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Postcard of a Jewish pawnbroker & customer with a mantel clock

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.741

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Postmarked postcard mailed in Pennsylvania, with a cartoon of a Jewish pawnbroker making a bargain for a mantel clock with a non-Jewish customer. This postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Date
    postmark:  1907 May 23
    postmark:  1907 May 24
    Geography
    postmark: Pennsylvania
    manufacture: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Markings
    front, top left, black ink : I’m passing / the Time / at
    front, bottom left, black ink : 48
    back, top, brown ink : POST CARD / COMMUNICATION HERE. ADDRESS HERE.
    back, left edge, brown ink : COPYRIGHT S. P. C. CO. 1905 PRINTED IN U. S. A.
    Contributor
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Publisher: Souvenir Post Card Company
    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 a pawnbroker making a deal on a mantel clock with a non-Jewish customer. The pawnbroker has a bald crown and stereotypical Jewish features: a large bulbous nose, large fleshy red lips, and short curly hair, mustache, and beard. He wears pince-nez, a red checked vest, and red striped pants. The customer wears a derby, green jacket, and red striped trousers. The pawnbroker stands on 1 side fo the counter, looking at the clock and gesturing with his hands, palms up, shoulder height. In the center window is a 3 orb pawnbroker symbol. The back has 2 postmarks, an address, and a green 1 cent United States postage stamp with an image of Benjamin Franklin. Record 2016.184.742 is another copy of this postcard.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cardstock, ink
    Inscription
    front, bottom left, postmark, stamped, black ink : LENNI MILLS, PA. / MAY / 24 / A.M / 190 / REC’D
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : WOODBINE, PA. / MAY / 23 / PM / 1907 / REC’D
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : ...LAB / ... / ... / 190[7] / PA
    back, right, cursive, pencil : Mr Charlie Donohue / Lenni Mills / Pa.

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    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 18:13:50
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