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Oberammergau Passion Play cards

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: ML-010

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a partial set of 40 black and white souvenir cards (6.5" x 4.75") published by F. Bruckmann in 1922. The cards are photographic, depicting scenes from the Oberammergau Passion Play, including both group and individual shots. Two of the cards are signed by actor Anton Lang, who played Jesus.


  • 1922



This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission form the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of F. Bruckmann Publishing

Friedrich Bruckmann founded F. Bruckmann Publishing in Frankfurt, Germany in 1858. In 1863 the company moved to Munich, Germany. After Friedrich Bruckmann's death in 1898, his sons, Hugo and Alphons took over the company.

History of the Oberammergau Passion Play

The Passion Play has been performed since 1634 as a tradition in the village of Oberammergau, Germany. The play depicts the life and death of Jesus. After months of suffering from the bubonic plague, the residents of Oberammergau made a vow to perform the play every 10 years if they were spared. After 1674 the date was changed so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680.

The play continues to be performed as of 2010.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 of 3 collections in card box)

Language of Materials



A partial set of 40 black and white cards with photographs of the Oberammergau Passion Play, published by F. Bruckman in 1922. Two of the cards are signed by actor Anton Lang, who played Jesus.


The partial set of 40 cards are arranged chronologically from Card No. 2-Card No. 95.

Custodial History

The cards were found in an envelope addressed to Mr. Eugene W. Szalay in Arizona, from Olsen Press in New Jersey. The envelope is postmarked February 14, 1957.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Marian Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jillian Slater in 2011.

Guide to the Oberammergau Passion Play cards, 1922
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Repository Details

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