National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Birth Certificate Birth Certificate
Rendered by Charles Roadman (artist), c. 1940
watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, graphite,and heightening on paperboard
overall: 48.9 x 41 cm (19 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 15" high; 12" wide
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 23 of 23

Births, baptisms, and deaths were three important family occasions recorded in fracturs. Because such records were required by law in the old country, the tradition was continued in America. This is a birth certificate recording the birth of Lea Herold, April 5, 1824. Done on old wrapping paper, the elaborate design dwarfs the writing. Flowers sprawl profusely over the page in the bold colors that mark Pennsylvania German art.

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