Postcards with captions, quips, and well-wishes, expressed in the Yiddish language, were mailed to friends and family just to stay connected. However, for the many who cannot read or understand the language they remain unexplained. Hy Mariampolski, a new Postcard History contributor, has deciphered the enigma.
Across America, the most popular meeting places after churches and city parks were the five-and-dime stores. Everyone knew the names Penney, Woolworth, Newberry, and Kress. A lady I knew referred to these department stores as “initial stops.” The four most famous were J.C., F.W., J.J., and S.H.