Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker
(Gimpl Beynish der Shadkhn)
Yiddish Comics of the early 20th century

Translation and commentary by Jane Peppler
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Nicholas II is booted out of Krakov, and a piano tuner fools the social climber. 12-25-1914

Nicholai's Christmas Present
Franz Josef and Wilhelm, with cannons in Krakow, kick Nicholas II out of the frame. Caption:
"Fine boots, and they have feet in them too."

Well-to-do young ladies wanted doctors or lawyers for husbands back then, too. This piano tuner had the right clothes to be a suitable match.

December 25, 1914: America is a free country and a piano tuner may dress like a doctor.
  1. GB: This is a regular doctor. I should have a chat with him.
  2. GB: Just the match for Suzy. Say, Mister Doctor, excuse me.
  3. GB: She's right here. I tell you - come.
  4. GB: Pleased to meet you. This is Miss Suzy and this...
  5. "The Doctor": Well, where's the piano you want me to fix?

אַמעריקאַ איז אַ פֿרײַע מדינה און אַ פּיאַנאָ-טונער מעג אױסזעהן װיא אַ דאָקטאָר.

גימפּעל בײניש: דאָס איז אַ רעגעלער דאָקטאָר. מען דאַרף אַ שמועס טהוען מיט איהם.
גימפּעל בײניש: פּונקט אַ שידוך פֿאַר סוזי׳ן. סעי, מיסטער דאָקטאָר, זײַט-זשע מוחל.
גימפּעל בײניש: אָט דאָ איז זיא, ניט װײַט. איך זאָג אײַך – קומט.
גימפּעל בײניש: פּליז-טו-מיטשו. דאָס איז מיז סוזי און דאָס –
״דער דאָקטאָר״: נו, װאו-זשע איז דיא פּיאַנאָ װאָס איהר װילט איך זאָל פֿיקסען?

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