Friday, September 14, 2012

A stolen sheitel

Here's an ad promising a reward for the recovery of a stolen wig worth £3 which, according to my crude calculations, is over $600 today.
From the New State of Europe January 20, 1702.

1 comment:

  1. A peruke is almost always a man's wig (interestingly, the French word that is the origin of this word, peruque, also became the English "periwig," which is the source of the word "wig"). Also worth noting is that Yiddish also maintains this distinction: a parukh is something a man wears to hide his baldness, whereas a sheitel is, well, a sheitel.



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