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Item No: frk01119
Baptismal Wish (Taufwunsch) for Magdalena [unknown]
Baptismal Wish (Taufwunsch)
Note: Based on related example
Physical Description: Leaf
Dimensions: 21.1 cm x 24.1 cm
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Media Type: Manuscripts
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
[Unknown], Ludwig Pfeifer; [Unknown], Magdalena
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script is within a heart in the center of the document. It is surrounded by flowers, including carnations. The term Höle may refer to Hölle (hell) or Höhle (den, cave).
See Yoder, p. 27. for a nearly identical example dated 1814.
Heute bist du \ zarte Seele aus der sünden Laster Höle \ durch die Tauf hinaus geführt Halt dich nunmehr zu den frommen \ so wirst du die Krone des Lebens bekommen Also wünschet von Hertzen dein getreuer Pfötter Ludwig \ Pfeifer Göttel du bist getauft d. 5 Märtz \ und heiset also \ Magdalena \ 1815 \
Today you tender soul was led through the baptism out of the den [hell?] of sin and vices. Keep from now on to the pious so you will receive the crown of life. Such wishes from the heart your faithful godfather Ludwig Pfeifer. Godchild, you were baptized on the 5th of March and are named Magdalena. 1815.
Don Yoder, "The European Background of Pennsylvania's Fraktur Art," in Cory M. Amsler, ed., Bucks County Fraktur (Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1999), pp. 15-41.
Lisa Minardi, "Quill & Brush: An Introduction to Pennsylvania German Fraktur," in Framing Fraktur: Pennsylvania German Material Culture & Contemporary Art, ed. Judith Tannenbaum (Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015), published on p. 29 as fig. 15.
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