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Object ID Number FPA 9923.1
Object Name Print, Photographic
Collection Meltzer, Dora Advertisement
Image from circa 1900
to circa 1920
Description Discovered beneath the floorboards during restoration work at 97 Orchard Street, this business card advertises "Professor Dora Meltzer" as a palm reader in both Yiddish and English. Hymen Meltzer and his wife Bessie, both Russian immigrants who arrived in the U.S. in 1885, resided at 97 Orchard with several young children in 1903-4. While records list no "Dora" among this particular household, it is possible that Bessie used an alias when advertising her palmistry and mind reading skills. According to the card, "Dora" Meltzer practiced palmistry out of apartment 4 on the first floor of 97 Orchard Street.
Search Terms 97 Orchard Street
Fortune Teller
People Meltzer, Dora
Subjects Advertisement
Palmist
Alumni & Alumnae
Jewish
Yiddish
Copyright
Provenance