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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1930s
Description Brise fan. Ivory-color molded plastic sticks have a raised floral design along the top edge and a pierced design in the lower half. Hand-painted flowers on one guardstick, with a handwritten inscription across the four center sticks: "HAPPY / NEW / YEAR" and the equivalent inscription in Hebrew letters. Sticks are joined near the top with a blue satin ribbon. Riveted at bottom, with a beige silk tassel attached at rivet.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Holiday, Judaism)
Ownership and History Brise fans have no fan leaf; they are typically made from sticks that are joined together by a ribbon. This small fan was used to send holiday wishes. Its Hebrew inscription "L'Shanah Tovah," meaning "for a good year," is the traditional greeting for Rosh Hashanah, which marks the start of the Jewish new year.
Earliest Date 1928
Latest Date 1940
Material Plastic
Subjects Holidays
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number X01.0059
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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