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This photograph of a shop window taken in 1942 speaks eloquently to what it means to have pride in both your heritage as well as in the country you’ve chosen as your home.

New York, New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broom [sic] Street. Photo by Marjory Collins, 1942. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c31126
New York, New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broom [i.e., Broome] Street. Photo by Marjory Collins, 1942. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c31126
New York, New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broom [i.e. Broome] Street. Photo by Marjory Collins, 1942. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d21922
New York, New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broom [i.e., Broome] Street. Photo by Marjory Collins, 1942. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d21922
Artifacts of the Jewish faith fill the window, studied carefully by a young girl. (Her gaze appears caught by the book entitled ‘The Romance of a People”.)

Even without reading the caption, a close look at the image tells the viewer we are peering into the window of a shop in the United States. The clue lies in the small banner at top left, which proclaims that the owners of this shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan are “proud to be Americans”.

Another window (right), perhaps of the same shop, declares that “it’s great to be an American” and even offers advice on how to become a citizen of the United States.

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Detail of http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d21922

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  1. This is a window on the world,our world and an example to follow. We have lost this art form and an ability to stop and stare.It is an interesting example of how we can reflect a culture and noble tradition as well as a pride that tells the world who we belong to if only like the girl we too could dwell to study and look back from without and go forward from within

  2. Beautiful. Thank you for this.

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