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Conrad Otto (circa 1766-1857)

Accession Number

PAG1998.218

Date Range

1770-1857

Description

Color-printed Taufschein in red and yellow with angels in profile at sides, pair of birds on vine in bottom corners, spread eagle at top center.

Dimensions in Inches

16 3/8 x 12 7/8

Materials

Ink on Paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand colored

Print Shop Location

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Jackson Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

Category

Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)

Motifs

eagles, birds, angels, clouds, leaves, flowers, baskets

Associated Names

Jacob Seiler, Elisabeth, John Ebrecht, Wiliam, William, Ruethelf Diner, Rudolph Dunger

Rights

Please contact the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College for permissions which fall outside of educational fair use.

Source

Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Comment

Gustav Peters was the first printer to produce fraktur in color, beginning with red and yellow. He also printed numerous children’s story books in color, beginning in the late1820s. Gustav Peters, with his partner Johann Moser, developed Taufscheine in 1825 in Carlisle. After they moved their business to Harrisburg, their partnership soon ended. Peters continued publishing over thirty editions, with little variation on the red and yellow form.1 This Taufschein was signed byConrad Otto, who used a distinctive zig-zag line with dots to fill in empty spaces.Conrad was a son of the major fraktur artist Henrich Otto and usually signed his work, as he did on this example.2

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #385.5

Published

Minardi, Lisa. "From Millbach to Mahantongo: Frakture and Furniture of the Pennsylvania Germans," American Furniture, ed. Luke Beckerdite (Lebanon, New Hampshire, Chipstone Foundation, 2011), 75. Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, PA.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 72, fig. 3.46. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99. vol. 3, pp. 43, 70.

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