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Fannie Schwartz Embroidered State Fair Flag, 1946

In 1946 the Texas State Fair reopened, or as they called it then the “Victory Fair.” The fair was closed from 1942 to 1945 due to World War II, and the shortages of rubber affected the transportation of exhibitions. In the September 29, 1945 Billboard Magazine, they announced the Victory Fair, and that it was planning a $700,000 improvement program,  approved by the State Fair Association directors. They also planned on replacing the automobile building which had been destroyed by a fire in 1941, with a “modern exhibit building.” When the fair reopened in 1946 one of the sideshows included a man, “Scotty Scott,” who was buried alive in a casket 6 feet underground; for the length of the State Fair, 5 ½ months. From the Fannie Schwartz Collection             https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2011/10/03/fair-flashback-when-there-was-no-state-fair-early-1940s/ https://flashbackdallas.com/2019/10/30/buried-alive-at-the-fair-park-midway-1946/ https://books.google.com/books?id=oBgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT57&lpg=PT57&dq=1946+victory+fair&source=bl&ots=-FpZQ1mSlh&sig=ACfU3U2CMX7A5KO94rtFFLQhoZ5veyoS5A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjXw9XQr4nqAhUQTawKHcBJAxQQ6AEwEHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=1946%20victory%20fair&f=false
DJHS Admin
June 30, 2020
oral history

Charles Rosenson

Charles "Chip" Rosenson Interviewed by Jo Reingold on July 17, 2019. Chip passed away June 22, 2020, may his memory be for a blessing. Click here to watch his interview.
DJHS Admin
June 29, 2020
From the Archive

BBG Star Of Deborah Pin

This is a gold Star of Deborah which is an individual award given out by the B’nai B’rith Girls or BBG organization. There is criteria and a point system in place to receive this honor. It includes earning 400 points, advisor approval, an essay, and the recruitment of 3 new members. From the Luterman Family Collection.  
DJHS Admin
June 25, 2020
From the Archive

Mr. Meyer J. Rachofsky Name Plate

Meyer J. Rachofsky was the Vice President of Mercantile National Bank. Mr. Rachofsky was also the treasurer of Golden Acres, as seen in the October 17, 1957 Texas Jewish Post Newspaper. The Mercantile National Bank is well known for its iconic building located on Main Street in Downtown Dallas. The building was completed in 1943, and it was the only major skyscraper built during World War II. It was also the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for over a decade. The building, now called The Merc, is currently home to many people as it was converted into an apartment building. From the Morton Rachofsky Collection   https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth755520/m1/4/?q=Meyer%20J.%20Rachofsky
DJHS Admin
June 23, 2020
From the Archive

Abraham Levi Family Portrait & Family Tree

Here is a family portrait of Abraham Levi, with his children and grandchildren. Abraham Levi was born in 1822 in France. Leaving France at age 24 he landed in America and eventually made his way to Texas. Abraham was a large influence on the Victoria, Texas community. Levi served as president of the Victoria Jewish congregation for a quarter of a century. He also financed the area's first electrical generator and ice plants. He died on November 30, 1902, and was buried in the B'nai B'rith Israel Cemetery at Victoria.
DJHS Admin
June 2, 2020
From the Archive

The Mid-Cities Anglers of Texas Trophy

Sig Badt was given this desk trophy for being the master of ceremonies for the awards banquet for Mid-Cities Anglers Club in 1972. The Mid-Cities Anglers of Texas, as they call themselves now, was organized in 1965 and is one of the oldest clubs in the area. The club defines itself as family-friendly, and a small club. The desk trophy displays a fish, a clock, and a pen holder.  From the Sig Badt Collection    
DJHS Admin
May 28, 2020
From the Archive

Sweetheart Pin

Similar to the WWII sweetheart pin, or fraternity pins, this was the first sweetheart pin given to Dallas AZA's first Sweetheart, Pearl Freed Klausner in the late 1930s. The pin has the Star of David, and is connected by a chain to a horn with the word “Sweetheart” on it. BBYO is currently made up of The Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) founded in 1924, and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) which was founded in 1944. Because the BBG was founded later, the sweetheart pin was most likely given out by members of the AZA to girls they socialized with.  From the Debbie Schweig Collection
DJHS Admin
May 26, 2020
From the Archive

Shield of David Award

Harold Schackman was the recipient of the “Shield of David Award” that is given out by the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA). AZA states this about the award: “One of the most historic and prestigious honors awarded to an Aleph, the Shield of David Award, recognizes Alephs who throughout their tenure in the Aleph Zadik Aleph have displayed outstanding leadership contributions, a consistent commitment to the fraternity that is AZA, and a consistently participated across all tiers of the Order – Chapter, Council, Regionally and Globally.” The award arrived at DJHS in poor condition due to age-related wear, but it is currently stabilized in our vault, so no further stress is placed on the item. In the future, conservation may be used to restore the item. From the Harold Schackman Collection
DJHS Admin
May 21, 2020
From the Archive

WWII Military Bag and Materials

Lieutenant Sol Kaplan's WWII military bag was donated to the DJHS archive in 2005. The bag has his name written on the outside, which he probably wrote himself to differentiate from other soldiers. The bag contained such things as artillery school books, colored pencils, metal tacks, a ruler, and a notebook filled with letter-writing materials. The bottom of the bag has staining and holes from usage by Lieutenant Sol Kaplan. From the Kaplan Family Collection
DJHS Admin
May 19, 2020
From the Archive

Leroy Gerald Lewin, World War II Army

In the DJHS archive, we have Leroy Gerald Lewin’s World War II Army Dress Jacket, which was donated by his daughter. Over the right breast pocket is his name pin, and over the left pocket are his medals and insignia. The medals denote the following (Top-Bottom; L-R): Bronze Star  Army Commendation  Purple Heart Likely Philippine Liberation with bronze service star, displayed upside down Armed Forces Reserve with hourglass device denoting 10+ years of service Unidentified (if you know, please leave a comment-- we're stumped!) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign  American Campaign  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with two bronze service stars and a bronze arrowhead. The bronze arrowhead is a device signifying participation in a military assault, by land or by sea WWII Victory   The jacket also features lapel insignia, a tank in front of crossed sabers, indicating that Leroy Lewin was part of the Armor division. This insignia design came into style after 1950. From the Leroy Lewin Collection
DJHS Admin
May 14, 2020