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Printed Taufschein with forward-facing angels at sides, flying birds in bottom corners, one with cherries, other with rye in beak, heavy rope border.

Dimensions in Inches

12 1/4 x 15 3/4

Dimensions in Centimeters

31 x 40


Watercolor and ink on wove paper


Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Hanover, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


birds, cherries, angels, horns

Associated Names

Daniel Ziegler, Julianna Gantz, Annamaria, F.A. Scholl, John Ziegler, Barbara Ziegler


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


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


Pennsylvania Folklife Society


Fraktur lettering, German script




Wenn wir kaum geboren werden,/Ist vom ersten Lebenstritt,/Bis zum kühlen Grab der Erden,/Nur ein kurzgemessener Schritt,/Ach! mit jedem Augenblick/Gehet unsre Kraft zurück;/Und wir sind mit jedem Jahre,/Reif genug Todtenbahre.

Und wer weiß in welcher Stunde,/Uns die letzte Stimme weckt,/Denn Gott hats mit seinem Munde,/Keinem Menschen noch entdeckt./Wer sein Haus nun wohl bestellt,/Geht mit Freuden aus der Welt,/Da die Sicherheit hingegen,/Ewigs Sterben kann erregen.

Geburt- und Tauf-Schein./Diesen beyden Ehegatten, als Daniel Ziegler/und seiner Ehefrau Julianna eine geborne/Gank ist eine Tochter zur Welt geboren, im Jahr/unsers Herrn 1817 den 19 Tag Decembr. Diese Tochter/wurde geboren in Codorus T. in York Caunty, in/dem Freystaat Pinnsylvanien, wurde/getauft von dem Ehrw. Hrn. F.A. Scholl und erhielt/den Namen Annamaria. Die Taufzeugen waren/John Ziegler u. F. Barbara

D.P.Lange, Drucker, Hannover, (Penn.) 1830.


When we are just born…

Birth and Baptismal Certificate. To both of these spouses, Daniel Ziegler and his legal wife Julianna a born Gank is a daughter to the world born in the year of our Lord 1817 the 19th Day of December. This daughter was born in Codorus Township in York County in the free state of Pennsylvania, was baptized by the Reverend Mister F. A. Scholl and received the name Annamaria. The baptismal sponsors were John Ziegler and wife Barbara.

D. P. Lange, Printer, Hanover (Penn.) 1830.


Lange used the same angel and eagle images from PAG1998.199 in this piece. Here the artist colored their gowns green in two sections to create a bare midriff section, despite the printed full-length garment they are wearing.



Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #314


Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 89, fig. 3.63. 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. 2, p. 259 illustrated.

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fraktur, Pennsylvania German, Pennsylvania Dutch, folk art, illuminated manuscript, taufschein


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