April 18, 2013

The Digital Public Library of America

1930 Ivory Soap Ad - Yiddish

1930 Ivory Soap Ad in Yiddish

Imagine the world at your fingertips. Or, at least America at your fingertips. The Digital Public Library of America launched today with one mission: share the treasures of American literature from its libraries, museums and archived collections with the world. For free.

If you haven’t heard of this amazing resource, the writer in me urges you to check it out. From the DPLA, you can access millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, videos and more. Search by timeline, map, format and topic. Save items to lists and share your list with your friends and families. Plus, there’s metadata on millions of items for developers.

I checked out a print ad for Ivory soap written in Yiddish and printed in 1930. The copywriter in me couldn’t resist. Unfortunately, I didn’t glean any phrases that I can use in my work today 🙂

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