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Van Bibbers Little Cigars

Here we have Dallas resident Louis Oppenheimer’s (1868-1948) “Van Bibbers Little Cigars'' case and cigar cutter.  The container is a heavy pressed paper or light weight cardboard, and has a striker on both ends. The Lorillard Tobacco Company which was located at 11601 Plano Rd, Dallas, TX 75243 carried the Van Bibber brand, and had ads in the Dallas Morning News. The  Van Bibber Little Cigars was by H. Ellis & Co., of Baltimore, USA . Manufactured by “The American Tobacco Company.”
DJHS Admin
September 22, 2020
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Morton Rachofsky – Geometric Art

Morton Rachofsky (1930-2019), a Dallas realtor, inventor, and artist among many other things created this work of art. We previously posted about his 25 hour clock that he patented; and it was eventually sold at Neiman Marcus. The Dallas Morning Newspaper on May 5, 1979 had an article about Dallas City Hall holding Dallas Art 79’, a juried show that included a similar wooden geometric piece of Rachofsky’s. Below is a link to Russell Tether which sells works by Morton Rachofsky. You can understand his material choice, and geometric design aesthetic by viewing multiple art pieces.   https://www.russelltetherfinearts.com/works-available-for-sale.html http://bit.ly/infowebmortonrachofsky  
DJHS Admin
September 17, 2020
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Parity – A Game of Economics, by I.L. Sanger

Donated with the Sanger-Badt Family Collection were game pieces and instructions for "Parity," a card-based economics game designed by I.L. Sanger in the 1930s, the object of which is to balance the bank of your nation by trading/depositing/spending based on amounts outlined on game boards. Several sets of handwritten and typed instructions accompany the game, evidence that he dedicated a great deal of time to fine-tuning his invention. In 1937, I.L. sent letters to several game companies, such as Milton Bradley, Monopoly, and Cadaco, Ltd. in an attempt to have the game manufactured and dispersed. Unfortunately, it does not appear that his efforts were successful.  Game pieces include: 15 cards representative of "Francs" in denominations of 100 billion to 1500 billion, plus a card that says "France International" 15 cards representative of "Lire" in denominations of 100 billion to 1500 billion, plus a card that says "Italy International" 15 cards representative of "Dollars" in denominations of 5 billion to 75 billion, plus a card that says "United States International" 15 cards representative of "pounds" in denominations of 1 billion to 15 billion, plus a card that says "England International" An additional card that says, "Royal International." Four game boards, 2…
DJHS Admin
September 15, 2020
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Roman Lachrymatory

At the DJHS Archive, we have a lachrymatory bottle which can also be called a tear bottle, tear catcher, tear vial, unguentaria, or unguentarium. This particular lachrymatory bottle, from the Roman Period 63 BCE - 330 CE, was given to Mrs. Mabel Byer (1888-1976) by the Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, Pinchas Sapir. This artifact is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, provided at the time it was gifted to Mabel Byer. Tear bottles were fairly common in the Roman Empire near the turn of the Common Era when mourners filled small glass bottles or cups with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of respect. There is some speculation as to the validity of these claims, as apothecary bottles with other uses were also common during this time. Collection of the Byers Estate                                     http://www.lachrymatory.com/History.htm  
DJHS Admin
September 3, 2020
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Marcy Lee Manufacturing Company – 1957 Framed Photograph

Marcy Lee Manufacturing Company originated in Tyler, Texas in 1923 and, in 1927, moved to Dallas. In 1964, Marcy Lee Manufacturing Company was the first tenant at Apparel Mart. The “Marcy Lee” name is a contraction of the name of the original partners, Lester Lief, Luis Marmar, and Morris Siegel. In the DJHS archives, we have a framed photograph of Marcy Lee workers from January 1957 in Dallas, Texas. The photo says taken by Garrett. We have an Etsy store linked below that sells antique Marcy Lee dresses. The Lief Family Collection   https://www.etsy.com/market/marcy_lee_dallas https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/dlc02
DJHS Admin
September 1, 2020
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1965 Menorah by Ellen Lord

