Let’s Hit the Beach

Posted on August 24th, 2016 by

Julia Friedenwald making sand castles, Atlantic City, circa 1911. Gift of Julia Friedenwald Straus Potts. JMM 1984.23.789

Julia Friedenwald making sand castles, Atlantic City, circa 1911. Gift of Julia Friedenwald Straus Potts. JMM 1984.23.789

Late August means back-to-school sales, county fairs, friends posting on social media about how much they’re looking forward to fall, and – in my case – last-minute vacations. I myself grew up going to Bethany Beach, Delaware, but us mid-Atlantic residents are lucky in that we have many beaches and resorts to which we can pledge our loyalties.  A highly unscientific survey of our photo collections shows that Atlantic City, New Jersey, was a favorite for many Jewish Marylanders in the early 20th century.  I enjoy holiday snaps like these because, though the bathing costumes and boardwalks change, in some ways they don’t look all that different from the photos we might take on vacation today. If you, like me, will be going down the ocean* one last time before the summer ends, try recreating some of these views at your beach of choice.

Rosa and Pereth Cohen of Baltimore on the beach, Atlantic City, August 20, 1924.  Gift of Milford Siegel. JMM 1987.97.1

Rosa and Pereth Cohen of Baltimore on the beach, Atlantic City, August 20, 1924. Gift of Milford Siegel. JMM 1987.97.1

Members of the Jewish Educational Alliance clearly enjoying their time on the beach, Atlantic City, circa 1920. Gift of Jack Chandler. JMM 1992.231.247

Members of the Jewish Educational Alliance clearly enjoying their time on the beach, Atlantic City, circa 1920. Gift of Jack Chandler. JMM 1992.231.247

A page of the Weinberg family scrapbook, showing a variety of beach and boardwalk activities from a 1911 trip to Atlantic City.  Gift of Jan L. Weinberg. JMM 1996.50.27o

A page of the Weinberg family scrapbook, showing a variety of beach and boardwalk activities from a 1911 trip to Atlantic City. Gift of Jan L. Weinberg. JMM 1996.50.27o

Leonard Weinberg poses in front of the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, July 1918.  Gift of Jan L. Weinberg. JMM 1996.127.35

Leonard Weinberg poses in front of the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, July 1918. Gift of Jan L. Weinberg. JMM 1996.127.35

Hopefully these kids had fun during their beach day, but they look like they’re kind of over it now.  From a Friedenwald family trip to Atlantic City, circa 1925.  Gift of Julia Friedenwald Straus Potts. JMM 1984.23.631

Hopefully these kids had fun during their beach day, but they look like they’re kind of over it now. From a Friedenwald family trip to Atlantic City, circa 1925. Gift of Julia Friedenwald Straus Potts. JMM 1984.23.631

And finally, what may be my favorite beach snap in the collection – Harry Friedenwald asleep on the beach, under his straw hat. Unfortunately it’s not clear whether or not he requested that someone bury him in the sand. Atlantic City, circa 1911.  Gift of Julia Friedenwald Straus Potts. JMM 1984.23.807

And finally, what may be my favorite beach snap in the collection – Harry Friedenwald asleep on the beach, under his straw hat. Unfortunately it’s not clear whether or not he requested that someone bury him in the sand. Atlantic City, circa 1911. Gift of Julia Friedenwald Straus Potts. JMM 1984.23.807

*Confession: this is not a phrase that I grew up with (though I am a native Marylander, I promise!) – apologies if I am using it incorrectly.

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Spotlight on Collections

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by

As November 2012 comes to a close we thought it would be fun to look back and see what was going in Novembers past.

Portrait photograph of Leona Adler, November 24, 1910. Courtesy of Julius Mandel. 1990.209.90c.

Hilda (Lapides) Rudy and Sheldon Rudy (infant), November 1, 1936. Taken in front of Rudie's Pharmacy, 3100 Block of West North Avenue. Courtesy of Bessie Franklin. 1989.78.7.

Gela Baser and Fred Perchal at their wedding with guests in Brussels, Belgium, November 28, 1945. Courtesy of Rabbi Manuel Poliakoff. 1996.113.7.

Irving Cohn and family in Atlantic City, NJ, November 1946. Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Myron M. Oppenheimer. 2003.86.9.

Hymen Saye teaching ?Introduction to Hebrew? at the College of Jewish Studies, November 1947. Rhoda (Goldstein) Wilkis is in the front row, third from left, and Doris (Pollack) Schnider is fourth from left, wearing a dark dress, looking at the teacher. Courtesy of Hymen Saye. 1991.7.30.

