Lag Ba'omer 1918 521.
(photo credit: Library of Congress)
Going through hundreds of very old and recently digitalized pictures from a
Library of Congress collection of photos from Palestine, I was captivated by
this picture. All the library caption tells us is that the picture was taken
between 1910 and 1930 and that it is a “Group of children and adults in
procession in street, some holding a banner with a Star of David.”Who
are the hundreds of children? Why are the boys and girls separated? Where are
they marching to? Where was this picture taken? And why is there a tent compound
on the left horizon? Photo analysis and comparison to an aerial photograph from
1931 and contemporary pictures indicate that the children are walking south on
Nablus Road in the direction of the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Behind them is the road that veers to the right toward Mount Scopus. The road
leads to a neighborhood built around the grave of the High Priest Shimon
Hatzadik, who lived in the days of the Second Temple. The boys and girls come
from ultra-Orthodox schools, evidenced by the boys’ hats and frocks. The girls
are wearing shapeless, modest smocks. But wait, the second batch of girls, those
behind the Star of David banner (might they be from a “Zionist” school?) are
wearing more stylish dresses and hats.
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>