One of the most important ways of staving off the influenza epidemic is cleanliness. Everyone’s advised to change underwear more frequently.
Those who must sit shiva, may god protect them, may and must ease off in observing the laws of mourning
During the 1918 Influenza, a Forverts advertiser gave out helpful and less-than-helpful health tips.
FYI: Reading the Forverts of early winter 1918, with the influenza epidemic ramping up and an election forthcoming, the paper sounds eerily like today’s news. The Forverts reported nearly 3,000 cases of influenza in the city and a commissioner who thought it wasn’t serious (10/10/18). At the tail end of the article, they placed an inhouse public service announcement encouraging women to get their sisters in their tenements registered to vote. A few days later, founding editor Ab Cahan managed to mash up these two critical points affecting his immigrant majority working class readership. If you want better living conditions, like heating in your tenement rooms—vote the socialist ticket. It was life and death, he wrote.
It was on our pages that many American Jews followed Charles Lindbergh’s transformation from hero to anti-Semitic avatar.
At an evening devoted to her new book, the audience listened and debated some of the explicit Yiddish terms Troim Katz Handler used in her poems.
At 90, Gert Levitan decided it was time to tell the unlikely love story of her parents, and how a beloved Yiddish daily played matchmaker.
Forverts readers were often desperate for news of their hometowns and families in Europe during World War I.
Looking at these images, you can imagine yourself in a noisy, clanging, hot, dusty, dangerous press room.
Long ago, we drove our metal plates and type to press in horse and wagon in the very neighborhood where this exhibition is being held.