Collection of Excellent Quality Photographs of the Settlement of Zichron Ya'akov and its Surroundings – Ya'akov Neustadt, the 1920s

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An impressive collection of excellent quality photographs of Zichron Ya'akov and its surroundings, as well as other settlements, cities and sites in Eretz Israel, taken by Ya'akov Neustadt, a drafter and measurer, resident of Zichron Ya'akov. Eretz Israel, the 1920s.
This collection contains two photo-albums (including ca. 360 photos), ca. 85 single dispersed photos, 39 negatives and ca. 60 documents, all from the Neustadt estate.
• In the first album ca. 120 high quality and unique photos. At the front of the album Neustadt has written in his own handwriting (handsome handwriting as fitting a drafter): "Nothing can stand against photography!" This album features unique photography from Zichron Ya'akov and its surroundings, including also photos documenting historical events, such as the visit of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild to Zichron Ya'akov, the visit of the High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel, as well as a meeting the two had in Meir Shfeya (1925); Lord Balfour's visit accompanied by Nahum Sokolow, Chaim Weizmann and Colonel Kisch in Binyamina (1925); Lord Plumer, the High Commissioner, visiting Zichron Ya'akov's vineyards; Sir John Chancellor's visit in Zichron Ya'akov (1929), and other events.
This album shows also the development of the Jewish population in Eretz Israel (the Yishuv) together with some general activity of the Halutzim and Jewish day-workers: drying-up of swamps, swamp workers suffering from Malaria (lying on sickbeds), buffalos in the swamps, building construction the road connecting Zichron Ya'akov and Haifa, a quarry, plowing, extraction of rocks etc., along with photos featuring a general panoramic view of the settlement of Zichron Ya'akov (accompanied by a draft of the settlement, adapted by Neustadt) with color additions; the “Carmel-court” in Zichron Ya’akov; the train station in Zichron Ya’akov and the road leading to the settlement; the settlements’ streets and the park, Brunstein’s House in the settlement (the photographer’s residence), a watchman in the vineyard, Yemenites, the Western Wall, The Adloyada in Tel Aviv, a trip to Nahalal, a visit to the settlement of Migdal, orchards, archeological sites, Atlit, Binyamina, Zichron Ya’akov, Meir Shfeya, Rosh Ha’ayin, and other places.
Average size 14X7 cm (some larger and some smaller). Size of the album: 32X22 cm.
• The second album includes ca. 240 photos: photos of people, experimental and artistic photos of landmarks and people, voyages from around the country, humoristic portraits of Neustadt, documentation of construction-factories, the Adloyada in Tel Aviv, children in costumes, and some personal and family photos.
The size of the photos changes from one to the other: between 5.5X3.5 and 13.5X9 cm. Size of album: 34X24.5 cm.
• enclosed: ca. 85 single dispersed photos; ca. 60 documents, mostly letters sent to Neustadt, some concerning his work as a drafter and measurer (among them is also a Maccabi “entry ticket”, the “football” department, Warsaw, 1920); a draft - The front of Moshe Kropnik’s house in Zichron Ya’akov (1928), drafted by Neustadt; 39 negatives.
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