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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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2-25-1915: Gimpel is flattered by a traveling encyclopedia salesman with predictable results.

A tenet of good sales work: flatter your customer, appeal to his vanity. The traveling salesman was a common figure back then. His product was not cheap! But he sold on the installment plan. I bet his best customers were those who wanted their children to be educated and successful.

February 25, 1915: Of course sometimes a little business gets done.
  1. GB: Well, what times! If only there were somebody around to make a little business with!
  2. Jake: Mister Gimpel Beynish, you're the right man at the right time.
  3. Jake: I know you're a whiz with educated type things, you know.
  4. Jake: So I have to sell you three sets of the newest encyclopedia.
  5. GB: So it costs money - as long as I'm considered an educated man.

עפּעס ביזנעס מאַכט זיך איהם דאָך אַמאָל.

גימפּעל בײניש: נו, אַ צײַט! עס זאָל אפֿילו זײַן כאָטש מיט װעמען צו רײדען ביזנעס.
דזשײק: מיסטער גימפּעל בײניש, איהר זײַט דער ריכטיגער מאַן אױפֿ׳ן ריכטיגען פּלאַץ.
דזשײק: איך װײס, אַז איהר זײַט אַ מזיק אױף דיא געבילדעטע זאַכען, יו נו.
דזשײק: מוז איך אײַך פֿאַרקױפֿען דרײַ סעטס פֿון דער נײַעסטער ענציקלאָפּעדיע.
גימפּעל בײניש: זאָל קאָסטען געלד, אַבי מען האַלט מיך פֿאַר אַ געבילדעטען מאַן.

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