Schnitzelbank Song Poster

Title

Schnitzelbank Song Poster

Subject

German Americans
Songs, German
Antisemitism

Description

The "Schnitzelbank (Carving Bench) Song" was used by German-Americans to preserve and teach German language. This song was most popular for teaching children and for sing-a-longs at taverns. The poster consists of twenty-four images with rhyming lyrics, sang in sets of two in a call-and-response format. Some images are consistent across posters, while others vary. Included on this poster is an antisemitic caricature of a Jewish man.

The social component and length of this drinking song could be compared to "Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer." At the top of the poster, Yuengling brewery advertises their name. The beer distributor being featured at the top of the poster varied geographically.

Date

1934

Coverage

Rochester, New York

Type

Image
Image

Format

image/jpeg

Citation

“Schnitzelbank Song Poster,” Pennsylvania History Harvest, accessed November 16, 2018, http://pahistoryharvest.com/items/show/593.

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