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Inscribed postcard of a smiling Jewish man smoking a cigar

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.757

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    Inscribed postcard of a smiling Jewish man smoking a cigar


    Brief Narrative
    This postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    postmark:  1908 January 25
    postmark:  1908 January 26
    postmark: Chicago (Ill.)
    postmark: Denver (Colo.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top, green ink : BELIEF ME
    back, top left, black ink : Postkarte Carte postale / Weltpostverein Union postale universelle / Levelezö-Lap Correspondenzkarte Dopisnice / Karta korespondencyjna Korespondenoni listeh / Briefkaart Cartolina postale Postcard Brefkart / открыткое письмо - [?] карта / Tarjeta Postal
    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.

    Physical Details

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    Physical Description
    Postcard with a color cartoon of a man in three quarter right profile wearing a Bukharian kippah, pince-nez, coat, and a shirt with a large, shiny jewel on the chest. He has a bald crown, forked beard, yellow lips, and stereotypical Jewish features including short curly hair and a large nose. He smokes a cigar, closes his eyes, smiles, and holds out his left hand in a shrug. English text is inscribed to his right. The back has 3 postmarks, an address, and a green 1 cent United States postage stamp with an image of Benjamin Franklin. See records 2016.184.758 and 2016.184.759 for other issues of this postcard.
    overall: Height: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm) | Width: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm)
    overall : cardstock, ink, pencil
    front, cursive, black ink : Dear Aunt Jill / You / will have / a good / time if / you come / here, / maybe / you / think they / have no room, / but there is an empty / bed, now you just come / Gussie
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : CHICAGO, IL / JAN 25 / 130 AM / 1908
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : [D]ENVER, COLO / JAN 26 / 830 AM / 1908
    back, right, cursive, black ink : Mrs. J. Davidson / 115 So Broadway / Denver / Colorado
    back, bottom left, in logo, stamped, black ink : A·H·

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    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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