdress, as a man with thinning hair angrily confronts them. In the bottom row: left, the short, bearded man in top hat and tuxedo escorts Rose, in a wedding dress, followed by a young girl holding the bride's train, and the tall overdressed matron with feathered fan and headdress; right, a priest stands between Abie’s father and the man with thinning hair, who holds a baby. In the center, the bearded man, in a plaid coat, holds a cane and stands beside his wife, now in a feathered hat. The artis's name, Fred Spurgin, is printed in the lower left. The poster has a narrow green border and is adhered to slightly larger linen backing.
    overall: Height: 29.250 inches (74.295 cm) | Width: 18.500 inches (46.99 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster 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
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    2022-07-28 18:30:38
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