Ladino Advertisements from Old Istanbul

September 3, 2019 | Izak Baron
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For centuries, Istanbul was home to a large community of speakers of Ladino—a variant of Spanish unique to descendants of the Jews who had fled the Iberian Peninsula and found refuge in the Ottoman empire. By the 20th century, Istanbul’s Jews had their own Ladino newspapers. Izak Baron presents pictures of advertisements from local newspapers, some dated as late as the 1970s. These include a Rosh Hashanah greeting from the Jewish hospital, an advertisement for a private tutor offering lessons in French, English, Hebrew, and math, and—naturally—another advertisement for kosher salami and pastrami.

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