Famous Fantastic Mysteries, September-October, 1939
What? I want to see more of this and find out if it’s actually as offensive as it seems to be…
October 1909. Boston, Massachusetts. “Fire - Fire - I want to make the fire. An Italian boy on Salem Street Saturday morning, offering to make fires for Jewish People.” Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Another one from Shorpy, which is a great place. If you’re confused about how “Fires for Jewish People” could be anything but terrible bigoted violence, you need to learn up on the Shabbos Goy, one of the best religious workarounds ever.
Detail of folio 304r, with Jonah and the Whale, from the Cervera Bible, illuminated by Joseph the Frenchman, Spain, 1299–1300. Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment. Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon (BNP, IL.72)
What an interesting ship! I wonder how realistic a rendering it is?
(It looks like something I would draw… .)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jonah swallowed so… viscerally before. Ouch.
Coming soon to Steam and Origin!
(found via friends Simon and Peter)
Voyl iz der Mammen
Alexander Olshanetsky's Orkester
On old Yiddish klezmer music: and here I thought rappers made a lot of songs about their mothers.
Alexander Olshanetsky’s Orkester - “Voyl iz der Mammen” (1927, From Avenue A to the Great White Way)
Title even translates to “Mother is Good” which is wonderful in how straightforward it is. I’ve been catching up on my own beautifully goofy heritage with a lot of early 20th century Ashkenazi music recently, and it’s a good, weird time.
Is it just me, or does pretty much every culture (with, at most, maybe two exceptions) go, “Oh, well WE love our mothers! That’s OUR stereotype!”