Jan. 9, 1928
Right after you left Esur and I went up to my abode. There we found a group of young fellows and girls who were pleasure bent. Dancing and singing they carried on in a grand old fashion. Esur caught the spirit and added his mite in the best manner her could summon. I adjourned to my room and went over mentally all the incidents that took place during your brief stay in New York. While I derived an abundance of pleasure of your visit I also feel as if I were robbed of plenty due to submitting to some silly conventions. I believe you and I discussed this briefly. Therefore I made a firm resolution that the next time you come here or when I visit Troy nothing is going to hinder our pleasurable companionship. “There’s no use to cry over spilt milk” as the native would say but good resolutions are always in order.
Blakely seems to fear any business connections with Jews. He told Hank Harris that the Semites are inherently shrewd and uncanny. He once had a Jew working for him. After a couple of years the Jew went in business for himself taking part of Blakely’s business with him. (Moral). Therefore Jews are as a whole unloyal employees. Such shallowness speaks for itself, comments as to his mental deficiencies would be excessive. So much for that.
However I am not without some sort of income. I just got a pupil who takes two lessons a week and a shoe job for Saturdays. These help keep the wolf from the door. But I was promised every so many positions. If one could live on promises I could be economically secure.
You will not be sorry for reading the last volume of the Mysteries of the People. It will give you a very good insight of European history and acquaint you with the outstanding historical figures. Then you will be prepared to read The Wandering Jew.
Here’s a little gossip in return for your “rare bit”. Margie returned from Detroit Friday last and Dave is carrying on in the regular Don Juan style. Henry has a couple of bimbos at his boarding house who are eager and willing. Apparently the women are becoming the more aggressive of the sex.
Is Leo coming down Sunday? Hoping you and everyone of our mutual friends are tip-top and crazy as ever.
P.S. If you were only near me I’d whisper something nice in your lovely ear. KISS IT MABBE.
Editor’s Notes: Thelma was able to spend a whole week of the New Year with Izzy. Though we don’t get details of the trip I’m sure they went to shows and concerts and parties together. Like any couple spending a week together after being apart for so long, and knowing they will have to separate at the end, little tiffs were also likely to happen. Izzy’s promises not to let silly things get in the way next time, though.
We don’t have any background info on who Blakely is but we get the idea that maybe Izzy was angling for a job but, as a Jew, it was not meant to be. Blakely’s views weren’t exactly outside of the mainstream – Henry Ford was famously anti-Semitic and believed they controlled the business world. You can read all about Ford’s fears in “The International Jew”, originally stories that were published in his newspaper, the Dearborn Independent. It was a different time of course; check out this blog post about the KKK march on Washington in 1928.
Again Izzy asks Thelma how she’s doing with “The Mysteries of the People” and mentions “The Wandering Jew” also by Eugene Sue. He must have been quite the quick reader, especially on subjects he was passionate about.
Lastly, we get some neighborhood gossip of heartbreakers and loose women. Not to mention the observation about women becoming more aggressive and possibly more progressive about sex. At the time, Margaret Sanger was writing about birth control, Virginia Woolf was writing not-so-subtle novels about women’s inner lives that all certainly contributed to the 1st wave of Feminism.
Feminist or not, the P.S. is sweet.