The Steven Lomazow Collection of American Periodicals

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Title: Der Kibetzer (Big Stick)
Category: Humor, Yiddish
Volume: 1-3
Issue: 1-56
Date: April 1908 – January 1927
Published in: New York, NY
Vol. 1, No. 1 (April 15, 1908) to Vol. 3, No. 56 (January 27, 1911), comprising 56 issues in all, believed to be a complete run, bound in period red buckram. Small folio. Der Kibetzer was founded by the great Yiddish humorist Joseph Tunkle, or Yosef Tunkel (editor) and Gregory Hurwitz (publisher.) Tunkel (1881-1949) was a Jewish-Belarusian-American writer of poetry and humerous prose, commonly known by the pen name of Der Tunkeler “The Dark One.” He came to the U.S. in 1906 and launched Der Kibetzer two years later. It is commonly believed that in 1909 Der Kibetzer morphed into Der Groyser Kibetzer (The Big Kibetzer) and then Der Groyser Kundes (The Big Stick) but this volume proves that is not true. What happened is that Tunkel quarrelled with Hurwitz in January 1909 and established his own magazine Der Groyser Kibetzer that same month. The name was soon changed to Der Groyser Kundes. The original Kibetzer persisted with Hurwitz as editor and publisher. At first this title was a monthly, but after it’s first year became bi-weekly for the rest of the run. Hurwitz edited the magazine until Dec. 1910 when a primary stockholder installed his brother as editor for the final three issues. A number of artists contributed to Der Kibetzer, the most prominent being one who signed himself “Sam.” American poltics plas an important role in the pages, with Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, and Uncle Sam making frequent appearances. As for Der Groyser Kundes, it not only survived Tunkel’s return to Europe in 1911, but thrived until 1927. There are no holdings of this volume.