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Bainet Rudin's glass shop sign

For several decades of the early 1900s, Eastern European and Russian Jews dominated the garment industry of New York.
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"This is How a Tailor Sews"
From Yiddish Folksongs
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Jewish Tailor's Tools
about 1900

The tools of a man who made the cut
These shears, pressing board, buttonhole cutter, buttonhole scissors, thread holders, and measuring sticks were owned by a Russian Jew named Barnet Rudin. An apprentice tailor from Minsk, Rudin immigrated to New York City in 1899 and finally settled in Rochester, NY. There he opened a tailor's shop, which he continued to run up until his death in 1959.

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Donated by Rudin's family, 1974
Barnet Rudin (1881-1959)
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· Jewish Immigration
· "This is How a Tailor Sews"

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