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Object ID

2012.1.288

Object Name

Postcard

Date

8-17-1939

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Description

Tan postcard with handwritten address to the "Berliner Handelsgesell-schaft" (Currency Exchange Office in Berlin) with handwritten message in black ink.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: A law enacted August 17, 1938 required Jews with non-Jewish forenames to assume the name "Sara" if a woman and "Israel" if a man. This law became effective January 1, 1939. These names were to be used on all correspondence -- private or official -- including return addresses on mail. This "Israel" card came from the U.S. to the Berlin Currency Exchange. Note that upon receipt the card were numbered and dated.

Dimensions

3 1/4 x 5 1/2"

Keywords

Air mail, New York, Germany, James Monroe stamp, Jefferson stamp, Berliner Handelsgesell-schaft

Israel Postcard from New York to Berlin Currency Exchange On Eve of World War II

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