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Theatrical poster of the wedding from the play, Abie's Irish Rose

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    Theatrical poster of the wedding from the play, Abie's Irish Rose

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    Brief Narrative
    Large theatrical 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
    And They Laughed Happily Ever After!
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1925
    publication: New York (N.Y.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom center, red ink : And They Laughed / Happily Ever After!
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: 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 color lithograph poster on paper with an illustration of a young blonde bride in a flowing white gown kissing a young, black haired groom in a top hat and white tie tuxedo. Watching from the are 2 white haired older men wearing smiles, yarmulkes, and white tie tuxedos,the groom's father and rabbi. Watching with grins from the left are a short, bearded man with round spectacles, top hat, white gloves, and white tie tuxedo and a tall matronly woman in a patterned, yellow dress with a plumed headband, the bride's parents. The English caption is at the bottom. The artist's name, FRED K. SPURGEON, is printed in the bottom left corner. Behind the bridal couple is a large spray of green feathers. The background is red and the white border has a narrow, green center line. The poster is adhered to slightly larger linen backing.
    overall: Height: 58.500 inches (148.59 cm) | Width: 40.000 inches (101.6 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
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:30:38
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