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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Jerusalem: 1938

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Jerusalem: 1938

British Mandate Palestine, 1938. "New general post office building in Jerusalem, N.W. corner on Jaffa Road, opened June 17, 1938, by His Excellency." 5x7 dry-plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

A recent view

Here's a more detailed recent shot of this very American-looking Bauhaus style post office from Historama:

The security situation there results in its being bedecked with a forest of com antennas and surveillance cameras.

It is still an amazing looking building despite being 70 years old. The Shorpy photo dramatically captures the essence of the design, especially the way the building is lit by the sun.

Love the site, Dave.

New in 1938

How interesting to see a brand new building in one of these photos. This looks thoroughly modern, urban, and American to me! I wonder if this level of craftsmanship and material was more or less expensive back then than it would be today, relatively speaking?

 
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