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, November 21, 2017

2-28-1915: A political cartoon and a comic strip on the subject of Purim, 1915

February 28, 1915: Uncle Sam's Purim feast
Left to right: Austria, Germany, Russia, Belgium, England, America. Bag: American food
Caption: Who eats and who doesn't eat.




In the Gimpel cartoons we've often seen people trying to pay back their debts at holiday time.

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February 28, 1915: Who, who - he's certainly having a happy Purim.
  1. GB: Woe is me! This is Mister Nudnik. I owe him money.
  2. GB: Where can I hide from him? He's so harsh when he comes for his money!
  3. GB: Oy! Excuse me, Mister, I beg your pardon half a dozen times over.
  4. Jake: It's you, Mister Gimpel Beynish? I owe you money!
  5. GB: I run away from a Haman and catch a Mordechai. You could call it a Purim miracle!

2-28-1915
װעל, װעל – ער האָט געװיס אַ פֿרעהליכען פּורים.

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גימפּעל בײניש: אױ װעה איז מיר! דאָס איז מיסטער נודניק. איך בין איהם שולדיג געלד.
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גימפּעל בײניש: װאו בעהאַלט מען זיך פֿון איהם? ער איז אַזאַ שטרענגער מאָהנער!
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גימפּעל בײניש: אױ! עקסקיוז מי, מיסטער, איך בעט אײַך אַ האַלב דאָזען מחילה.
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דזשײק: דאָס זײַט איהר, מיסטער גימפּעל בײניש? איך בין דאָך אײַך שולדיג געלד!
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גימפּעל בײניש: אַנטלאָפֿען פֿון אַ המן און געכאַפּט אַ מרדכי. שײַך צו זאָגען אַ נס פּורים!

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