This is a 1965, "Austin Stone," menorah designed by Ellen Lord, and created by Austin Productions. The menorah features six children with raised hands for candle holders. Made of a composite material, the menorah is made to look like the stones of the wall of Jerusalem. There are multiple types of menorahs designed by Ellen Lord that have children and look like stone.  "Austin was founded in 1952 in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a museum reproduction company featuring selections from great art collections of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, African and Contemporary sculpture.”  https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/austin-sculpture-stone-hanukkah-21102957 https://www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-1998-02-01-3188203-story.html https://www.ebth.com/items/1257061-stone-maccabee-menorah-ellen-lord
DJHS Admin
August 27, 2020
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Forest Avenue High School – 1935 Class Reunion

Forest Avenue High School, now James Madison, closed its doors in 1956, but some alumni include TV producer Aaron Spelling and Stanley Marcus of Neiman-Marcus. In 1983, the alumni made sure the school artifacts were archived at the Dallas Public Library, but at DJHS we house a small collection of artifacts from from individuals and families who attended. Here we have the name tag of Hilda Cobbel, she wore it at the Forest Avenue High School class reunion of 1935. It includes her graduation photo and a button that says “Fight Forest Fight” in one of the school colors, Forest green. Over her life, Hilda Cobbel was mentioned multiple times in the Texas Jewish Post, most notably for the JCC Purim Ball, where she was a Purim queen representing the Hadassah B & P Group in 1952.  Hilda Cobbel Collection https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2012/10/26/old-forest-avenue-high-alumni-celebrate-dallas-schools-heritage-look-to-the-future/ http://katytrailweekly.com/forest-avenue-high-school-year-anniversary-alumni-celebrate-century-of-p2445-117.htm https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth755156/m1/1/?q=hilda https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth753555/m1/9/?q=hilda https://dallaslibrary2.org/dallashistory/archives/08313.php
DJHS Admin
August 25, 2020
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Morton Rachofsky – 25-hour Xtraour Clock

Morton Rachofsky (1930-2019), a Dallas realtor among many other things, invented the 25-hour Xtraour Clock from the Circadian company which was most likely influenced by Sigmund Freud who used the 50 minute psychoanalytical hour. The Chicago Tribune wrote about this clock selling at Neiman Marcus in 1990 for $82. At the DJHS we have one of the 25 hour clocks, still in its original box and encased in acrylic - a memento donated by Rachofsky's estate. Morton Rachofsky Family Collection   https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1990-10-29-9003300508-story.html https://people.com/archive/always-running-short-of-time-let-morton-rachofsky-lengthen-your-day-with-a-25-hour-clock-vol-26-no-1/    
DJHS Admin
August 20, 2020
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Kosher Knife – Chalif

At the DJHS archive, we have a kosher butcher knife, known as the chalif, it’s wielded by a shochet; the person that uses the knife to process the animal. The chalif must be handmade and kept exquisitely sharp. There are fewer than 10 kosher knife makers worldwide. The knife can be made of various steel types, and the handle made from a variety of woods and materials, but a kosher knife must be roughly two-thirds the size of the animal’s neck that it is killing. There are different knife sizes for different animals, this knife is about 12 inches long, lending itself to a lamb. Dallas Jewish Historical Society Collection  https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/community/articles/kosher-slaughter-knifemaker
DJHS Admin
August 18, 2020
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BBYO 1956 – Montgomery Alabama

Here we have a framed photograph taken by Paul Robertson of the BBYO District 7 convention that was held at Huntington College June 5- 10, 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama is now part of region #72, “Cotton States Region”, which includes Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. With 50 countries involved in the BBYO sorority and fraternities, and a total of 700 chapters worldwide, the BBYO has grown substantially since this photo was taken in 1956. From the Ynette & Jim Hogue Collection https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117199/m1/1/
DJHS Admin
August 6, 2020