1879 Newspaper Advertisment for Hanukkah-Related Event
Although Christmas cards in the United States date back to the 1850's, they weren't widely distributed until the Polish-born lithographer Louis Prang popularized them in the 1870's. By 1881, Prang's company was printing five million cards per year. With this commercial popularity, the season of Hanukkah soon became part of this market. The advertisement below produced by the Young Men's Hebrew Association (mentioned by Kosofsky during the program) illustrates the marketing efforts of this Jewish holiday.
Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka
ACADEMY OF MUSIC,
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 1879.
The greatest Jewish event chronicled in the Post-Biblical History, the recollection of which ever awakens the true Jewish spirit and patriotism, will be celebrated by the
Young Men's Hebrew Association,
in a manner and style never before equalled, and worthy the subject and occasion.
Living representations of the stirring scenes and glowing events of the Maccabean war and triumph will be vividly protrayed [sic], concluding with a grand procession of the return of the victorious heroes.
The tableaux will be under the direction of Prof. CARL MARWIG, the genius of Children's Carnival Balls.
Costumes new and original, historically correct, and specially designed to illustrate the Maccabean period.
Choruses of Hebrew Melodies will be rendered by 100 children of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum.
Music by an Orchestra of 100 performers.
GRAND BALL AFTER THE TABLEAUX.
The prices of admission have been fixed to enable all to join in this Jewish National Celebration. Gentleman's ticket, $2.00; Ladies' ticket, $1.00.
Tickets for sale at the Association Rooms, 110 West 42nd Street, and by the following gentlemen:
Daniel P. Hays, 170 Broadway.
H. M. Leipziger, 413 E. 58th St.
H. P. Binswanger, 43 John St.
A. E. Karelsen, 69 Nassau St.
Morris S. Wise, 291 Broadway.
M. Solomons, 110 W. 42nd St.
S. J. Levy, 564 Broadway.
Dr. E. Hochheimer, 315 E. 4th St.
U. Herrmann, 67 Pine St.
A. L. Sanger, 117 Broadway.
J. Klaber, 223 W. 51st St.
M. Lippmann, 368 Broadway.
Mitchell Hershfield, 293 Broadway.
Reserved Seats and Boxes for sale at the ASSOCIATION ROOMS, and by MAX D. STERN, Treas., 32 Broadway.