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Inscribed postcard of a smiling Jewish man smoking a cigar

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.759

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    Inscribed postcard of a smiling Jewish man smoking a cigar

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    Brief Narrative
    This postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    postmark:  1906 August
    postmark: Windsor (Ont.)
    postmark: Norfolk (Va.)
    postmark: Philadelphia (Pa.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top, black ink : BELIEF ME
    front, bottom, blue ink : 73 Copyright 1905- A. H.
    back, top center, black ink : Post Card / THIS SIDE FOR THE 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 man wearing a blue Bukharian kippah and a shirt with a large, shiny jewel on the chest. He has a forked beard, yellow lips, and stereotypical Jewish features including shorty curly hair and a large nose. He smokes a cigar, smiles, and holds out his left hand in a shrug. English text is inscribed at the bottom. The back has 5 postmarks, a note, an address, and a green 1 cent Canadian postage stamp with an image of Edward VII. See records 2016.184.757 and 2016.184.758 for other issues of this postcard.
    overall: Height: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm) | Width: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm)
    overall : cardstock, ink
    front, bottom, cursive, pencil : I am / loving / you still / M.
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : [NO]RFOLK V[A] / [?] / 4 - AM / 190[6]
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : P[HIL]ADELPHIA PA. / AUG / [?] / [?] PM / 1906
    back, top center, postmark, stamped, black ink : NORFOLK VA. / AUG / [?] / 1906
    back, top right, postmark, stamped, black ink : WI[NDSO?]R / 16 / AU 1 / [?]S / ON[T?]
    back, bottom, cursive, crossed through, pencil : Mr Robert J. Brown / 34 Ave A / Norfolk / Va.
    back, bottom left, cursive, pencil : … / [?] when in [?].o / N. J.

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    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:
    2023-09-15 10:14:43
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