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Auction 15 Lot Number 49

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The Land of Israel – Thirty-two high Quality Photographs, 1920’s

Erez Israel, file containing 32 photograph tablets. [London?: Keren HaYesod Headquarters Publishing?, c. 1924-1925].
High quality black and white photographs of settlements and cities in Eretz Israel and new neighborhoods being established. The photographs are described in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and German.
16x23.5cm tablets, good condition, few stains. 17x24.5cm file, good-fair condition, few tears.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 50

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Postcard and Photograph Album of a Journey in Palestine, 1929

Forty-two souvenir postcards of Palestine, mounted on Bristol board leaves. The majority of the images are of Jerusalem and the rest of Nazareth, Jericho, Tiberias and Jordan. Most of the postcards were printed in Hamburg. At the beginning and the end of the album are two original photographs of the participants in front of the Dome of the Rock. Handwritten annotations on postcards and photographs, in German. Photographs 14.5x11.5cm, 17x12cm, album 32.5cm. Good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 51

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Tobacco Packaging in Gedera, 1904

Real-photo postcards, signed and annotated on the plate: Tobacco packaging in Gedera, [1904]; "Photographer M. Amitai". 9x14cm. Good condition, several stains and creases. Photographer does not appear in Israeli photography literature.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 52

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Ziona Tager – Photographs from Age 16-18

Five real-photo postcards, two of which feature artist Ziona Tager (1900-1988), native of Jaffa, "First Holy Land artist”. Three bear a dedication in her handwriting: One is signed "Ziona Tager”; on another postcard dated 1919 she writes to her friend, “Let’s meet each other again, alive and healthy in our beloved land and city after a long and tough two-year exile” (reference to the expulsion of the residents of Tel-Aviv on the eve of Passover, 1917).
8.5x13.5cm. Good, varying condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 53

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Train – Two Photographs – Aroshkes, 1920s

Two photographs of a parked goods-train, probably in the Tel Aviv railway station. Signed with the photographer's ink-stamp: Zvi Aroshkes (Oron). Second half of the 1920s.
The first photograph shows a locomotive and wagons of a Mandate train and an Egyptian train, with train workers standing beside them; the second photograph is of wagons loaded with a cargo of mechanical equipment.
17x11.5cm, mounted on cardboard 30x23.5cm. Photographs in good-medium condition, with some stains. Mounts in fair condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 54

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Plowing / Vegetable Garden Near Haifa, 1920s

1. Machine plowing near the Kishon, Haifa, September 1927. Spanish description on the verso. 12x18cm. Fair condition. Tears, wrinkles and stains.
2. Photograph featuring a vegetable garden and fruit-bearing trees. Mounted on cardboard stamped “Tzalmania ‘Shulamit’, Haifa, Rehov HaShuk”, [1924]. 10x15cm, cardboard 16.5x24cm . Good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 55

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Paving a Road in Achuzah / Zichron Yosef School – Haifa, 1920s

Five photographs showing workers paving the first road in the Achuza neighborhood on Mount Carmel, 1926-1927/1929. Some are annotated on the plate or in handwriting on the reverse: "In memory of the time spent paving the road", "Paving a road in Achuza 1929". * Group photograph, most probably of the inauguration ceremony of the "Zichron Yosef" school, the first school in Achuza, 1927/1928. Total of 6 photographs. Size and condition varies.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 56

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Survey Works at the Aram Naharayim Power Plant Area / Pinchas Rutenberg-Churchill, 1920s-30s

Twelve photographs from the 1920s-30s relating to the construction of the power plant in Naharayim. Some are annotated and dated in pencil on the reverse (at a later date): "Surveyors under the ancient Roman bridge before starting construction in Naharayim", "A group of surveyors on its way to work near Naharayim", tents for the surveyors, and two photographs of Pinchas Rutenberg, one with Herbert Samuel and the other with Winston Churchill [1921]. Various sizes and conditions, [some are possibly later printings of the original photographs?].

