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Catalog Number J-PH21.09
Other Name A New Torah?
Object Name Photograph
Description Sepia photograph of a man holding a Torah seated outdoors before a makeshift background. Forward Photo Studio in Philadelphia PA, circa 1920s
In paper presentation frame with cover.

This photograph, taken in Philadelphia, is intriguing for many reasons. One wonders why the photographer felt it was necessary to include both the American and Zionist flags in such a deliberate but haphazard way.
While the Jewish Flag, adopted by the First Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897, had quickly become accepted by Jewish communities throughout the world as the emblem of Zionism this photograph was taken long before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
Date c. early 20th century
Dimensions H-7 W-10.5 inches
Collection Photographs
Accession number 1513
Cataloged by Koch, Alan
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
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