Occupational Activities

A peddler drops in, Bath, 1921

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“A Jew called today to buy egg or hens,” Rose Billings wrote in her diary on October 17, 1921. “We had neither to spare but I gave him a Yiddish paper and he got sociable.”

The Jewish peddler who visited Rose’s house may have been seeking only business, but Rose, a young Christian woman, was eager to distribute the missionary pamphlets she had received two days before. At the back of her diary, Rose recorded the addresses of every Jewish household in Bath.

Courtesy of Richard D’Abate