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Auction 15 Lot Number 57

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1929 Palestine Riots – Two Photographic Postcards

Two real-photo postcards: Violated Torah scrolls in Hebron, 1929. * Victims of the 1929 Palestine riots in Jerusalem [photo of the corpses]. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 58

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Photograph of Orchestra at the “HaPo’el Games”, 1932

Group photograph of a wind-instrument orchestra at the third "HaPo'el Games" sport event. Tel Aviv, 1932. 22.5x14.5cm, mounted on cardboard 35x29cm. Good condition with slight damages to the edges of the mount.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 59

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JNF “Degel Yerushalayim” Ceremony – Ussishkin and Sokolov – Oroshkes Photographs

Zvi Oron (Oroshkes), four photographs of the presentation ceremony of the JNF "Degel Yerushalyim" .[Jerusalem, September 1934].
"Degel Yerushalayim" [Jerusalem Flag] was awarded every year to a school excelling in its JNF-related activities. In 1934 the flag was presented to the Rishon LeZion School. These photographs document the ceremony attended by Menachem Ussishkin, Chairman of the JNF and Nahum Sokolov, President of the Zionist Organization. One of the photographs shows Sokolov delivering a speech. 13x8cm, good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 60

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“Einot” Female Workers Farm – Photograph by Liselotte Grschebina

Einot Female Workers Farm [Near Ness Ziona], Class 4, [1937], photograph by Liselotte Grschebina. Signed “Photo Grschebina” on the verso.
Grschebina (1908-1994), native of Germany, moved to Eretz Israel in 1934. The present photograph was taken when she was working as Wizo’s official photographer. See enclosed material for additional information about her.
17.5x23.5cm. Good condition. Few stains on the verso.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 61

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Haj Amin Al-Husseini and Muslim Notables – Jerusalem

Nineteen black and white photographs, a festive parade in honor of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini. [Jerusalem, 1930s].
The photographs show Al-Husseini next to Muslim notables in the city of Jerusalem, near the Old City and near the Dome of the Rock. 8.5x11.5cm. Good condition, slightly warped.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 62

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A. Kovatch – Jerusalem – Seven Photographs

Seven photographs by photographer A. Kovatch, “artist-photographer”, owner of a photography shop on Chancellor Street [today’s Strauss Street], Jerusalem [1940s].
The photographs show: Kovatch’s storefront, next to the offices of “Egged”; “Egged Cars Office” signposts; Kovatch’s shop’s advertising sign; the “Mitzpeh” building in Jaffa Street; shops on one of the city streets [Jaffa Street?]. Marked on the verso to be used as postcards, stamped by the photographer. 8.5x13.5cm. Good condition. Few stains.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 63

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Kurt Triest – Eleven Photos

Eleven photos taken by photographer Kurt Triest (1907-1985), [the 1940s]. Most are signed by the photographer on the back.
Flooded streets of Tel-Aviv, snow in Tel-Aviv, the beach, the Yarkon River, a building in Tel-Aviv.
Kurt Triest was born in Nürnberg and studied Painting at the Berlin Academy of Art. In 1929 he was already running a photography studio and working as a graphic artist for various newspaper and book publishers in Germany. He moved to Eretz Israel in 1936 and became the “HaBima” theater’s photographer. Opened the “Photo-Temuna” studio with Moshe (Max) Rosenthal. He stopped taking photographs after the establishment of the State of Israel due to an allergy he developed to the chemicals used in photography labs.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 64

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Walter Zadek – Photographs of Mounted Policemen

Seven photographs taken by photographer Walter Zadek, documenting a mounted policemen drill (from the Hebrew Settlement Police?), [end of the 1930s or 1940s].
One of the photos bears the photographer’s signature on the back; the others are pencil-signed.
Divided verso for postcard use. 9x14cm. Good condition, few stains.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 65

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Orde Wingate – Photos by Walter Zadek

Three photographs of Orde Wingate taken by Walter Zadek.
1-2. Photos of Wingate wearing his uniform, taken during a funeral in the Holy Land [1943-1944]. One of the photos shows Moshe Shertok (Sharett) standing beside Wingate. Verso stamped in Hebrew and English by the photographer. 13x18cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wrinkles.
3. Photograph of Orde Wingate wearing his uniform, in his study, reading a book. Verso stamped by a photo agency in England. 16x21cm. Good condition. Stains.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 66

