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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gimpel Beynish, famous Jewish matchmaker of the Lower East Side in the early 1900s, on t-shirts

One of my recent projects has been to clean up, translate, and publish the daily Yiddish comic strip called "Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker," which was illustrated by Samuel Zagat. His wife wrote a book about him in which she wrote that he never copyrighted any of his work. You can visit the blog I made for Gimpel, who was an irrepressible, grouchy, incompetent, curious, delightful fellow who was wildly popular on the Bowery back in the day: GimpelBeynish.com and there are two books of his comics which I've published.

I cast about for ways to increase Gimpel's fame in the modern era. Maybe t-shirts? Click on either of these pictures to visit the tshirts at "Merch by Amazon," only $14.99...

I'm trying out some Gimpel t-shirts on Amazon. Click to go have a look. Just $14.99 for a fine Jewish t-shirt experience! I'm wondering if I should add his name in Yiddish below the picture. 




Here is the other t-shirt design I'm trying out. Click the picture to go visit the tshirt in several colors. Just $14.99.

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