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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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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.

 

Jerusalem Dodge: 1925

Jerusalem Dodge: 1925

Jerusalem, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1925. "Staff in garage of American Colony Buick-Dodge agency." View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Burning Sands: 1932

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Burning Sands: 1932

September 1932. "Iraq oil fields. Man with fires in desert." American Colony Photo Department, Matson Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Haifa Tank Farm: 1937

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Haifa Tank Farm: 1937

British Mandate Palestine circa 1937. "Shell oil tanks near Haifa close up." 5x7 dry plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Amaryllis, Amaryllis: 1920

Amaryllis, Amaryllis: 1920

"Wildflowers of Palestine. Yellow amaryllis (Sternbergia Clusiana Gaul)." Circa 1920 dry plate glass stereograph. View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

A Merry Xmas: 1940

A Merry Xmas: 1940

Australian soldiers at Christmas dinner in the Australian Club (old East Hotel) in Jerusalem between 1940 and 1946. View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Christmas in the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem circa 1940. View full size. 4x5 glass-plate negative, G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.

 
 
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