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Plate 88. Printed Taufschein with women in purple and green colored gowns at sides, small angels in upper corners, floral vine in lower center.

Dimensions in Inches

12 3/8 x 14 3/4


Watercolor and ink on laid paper


Drawn, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Franklin County, Pennsylvania


angels, flowers, floral

Associated Names

Benjamin Huber, Elisabetha Risser, Johannes


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




Printer Wilhelm Schöpflin printed several editions of Taufscheine from c. 1813-22 with imagery symbolizing the French Revolution. Earlier versions had a woman on the left carrying a bundle of fasces and a pole with a Phrygian cap on the end. She stood on a pedestal with an image of the American eagle on it. The right-hand woman embodied numerous elements of neo-classicism, from the empire-waist gown she wore, to the column and urn standing by her. Around 1817, Schöpflin began using new images but ones still associated with the French Revolution, including a woman on the left carrying a flaming sword and a woman on the right with the bundle of fasces, carrying a set of scales. Around 1822, Schöpflin gave up propagating the Revolution on Taufscheine and replaced the two female figures with the popular verses “ich bin getauft...” and “wann wir kaum geboren..." Schöpflin also included the earlier politicized imagery on broadsides he printed, complete with a shield-bearing American eagle at the top center.



Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #198


Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99. 2:48-49. Shoemaker, Alfred L. Check List of Pennsylvania Dutch Printed Taufscheins. Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, 1952. 42.

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