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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Friday, July 7, 2017

Fountain pens were as bad back then as they were in the 1970s. 2-15-1915

In the 1800s various inventors worked on alternatives to the dip pen. I see on Wikipedia that Walter A. Sheaffer patented the lever filler which became widely used by 1912. I used to use a fountain pen and had the same problems Gimpel has.

February 15, 1915: Go try and get started with a fountain pen.
  1. GB: My pen won't write today for some reason, it's useless.
  2. Jake: Take my fountain pen and write my address.
  3. GB: Yes, the ink is flowing, but it isn't writing.
  4. GB: You give the pen a good shake like this...
  5. Jake: You'll pay for my suit. It cost me thirty dollars.

געה פֿאַנג זיך אָן מיט אַ פֿאַנטען פּען.

גימפּעל בײניש: עפּעס װיל מײַן פּען הײַנט ניט שרײַבען, אַזױ װיא אומיסטנע.
דזשײק: נעהמט אײַך מײַן פֿאַונטען פּען און פֿאַרשרײַבט מײַן אַדרעס.
גימפּעל בײניש: דאָ געהט עפּעס יאָ טינט, נאָר שרײַבען קען מען אױך ניט.
גימפּעל בײניש: מען דאַרף די פּען גוט אַ טרײסעל טהוען – אָט אַזױ.
דזשײק: איהר װעט בעצאָהלען פֿאַר מײַן סוט. ער קאָסט מיך דרײַסיג דאָלאַר.


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