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War of Independence – Seven Photographs

Seven photographs taken during the War of Independence. Tel Aviv and other locations, ca. 1947.
One large photograph, by Beno Rotenberg, features the ruins of a building; six small photographs show mainly fighters. Some of the photographs are annotated: "After the conquest of the 'Metzudah' in Shechunat HaTikva", "Dizengoff Street on the day of the Big Curfew", and so on. A few with the photographer's ink-stamp.
22x15cm; 8.5x6.5cm. Good condition, some with slight stains and creases.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 67

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End of the Mandate and Departure of the British from Haifa

Seventeen photographs documenting the Israeli flag raising ceremony marking the end of the British mandate in the city of Haifa and a couple of photographs featuring guard posts from the War of Independence, 1948-1949. Also featured on the photos: [military] service at the Valley of El-Gharbia, guard post on the roof of the Phone Center of Burg Street (five days prior to and on the day of the departure of the British), parade celebrating the end of the British Mandate and the Israeli flag hoisting ceremony, Haifa Police at the Hadar HaCarmel, and preparations for the first Yom HaAtzma’ut parade in Haifa. Between 12.5x18cm and 6x8.5cm. Good, varying condition, stains and wrinkles. Handwritten descriptions.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 68

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Shmuel Yosef Schweig – Documentation of the Archaeological Delegation to Sinai

Photo-album by Shmuel Yosef Schweig (1902-1983) documenting the activity of the [ca. 1956] archaeological research delegation to Sinai headed by Prof. Binyamin Mazar, which researched Sinai and the Santa Caterina (Saint Catherine) Monastery.
Amongst the photographs: the Santa Caterina monastery, the delegation with the head of the monastery, Professors Polotsky, Mazar and Ben Horin in the monastery library, an ancient manuscript leaf from the monastery library, and more. The album was presented as a gift to Israel Fogel, Schweig's friend, with a handwritten dedication by Schweig, "…in memory of a non-military operation…", dated 1958. At the end of the album: Photographs: S.Y. Schweig, Jerusalem." Eleven 17x12cm photographs and a photographed map (two photographs are missing). Very good condition. Album 28cm, good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 69

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The Yemenite Aliya to Eretz Israel – Exhibition of Photographs

Twenty photographs accompanied by texts, printed in a photomontage technique, documenting the aliya (immigration) of Yemenite Jews to Eretz Israel starting in 1882, through the British Mandate period, the "Al Kanfei Nesharim" (On The Wings of Eagles) operation, and the absorption of Yemenites into Israeli society and in settlements throughout the country. Average size 16x12cm, album 24.5cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 70

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IDF Manpower Directorate – Impressive Photo Album, 1961

Impressive photo album, donated as a gift to Colonel Yehuda Nitzan, Head of the IDF Manpower Directorate, 1961.
Forty-five quality black and white photographs featuring various activities such as special training courses, educational activities, recruitment and training of women soldiers, military drills and more. Moshe Dayan is seen in one of the photographs. Mounted in a leather album with IDF emblem. Average size 22x16cm, album 45.5cm, in the original box. Very good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 71

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Petroleum Fields in Abu Rudeis – Sinai, 1970

Forty-four large, quality black and white photographs of petroleum drilling in Abu Rudeis, Southern Sinai, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Suez. Album gifted by the "Netivei Neft Ltd." Oil company to Yehuda Nitzan in 1970.
Prime Minister Golda Meir, David Ben-Gurion, Zalman Shazar and Chief of Staff Haim Bar-Lev are seen in some of the photographs. 24x18cm to 30.5x24cm, album 44cm with dedication plaque. Very good condition.

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Auction 15 Lot Number 72

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Artists and Writers Photo Portraits

Eight black and white portrait photographs of artists and writers, including: art critic Dr. Haim Gamzu, Ephraim Kishon (two photos from two different periods), Itzik Manger (next to actor Mike Burstein), Marcel Janco, Anna Ticho and Reuven Rubin (photograph by Alfred Bernheim). 20x25cm – 12x18cm, very good condition.

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