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Inscribed postcard of a Jewish man in red coat and hat near a tailor shop

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.740

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    Inscribed postcard of a Jewish man in red coat and hat near a tailor shop

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Postcard, with a handwritten greeting and reply, mailed to Cincinnati with a cartoon of a Jewish merchant attracting business to a Russian tailor shop. This postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Date
    use:  after 1903-before 1917
    Geography
    use: Cincinnati (Ohio)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Markings
    front, top right, blue ink : I am doing a rushing / (Russian) / business.
    back, black ink : Post Card / THIS SPACE MAY BE USED / FOR CORRESPONDENCE. FOR ADDRESS ONLY.
    Contributor
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Biography
    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

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Information Forms
    Category
    Postcards
    Physical Description
    Postcard with a color cartoon of an older man standing outside in front of a shop window. He has pronounced Jewish features, particularly a large, broad nose and thick brows over hooded eyes. He wears a red and fur trimmed hat resembling a shtreimel, a red fur trimmed overcoat, and black trousers and knee boots. He looks toward the viewer and gestures with his upward pointing right index finger and thumb, as if calling for attention. In the window are a dress and female mannequin bust, with the signs LAKOWITZ and RUSSIAN GOODS LADIES TAILOR below. The back has 2 postmarks, an inscription, and a green 1 cent United States postage stamp with an image of Benjamin Franklin.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cardstock, ink
    Inscription
    front, bottom right corner, black ink : 15
    back, top right, postmark, stamped, black ink : EAST ... / OCT / 19 / MI
    back, bottom left, cursive, black ink : You’d think so with / my “Military Man”- / Won’t I be swell though. / Hope you are all / still alive - / E. N. M.
    back, bottom right, cursive, black ink : Miss Elizabeth Newhaus / 843 Rockdale Ave. / Cincinnati / Avondale Ohio

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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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