Lithographed Membership Certificate for the Socialistischer Turner-Bund, ca.1850's

[Cincinnati?]: Issued without imprint, [N.d. but before 1860]. Early membership certificate for the North American Socialistischer Turner-Bund, a German Socialist Athletic society formed by exiles from the Revolution of 1848. The Bund, established in 1850 in Cincinnati (with nearly simultaneous chapters in other centers of German immigration, including Philadelphia, New York, Milwaukee and Chicago), is generally considered the first organized Socialist organization in America. The organization disintegrated during the Civil War, but was re-established in the 1870's but with a much-reduced emphasis upon political affairs -- in fact, after about 1870, the descriptor "Socialistischer" was dropped from the organization's name. Tinted lithograph broadside, ca. 12" x 9", printed recto-only on thin paper. Text in one column within elaborate pictorial borders; blank portions for completion by hand (unused). Old folds; neat tape repairs verso; light soiling; Good.

Price: $500.00

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