I am trying to understand how families carried possessions while immigrating. #poland #usa

Dan Nussbaum

Samovars were considered necessary items in Jewish homes in the Russian Empire. Therefore Jewish families made great efforts to bring them to the States.

Unfortunately, when they arrived they found that the precious samovar was next to useless and worthless.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
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Irene Newhouse

The samovar: Tea Time in America 
This article doesn't add a lot to samovar culture, but it has an important point - not everyone fell in love with America -https://yourstory.tenement.org/stories/russian-samovar
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI USA


I am intrigued by these stories since we have a similar event in my daughter-in-law's family. Her great grandmother brought a samovar (along with 3 children, alone!) from Ukraine (probably Starokonstantinov around 1910). I'm in the dark on the significance of these items and wonder if others can tell me more about these samovars. Is it that they were expensive items and/or were they associated with other things?

Thank you,
Susan Wight Swanson

Professor Ryesky

I have long wondered how my grandfather's brass samovar (which I still have) got to America.

My grandfather arrived at Ellis Island when he was 16 years old, and his experience in the old country (Belarus) was in barbering and tailoring.  But in America, he was a scrap metal dealer and junk man.  It is entirely possible that the samovar was acquired in the course of his USA business pursuits.

-- KHR

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, ISRAEL     profryesky@... 

GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)

Irene Newhouse

Google antique rattan trunks & look at the images. We have one my mother brought with her during the Holocaust. She also had 3 or 4 wooden crates of books in addition to her clothes. While her family had been affluent before the Holocaust, by the time she left Germany, they were in greatly reduced circumstances, and she'd been in Hachschara camps for 4 years. We forget that former times were not nearly as self-service as they are now; there were porters to help you load your baggage. Everything but the suitcase with her clothes & toiletries would have traveled as freight. Ships have considerably more cargo space than planes.
Irene Newhouse
Kihei HI USA

stanley goldberg

I am trying to understand how families carried possessions while immigrating. My grandmother came with two of her children to the United States in 1923 from Poland via Antwerp, Germany to New York City, then on to Kingston, NY. One of the items they brought was a Russian samovar that was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother. I am in possession of this beautiful item. It is heavy. I imagine this was placed in a trunk or other type of 'luggage.' I cannot imagine carrying such a large item along with other luggage + two children. 
Does anyone know if there were luggage store rooms on these ships where it could be stored during the voyage? Or did they have to keep all 'luggage' with them? I am trying to figure out how such a large item was kept during a voyage.
Thank you.
Stan Goldberg