Grandfather helping granddaughter to plow. Circa 1920..
(photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept.)
One of the Zionist dreams was to take Jews out of the European ghettos
and create a "new man" in the fields of Eretz Yisrael. But the dream
also meant a "new woman."
The American Colony photos, taken over 90 years ago, depict farming at the Nahalal Girls' Agricultural training school, where "a better class" city girl immigrant turned to agriculture. Other images of farming life were taken in zionist colonies, Rishon Lezion and girls' farms.
Zionist women were involved in all types of farming and agricultural work including plowing, tending to the livestock, picking flowers and gathering almonds and grapes.
The photographers of
the American Colony clearly enjoyed taking photographs of these women
farmers and field workers. Here we present several of the dozens in the
Library of Congress collection.More photos can
be viewed at http://www.israeldailypicture.com