Title: Kaphan (or Kaplan) Family Archive
Publisher: 1933-1974, primarily, Brooklyn
Publication Date: 1933
Book Condition: Very Good
Group of photographs, letters, telegrams, passports, and more, relating to Natalie Kaphan and her immediate family. The letters, both originals and photocopies, handwritten or typed, date from 1933 (a postcard, "We regret to inform you of the death of our late Brother, Ex-Secretary Sigismund Kaphan.") to 23 February 1974, to Natalie Kaphan on Kaphan Advertising letterhead. The gathering of this material was apparently set into motion by a letter from Irwin J. Miller to (likely) the September 1970 issue of the National Jewish Monthly, seeking information on the Kaphan family. His correspondence with Leon Sayer of Alexandria, Louisiana, comprises the bulk of the correspondence -- though there are 14 pieces in all. Also includes 7 b/w picture postcards of the Kaphan family, names are scant but postmarks date from 1906-1920. Perhaps the best photographic clue is a 5x7-inch b/w photograph showing S. Kaphan with his horse-drawn cart, selling Butter, Cheese, and Eggs, from 18th Avenue, Bath Beach, Brooklyn (mounted to heavy grey cardstock, it's a bit stained and chipped, but legible). Includes the 1926 passport of Marie Kaphan, and the 1926 and 1964 passports of Natalie Kaphan (also, a facsimile of Natalie's 1903 birth certificate, her 1917 school report card, and a 1945 certificate from Standard Rolling Mills, the Army-Navy Production Award for Excellence in War Production). The Kaphans' name apparently went through some changes, making them somewhat difficult to track. They have ties to the Sapersteins of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Levys of New York -- though the Kaphans themselves seem pretty firmly rooted in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. An interesting collection, offering some nice clues to the determined investigator. Worthy of further study. Bookseller Inventory # SW476-7262
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