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The year was 1888. A great blizzard blanketed the Northeast. Benjamin Harrison was running against Grover Cleveland for president and National Geographic magazine published its first cover. On a crisp morning in March, Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz turned to his wife and said, “I am going to bake matzos this year.” The rest is history.

Click on a link above to browse through our fascinating gallery of archived print, TV, radio, and online ads, packaging and recipes, to see what other historic events happened in 1888, or read excepts from the new book, Manischewitz - The Matzo Family - The Making of an American Icon by Laura Manischewitz Alpern.