Jerusalemites prepare for snow, dream of summer.
(photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept.)
The Library of Congress has recently
digitalized a collection of over 10,000 photographs, taken by the
"American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian utopians who lived
in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers returned to
the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of
Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to
Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and
the building of Tel Aviv.
Jews moved north from Jaffa 100 years ago, leveled the sand dunes, and established the city of Tel Aviv.
Few suspected that they were also laying the foundation for a Jewish version of the Riviera, but within two decades, the beaches were a very popular destination, as the American Colony photographers recorded.
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