MEYER (MAX) FILIPS (b. 1874)
He was born in Belaya Tserkov (Bila Tserkva), Ukraine, to a father who was an old-time barber-surgeon. In his youth he worked in a cigarette factory and sold newspapers. In 1893 he came to the United States. He worked in sweatshops, was active in the trade union movement, and contributed as a cofounder of the Workmen’s Circle. He published translations from Émile Zola and others in: Dos abend blat (The evening newspaper), Forverts (Forward), Arbayter tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper), Fraye arbeter-shtime (Free voice of labor), and Kepmeykers zhurnal (Capmakers’ journal). In 1950, at seventy-six years of age, he began to paint. He was last living in Media, Pennsylvania.
Source: Yankev Glatshteyn, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (December 22, 1961).