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Inscribed postcard of a Jewish pawnbroker & customer with a watch

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.739

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    Inscribed postcard of a Jewish pawnbroker & customer with a watch


    Brief Narrative
    Postcard with a good luck message mailed from Philadelphia to Atlantic City with a cartoon of a Jewish pawnbroker and a non-Jewish customer bargaining over a large pocket watch. This postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    postmark:  1906 August 17
    postmark:  1906 August 18
    postmark: Atlantic City (N.J.)
    postmark: Philadelphia (Pa.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top right, red and black ink : Just to pass the / time away
    front, bottom left corner, black ink : A42 All rights reserved
    back, black ink : Post Card / This Side for Address.
    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.

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    Physical Description
    Postcard with a color cartoon of a pawnbroker in pince-nez and an orange and yellow checked vest haggling over a pocket watch with a gentile customer in orange and yellow stripe trousers. The pawnbroker's right hand is flipped over his shoulder, palm up, as he talks about the watch he holds face up in his left hand over his counter. The customer watches with an anxious expression and holds out his right hand with an extended index and middle finger. The pawnbroker has stereotypical Jewish features, such as curly head and facial hair, a very big nose and red fleshy lips, and stands next to a window with J. Mc. COHEN PAWN BROKER with the pawnbroker symbol of 3 hanging orbs. The back has 4 postmarks, an address, and a green 1 cent United States postage stamp with an image of Benjamin Franklin. See record 2016.184.738 for another issue of this postcard.
    overall: Height: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    overall : cardstock, ink
    front, right, cursive, black ink : I would like to say / how is the team / getting on tell / the boys I was / asking for them / and I wish you / and them good / luck and many / victories / Burns
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : PHILADELPHIA / AUG 18 / 1 – AM / 19 06 / PA.
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : ATLANTIC CITY N. J. / AUG 17 / 4 – PM / 1906
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : WEST PARK / RECEIVED / STATION
    back, center, cursive, black ink : Mr Jos Green / 6006 Master St / N Phila / Pa
    back, bottom left corner, cursive, black ink : Mgr Calvin B.B.C

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The postcard 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 18:30:40
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