The Historical Society of Montgomery County is fortunate to have in its collection several examples of Fraktur, illuminated Pennsylvania German folk art.
Here we have a great example of a Geburts und Taufschein, or a record of birth and Baptism. Taufscheine are a common form of Fraktur. Preprinted in German blackletter (Gothic) type, this Taufschein was then hand painted and filled in by the family and minister. This particular Taufschein was created for Johannes Wanner, son of Amos and Elizabeth Wanner, and is part of the Wanner Family Collection (2014.222). Below the personal information is a lovely poem about the joy of being baptized.