Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Objects of the Month

Take a peek into our collection each month as we highlight an object from the archives.


Thumbnail of Beatles photo
Washington Coliseum scrapbooks, 1960s

Thumbnail of Seder photo, 1946
Military Seder at Mayflower Hotel, 1946

Frozen Custard shop, 1946
Frozen Custard Shop, c. 1946

Smith's Pharmacy
Smith's Pharmacy,
c. 1960s & 1968

Louis Brandeis's notebook label, 1877
Louis D. Brandeis's law school notebook, 1877

Einstein Letter thumbnail
Letter, Albert Einstein to H. Max Ammerman, 1938

Walter Tobriner
and Fair Housing, 1960s



This year, in conjunction with the Jewish Food Experience, our Objects of the Month feature DC's rich Jewish food history. For stories about this history and the latest  on the local Jewish food scene – recipes, restaurants, chefs, events, and volunteer opportunities – visit

Thumbnail of Hebrew Academy photo
Photograph of Klivitzky's storefront, 1918

Cakebox from Luci Baines Johnson's wedding, 1966

Hofberg's menu, 1950s
Hofberg's menu,

Cropped thumbnail of teens at fraternity dance, 1950s
Upsilon Lambda Phi fraternity dance, c.1945

Thumbnail of ration card, early 1940s
Ration card,
early 1940s

Thumbnail of Sheldon S. Cohen video
Sheldon S. Cohen oral history, 2011

Thumbnail of Rich's blintz box
Rich's cherry-blintz box, c. 1950s

Thumbnail of Rich's blintz box
Store grabbers, early 20th century

Thumbnail of ration card, early 1940s
Sisterhood cookbooks, 1950

Comet Liquor menu thumbnail
Comet Liquor
deli menu, 2000s


Thumbnail of Hebrew Academy photo
Photograph of Hebrew Academy students, c. 1965

Newsclipping photo of JCC basketball players, 1935
Newsclipping of JCC women basketball players, 1935

Thumbnail crop of Youth Aliyah pledge card
Youth Aliyah pledge card, 1930s-1940s

Thumbnail of Grand Army of the Republic Encampment reception invitation, 1892
Invitation to Grand Army of the Republic reception, 1892

Arthur Welsh thumbnail
Arthur Welsh
in airplane,

Arthur Welsh thumbnail
District Grocery Stores sign, 1920s

Thumbnail of stained glass window
Stained glass window

Walter Tobriner thumbnail
76th D.C. Board of Commissioners, 1965

photograph of tallit bag
Handsewn tallit bag, 19th century

Thumbnail of Janice Eichhorn holding a letter from Mayor Walter Washington, 1973
Jan Eichhorn with D.C. Mayor Walter Washington, 1973

Thumbnail of 1969 building move invitation
Invitation to synagogue move, 1969


Kronheim thumbnail
Photograph in
Milton S. Kronheim's lunchroom,
early 1970s

Eternal light thumbnail
Henry King, Jr. Eternal Light, 1898

Birthday postcard thumbnail
Birthday postcard from Rich's Shoes, 1935

Shoulder marks worn by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, c. 1945
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz's Shoulder Marks,
c. 1945

israeli flag thumbnail
Walter Washington and Isaac Franck dancing, 1973

Leo Bernstein thumbnail
Leo M. Bernstein Archival Collection

Thumbnail of Lady Bird Johnson's gloves
Lady Bird Johnson's leather gloves,
c. 1967

Jake Flax thumbnail
Jake Flax
at Republic Pictures,
c. 1950

Thumbnail of Jewish teen fraternity dance flier
Aleph Zadik Aleph dance flier, 1939

Thumbnail of first Giant supermarket
First Giant Supermarket, 1936

Fred Kolker with Truman's turkey, 1948

Hanukkah banner thumbnail
Hanukkah banner,
mid-20th century


Pennant thumbnail
Pennant from March on Washington, 1963

salt water bowl thumbnail
Passover salt-water bowl

circumcision gown thumbnail
Circumcision gown, 1877

israeli flag thumbnail
Flag of Israel, 1948

1876 synagogue thumbnail
Synagogue, 1876

bicentennial photo thumbnail
Bicentennial photograph, 1976

Camp Louise bracelet

Rosh Hashanah card thumbnail
Rosh Hashanah card, 1909

Jewish Lions Club banner thumbnail
Jewish Lions Club banner, c. 1940s

Immortal Chaplains postage stamp thumbnail
Immortal Chaplains postage stamps, 1948

Soviet Jewry vigil thumbnail
Soviet Jewry vigil photograph, 1973