This picture was taken in Chicago
and the three men were part of the substantial group
of young Yiddish poets in the city in the 1920s.
The man seated in front is the well known, Chicago
Yiddish poet, Mattes Deitch. Standing at the left
is Ben Sholem, another poet, and a carpenter like
Alter Esselin standing at the right.
This picture shows Alter Esselin in Los Angeles
and I think displays the spirit that must have been
at work with his new found assurance in his poetic
effort. He had received some recognition not
as much as he would have liked, but enough to go
This picture was a studio portrait done
in Miwaukee in the mid 1930's. Esselin is seated at
the left, beside him is Malke Tussman who was then
one of the teacher's in the Folkshule, and went on
to become a well regarded Yiddish poet,. At her right
is a man named Weingrod a successful business man.
Standing at the left is Mordecai Melrood, a distringuished
Yiddish lehrer. The next two are unidentified, and
at the far right is Isadore Tepper, one of the most
devoted members of the Perhift Theatre company throughout
the years. It is interesting to note that all the
others in the picture are dressed rather formally but
Alter Esselin has no jacket, no tie, and his top button
of his shirt is unbuttoned. Not unusual for Alter
Esselin to present himself that way.
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