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Bat Galim Babes: 1940

Bat Galim Babes: 1940

Haifa, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1940. "Swimming pool at the Casino, Bat Galim neighborhood." Medium-format acetate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

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The Casino

It was torn down after becoming decrepit. The structure shown in the comment below is a new one based on the original plans; work has stopped due to money troubles.

More views here.

Do you see what I see?

If that's a lady, she doesn't know it's 1940. Or maybe that was OK there back then?

[That's no lady. - Dave]

The Concrete Monster

The concrete monster in the background is "The Casino," which, strangely, was never used for gambling. It still stands today, although it is sadly in a state of great disrepair.

[Actually this is a new building under construction. See above. - Dave]

[Fun fact: A casino is a recreational pavilion. The original sense of the word doesn't have anything to do with gambling. - Dave]

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