Housing Authority of Baltimore event on November 1, 1951. From the estate of Jacob Fisher. 1972.36.1.22.

Photograph of Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin signing a proclamation designating the week as American Jewish Congress Week, November 1956. Pictured from left to right are: Meyer Cardin, Gertrude Benesh, Irvin Kovens, Maurice Cardin, Judge Daniel Friedman, Isaac Taylor, Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin, Otto D. Weill, Senator Philip H. Goodman, Florence Rogers, and Samuel Steinbach. Courtesy of Jack L. Levin. 1984.3.43.

The 50th Anniversary of the United Synagogues of America Convention at the Concord, November 17, 1963. J. Benjamin Katzner is standing at left. Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is seated immediately to the right of the podium. 1985.156.12.

Dedication ceremony of the restored Lloyd Street Synagogue, November 8, 1964. Courtesy of Janet Fishbein (daughter of Susan Levy Bodenheimer), Ellen Patz, Ruth Gottesman & Vera Mendelsohn Mitnick. 2002.79.931.

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Guests listening to the program at a Jewish National Fund event, November 5, 1967. 1985.156.24.

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More Prohibition stories

Posted on March 1st, 2012 by

The sooner prohibition is done away with the better it will be for the people of theUnited States. All the wickedness existing now among Americans is indirectly traceable to prohibition. I always have been an opponent of the Volstead act and, I may add, a militant opponent.  — The Rev. Dr. William Rosenau, rabbi of the Eutaw PlaceTemple, The Baltimore Sun, January 6, 1930

As the archivist at the Jewish Museum of Maryland the man quoted above was very familiar to me.  We have many items in our collection related to Rosenau including a small manuscript collection (MS 44) and this picture taken only a few years before his statement against Prohibition.

As you might imagine a lot of the local Baltimorearticles about Prohibition center on police raids and the violation of the Volstead Act (the act that outlined what Prohibition would be).  A January 14, 1922 article in The Baltimore Sun, describes five raids that took place here in the very neighborhood where the JMM stands (which was at that time a predominantly Jewish neighborhood).  The article details many dramatic moments including an attack on law enforcement.  “Sergeant Ferguson, Central district, was struck over the head by an alarm clock thrown by a woman supposed to be Mrs. Levine.” (pg. 16)  A few paragraphs later the article describes the discovery of an unfortunate bootlegger operating out of his bakery a few blocks away.  He might have escaped the raids except that a fire broke out in his business drawing attention to two hidden stills.  Stories like this occurred throughout Baltimore and the rest of theUnited States during the 1920s and early 1930s.  Like Rosenau many people opposed Prohibition.  He spoke out against it while other citizens put their protest into action by continuing to buy or even make alcoholic drinks.

Unidentified woman, 1920s. Unconnected with any of the idividuals in the article described above, but still a fabulous period image. 1988.46.12

And now for a little costume inspiration.  Just because the theme is the Speakeasy doesn’t mean that you have to go for the typical fringed flapper.  You don’t even have to go for accurate historical duds.

Consider modern fashions inspired by the 1920s and 1930s

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/royal-wave-dress

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/midwinter-mist-dress

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/pretty-in-mink-dress

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/sudden-sophistication-dress

Or maybe put a little Steampunk in your costume:

http:///www.polyvore.com/1920s_steampunk/set?id=24582162

Aaron Cohen (left) and Sol Freedman c.1925. I love their hats! 1989.211.023

Fictional characters can add some interest and make you stand out:

Do you have a foundness for Indiana Jones or maybe Nancy Drew http:///nancydrewsleuths.blogspot.com/2011/10/nancy-drew-blog-party-day-4-1930s-nancy.html

Or be a 1920s icon:

Bonnie and Clyde http:///www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/bonnie-and-clyde

Women’s tuxedo – http:///thedreamstress.com/2011/12/porcelaintoys-monsters-music-video-my-screen-debut-as-a-costumer/marlene-dietrich-tuxedo-life-archives-eisenstaedt/

And in case you need a little more here are pictures from our collection

Rose Shapiro Freedman in her bridal gown and veil, c. 1925. Wearing a 1920s era wedding dress to Purim Pandemonium might seem a little strange, but it would certainly make a statement! 1989.211.6.26

Unidentified people, c. 1925. Check out the bathing garb! And the light colored suit. 2003.94.5.39

 

Unidentified woman, c. 1925. As with the tuxedo this look can work for men or women. 2003.94.5.31.

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