JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: ROTHSCHILD a name where and how ? #general
Judy wrote on 10 feb 2006 in soc.genealogy.jewish:
ROTHSCHILDIn that time many people where analphabetic and the signs of cafes and
shops had to be visual. Itinerant painters were ordered to make a name into
a visual display.
A famous one was a London smitty, later inn, named "The Infante od
Castille" [baby Isabella, I believe, later wife of Ferdinand of Aragon]
which was vulgated to "Elephant and Castle", so the shield shows/showed an
Elephant and a Castle Keep.
I believe colours were also part of the visual image, so being the
establishment with a red sign hanging outside in the Frankfurter Jüdengasse
had a good business appeal.
The best historical link I found here:
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