We are currently processing the second half of the Stephen Solender Subject Files. While arranging these files for processing, I discovered a small purse containing UJA pins. The purse was appropriately housed in a folder entitled “Donated Purse w/ UJA Pins.” We have not encountered that many artifacts in the collection thus far, so a find like this is great! There are 37 pins attached to the purse, covering almost the entire surface area of the purse. The pins contain slogans evocative of the times they were from. Pins containing such slogans include “Save Them Now, Absorb Them Now”, “Strengthen The Settlements,” “Give Them Home and Hope,” “Homes Not Hovels,” “If I Forget Thee,” “$100000000 for Refugees”, “1939-1953 Fifteen Years of Life Saving Service,” “Help UJA Build New Lives – In Israel and Other Lands,” “For Service to UJA”, “UJA Torchbearer 1951”, “U.J.A. Homemaker 1952”, and ﬣﬤנּסּתּ (“The Knesset”).
Pictured below are two images containing both sides of the purse, shielded with pins. Click images to enlarge.
We will continue to blog as more interesting artifacts are found.