ACADEMY OF MUSIC, TUESDAY MARCH 15TH 1881. PURIM ASSOCIATION FANCY DRESS BALL IN AID OF THE BUILDING FUND OF THE HEBREW BENEVOLENT AND ORPHAN ASYLUM SOCIETY. Judaica, Hebrew Benevolent, Orphan Asylum Society.
ACADEMY OF MUSIC, TUESDAY MARCH 15TH 1881. PURIM ASSOCIATION FANCY DRESS BALL IN AID OF THE BUILDING FUND OF THE HEBREW BENEVOLENT AND ORPHAN ASYLUM SOCIETY.

ACADEMY OF MUSIC, TUESDAY MARCH 15TH 1881. PURIM ASSOCIATION FANCY DRESS BALL IN AID OF THE BUILDING FUND OF THE HEBREW BENEVOLENT AND ORPHAN ASYLUM SOCIETY.

New York: 1881. Chromolithograph broadsheet, oblong 6-1/2" x 4." The verso, lightly spotted and several names partially abraded, lists about 300 "Managers" in six columns, surrounded by a pink border with illustration of a comic figure on the right border; the number '524' is printed in the upper left corner. The recto consists of the beautiful chromolithograph illustration of a Purim party in full swing. Except as noted, Very Good.

"This is a colourful advertisement for a Purim fancy dress ball to be held on Tuesday, March 15, 1881. At the bottom of the image is a ribbon with the inscription: 'In Aid of the Building Fund of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum society.' The picture is in the style of the Commedia dell’arte showing the characteristic clowns and masks. In the centre of the image is a woman wearing decorative oriental clothing, signifying perhaps a queen or even Queen Esther from the Purim story. She is holding a sack of coins and is dropping several of them into the lap of a small child. The other children are surrounding her, perhaps waiting their turn to receive coins. These are presumably the children who received assistance from this philanthropic society. On the right is a clown who is also giving a coin to the children." [NLI online site, 'Fancy Dress Ball Poster, Purim, 1881.']
"The Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society was created out of a merger of two New York Jewish benevolent societies in 1860: the Hebrew Benevolent Society (HBS) and the German Hebrew Benevolent Society (GHBS). After resisting a merger due to friction between German Reform leaders and Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditional leaders, the two groups finally joined after the threat of missionaries and conversion was made public by the Mortara Affair, in which an Italian Jewish boy, Edward Mortara, was kidnapped and converted by a servant girl. The possibilities of Jewish orphans being cared for by non-Jewish asylums with missionary goals was a major factor that led the two societies to pool resources and open the first Jewish orphan asylum in New York City." [Guide to the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York, at the American Jewish Historical Society.]
"This is a colourful advertisement for a Purim fancy dress ball to be held on Tuesday, March 15, 1881. At the bottom of the image is a ribbon with the inscription: 'In Aid of the Building Fund of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum society.' The picture is in the style of the Commedia dell’arte showing the characteristic clowns and masks. In the centre of the image is a woman wearing decorative oriental clothing, signifying perhaps a queen or even Queen Esther from the Purim story. She is holding a sack of coins and is dropping several of them into the lap of a small child. The other children are surrounding her, perhaps waiting their turn to receive coins. These are presumably the children who received assistance from this philanthropic society. On the right is a clown who is also giving a coin to the children." [NLI online site, 'Fancy Dress Ball Poster, Purim, 1881].
We locate copies at the Museum of the City of New York and the New York Public Library as of March 2020. Item #36675

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