Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On Along the Breadline: A Baha'i Sign of Welcome on Wall Street During the Great Depression

From Zabine, the originator of Heart to Heart, this remarkable item. -gw
wow....Wall Street.....one of our early believers Roy Wilhelm who  had a coffee broker brokerage moved his business onto  Wall Street around 1908. It was the illustrious inventor of the Dodge Motor Car and Bahai in NY Arthur P. Dodge that introduced Roy to the Bahai Faith in 1901 upon their return from pilgrimage to meet with Abdu'l Baha. It was later Roy who printed the famous little "Number 9" tiny teaching booklets for our foremost Hand of the Cause of God Martha Root. They are indeed tiny, but Martha needed a lot of them in her small suitcases....

Frank showed me a photo this morning from page A25 of the Wall St Journal today, Tuesday Sept 22,2009.  The article is called Taxes, Depression, and Current Troubles by Arthur B. Laffer. It is of a breadline in the Depression in 1930 NYC.  From both sides the men are filing into an open door flanked by two signs. On the left "BAHAI fellowship." On the right: 
"Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind."

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1 comment:

Steve Cooney said...

Arthur Dodge had nothing to do with the Dodge Motor Company although he was an amateur inventor.

The Baha'i shop here belongs to The New History Society, Ahmad Sohrab's alternative venture to the Baha'i Faith.