An Evening with Sholem Aleichem - my grandparents - wood resin casting


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    This is a dual portrait of two old Yiddish folks, emigrated from Russia at the turn of the century, and lived up in Harlem in the 20's. The man on the left had a cigar store down near Hester St., but then took up carting textile equipment ... I assume, since his son ended up in the same business, only using big trucks to move linen factories. I know so much about the man, because he is my grandfather (who I never knew). His name was Heschel. His wife's name was Bayla. She had 6 children in Russia, and lost the last of them on the ship over and Ellis Island. So she started over and had six more. My dad was the last.