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"Wedding Dance Song"
From Yiddish Folksongs
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Yiddish Shop Sign, New York City
early 1900s

Specialty knives
"Here are Miller's knives and circumcision tools, the best and finest in the world. Guaranteed never to rust." So declares the hand lettering of this Yiddish shop sign, which displays three examples of the establishment's ritual cutting instruments--knifes for slaughtering poultry and cattle, and a knife for circumcision--as well as a circumcision clamp. Knifemakers Joseph and David Miller immigrated to the United States, in 1905 and 1908 respectively, from their hometown of Chotinetch in western Russia. Joseph set up his first cutlery shop on Canal Street on New York's Lower East Side.

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Gift of Irving D. Miller and Irene Miller Galdston
25" wide x 19" high x 2" thick
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· Joseph Miller and David Miller
· Jewish Immigration
· "Wedding Dance Song"

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