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The American Jewess: An American Jewess in Paris

by, Rebecca Honig Friedman, crossposted on Jewess

As a new crop of college graduates ponder their uncertain futures and decide whether to go directly to work (if they can find work in this uncertain economy) or bum around for a while in search of inspiration, I thought it would be fun to find out what passed for "backpacking through Europe" in the turn-of-the-20th-century world of The American Jewess.

"A Chicago Graduate in Europe" is probably the funniest piece we've looked at in this TAJ feature series. It's certainly one of the strangest. And the ads are great. Who knew they had electrolysis back then?

I've color-blocked the parts I find particularly weird and entertaining (and to make it prettier).

See the entire magazine page below:

1 Comment

as a Jewess who benefits from electrolysis, I appreciate the ad at the bottom even more than the article. plus ca change... I'm a little disturbed, however, at the thought of removing a wart or mole with electrolysis.

How to cite this page

Rabinoff-Goldman, Lily. "The American Jewess: An American Jewess in Paris." 17 June 2008. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on May 25, 2017) <https://jwa.org/blog/taj-chicago-graduate-in-europe>.

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