Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Oct. 29, 2015



djc-1916-06-16-1-010OK, having 270,000 plus digital pages of the JN to play with for the past two years in the William Davidson Digital Archives has been great.

But, now, we get to work with thousands of pages from the Jewish Chronicle! A century of Jewish community history, as well as the history of Detroit, Michigan and America, at our fingertips.

So, I took a dive into the early issues of the Chronicle. I discovered that, if it were 1916, I could “Visit the Liberty Hungarian Kosher Restaurant and feel right.”

Want to impress your friends at the ball? A man could rent a dress suit from Schaffners and visit Henry the Hatter for the latest style of chapeau while his wife purchased a high-fashion gown for $35 at Kline’s.

Or, one can see photos of landmarks of Jewish Detroit such as the 1916 editions of the Temple Beth El or Shaarey Zedek synagogues.

On a more somber note, one can also see that the Detroit Committee for the Relief of Jewish Sufferers was urging readers to give generously to those suffering the ravages of World War I.

And, this is just the tip of the digital archives iceberg. This is great history. This is going to be fun.

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist

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