Álbum de presentación al Ex Director de Inmigración Doctor Juan A. Alsina

watercolor painting on frontispiece of book. The image features a female figure beckoning towards two males, an old man and a youth, while a large steamer enters the harbor in the background. Printed between the figures, it says "Beneficios y libertad para todos los hombres del mundo que quieren habitar en al suelo argentino."

Álbum de presentación al Ex Director de Inmigración Doctor Juan A. Alsina. 1910. La Colectividad Israelita, Buenos Aires. MSS 2016.0002.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

This luxurious album, bound in leather with a brass frontispiece, is a testament to immigration. In 1910, the Argentine Jewish community presented it to retired Director of Immigration, Dr. Juan Antonio Alsina (1852-1937) in gratitude to Alsina’s helpful immigration policies. The allegorical watercolor by Francisco Fortuny on the title page features a female Argentina beckoning towards two immigrants, an old man and a youth, while a large steamer enters the harbor in the background. The album is filled with more than 1,000 signatures from grateful Russian Jewish immigrants to Argentina.

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