The cigarbox collection

Donated by Othniel Seiden, these fascinating photos of British Mandate Palestine are an heirloom from his father.

May 16, 2013 14:24
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THE CHILDREN of Nahalal (circa 1920s).

Kibbutz children, old black and white 370. (photo credit: courtesy)


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The antique wood cigarbox was beautifully crafted and bound like a book. Opening the box, I discovered it was filled with a stack of pictures from Palestine 90 to 100 years ago.

Almost simultaneously, I received an email from a doctor in Denver which began, “I am delighted that the pictures have found a new home!” When I discovered 22,000 newly digitized antique pictures of Eretz Yisrael in the Library of Congress archives two years ago, I immediately recognized the pictures’ hasbara value. The photos showed Jewish life in the land 150 years ago, well before Herzl and the establishment of the State of Israel.


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