|"Jewish colonies. Balfouria orange groves" and a synagogue|
in the middle (1934). Named in honor of the British author of the
Eighteen months ago, Lenny Ben-David, a policy and public affairs consultant and former Israeli diplomat in Washington, searched online for a report on U.S. policy on Israeli settlements. Up popped on his screen a title, "Jewish Colonies and Settlements," a very curious title. Colonies?
|Colony of Rishon LeZion (c 1920)|
|Threshing with a board at "Jewish|
Colonies and Settlements" (c 1920)
As Ben-David delved into the Library's files he came across the recently digitalized American Colony-Matson collection of some 22,000 photographs, dating from the 1890s until 1946. Some were captioned, "Jewish Colonies and Settlements." After the American Colony Photographic Department closed in the 1940s, the pictures and negatives were shipped back to the United States. In the 1970s an old age home in California donated them to the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress collection also included other pictures by pioneer photographers dating back to the 1850s.
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|"Commencing a settlement. Jewish|
settlers arriving" (1920)
We present here a collection of photos taken at the new Yishuv's communities.
|"Colonies:" Tel-Hai Farm|
|Yesod HaMa'aleh (many of|
its farmers were "Subbotnik"
Russians who converted to
Judaism.) See here
|Children picking almonds |
at Rishon LeTzion