--Col. John Ward, "With the Die-Hards in Siberia," 1920.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
--Col. John Ward, "With the Die Hards in Siberia," 1920.
Still, while I have yet to find another source confirming this (or contradicting it,) it sounds like something that might have been tried (and abandoned) immediately after the Russian Revolution.
If anyone else has any information on the subject, I'd love to hear it.
Friday, April 4, 2014
The first thing you may notice about this painting is that it is adorable. The characters have totally been chibified. Their teeny hands and feet and enormous heads just about made my day.
The second thing you may notice is that the story depicted is a Jewish one--indicating that Jews lived in Pompeii. And they had a good sense of humor.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I've collected a few pictures displaying some fine historical Jewish hats:
Jewish students with their teacher in Samarkand, ca. 1910. (Bukharan Jews)
Painting of a Mountain Jewish woman from the Caucuses, (by Max Tilke, early 20th century.)
Detail of a painting by Carl Gustaf Hellqvist, 1882, Valdemar Atterdag holding Visby to Ransom. This man (who is not Valdemar) is wearing a traditional Jewish hat.
Russian Jews in NYC, 1876
A Mountain Jewish man wearing a traditional hat, 1898.
Crimean Karaite men, 1837. Karaite Judaism is distinct enough from the other branches of Judaism that the Karaites managed to avoid some of the legal persecutions against Jews in 19th century Russia, and later used this as legal precedent to avoid the Holocaust (though many still died.) Many Karaites sheltered other Jews during WWII.
Stained glass window of Daniel, Germany, 12th century.
Jewish poet Susskind of Trimberg (on the right).
This picture and the next: Mountain Jews from the Caucuses, 1901 and 1898, respectively.
Unfortunately, not all aspects of history, not even all aspects of hat history, are cheerful. Some hats were voluntarily worn. Others were not. Today, though, many traditional hats are worn with pride. (Even if the winters in Israel aren't quite what they were up in Russia.)