Beautifully engraved certificate from the Philadelphia Demokrat Publishing Company issued in 1908. This historic document was has an ornate border around it with the company's name on top center. This item is hand signed by the Company's President and Secretary and is over 97 years old.
The Philadelphia Demokrat Publishing Company published, among other books, the Amerikanischer Dolmetscher, der unfehlbare Rathgeber für Einwanderer und Eingewanderte in the 1890s. The purpose was to help the German-speaking immigrant learn the English language without the help of a teacher. This guidebook includes basic grammar and a guide to pronunciation. Words and useful phrases are given in German and then English, with a phonetic aid to pronouncing the English words. For example, der Abend, “evening” in English, is to be pronounced “ihw’ning” by speakers of German. Also included are examples of various forms of letters for both social and business occasions in both languages, an English-German/German- English dictionary, forms of address, the states and their capitals, postal rates, and information on attaining U.S. citizenship.
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