Thomas DiLorenzo retells the story made famous by John T. Flynn of the tailor named Jack Magid, arrested for pressing a pair of pants for 35 cents. The Tailors’ Code fixed the price at 40 cents. He went to jail for 30 days. Amazing.
We received a note this morning about the spelling of his name, which the correspondent said is Jacob Maged. BK Marcus did some quick research to find that it can be either. It is a Polish name from the Hebrew which can be transliterated in several ways. The word MGD means storyteller or preacher and can be rendered Maged, Magid, or Maggid.
What was really great about the email we received was its inclusion of all of these press stories about the case.
- Laredo Times
- NYT: Tailor Imprisoned
- Sheboygan Press
- Dunkirk Observer
- Tailor Released (a very chilling story of how he repented)
- Tailor celebrates the end of the NRA
- NYT obituary