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Catharina (Mayer) Gomber (active 1820-27)

Accession Number

PAG1998.184

Date Range

1823-1827

Description

Printed Taufschein in vertical format with angel in profile at sides, pair of birds in bottom corners, and cherub reclining on cloud at top center.

Dimensions in Inches

16 1/8 x 13

Materials

Watercolor and ink on paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Reading, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Category

Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)

Motifs

angels, birds, flowers, clouds, fruits

Associated Names

Johannes Schmoyer, Eva Dieterich, Sara, Jacob C. Becker, Maria Dieterich

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

German script

Language

German

Comment

The Gombers frequently used red and green dots and slashes to decorate, as seen here in the angels’ gowns. Little is known about this elusive couple who worked in Berks and Lehigh counties. Philip Gomber bought over 1200 printed Taufscheine and house blessings from the Adler store in Reading between 1817-1822. Catharine purchased about 2,300 between 1824-1827, after her husband’s death in 1822. All the certificates they bought were uncolored, and almost all in German. From 1823-1827, Ritter had no partner and ran his Adler store business alone. He switched from using the imprint Johan Ritter and Co. to simply Johan Ritter, as seen here. This is the same edition as PAG1998.195.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #676

Published

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. 4, p. 192.

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