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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 507

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Collection of “Shanah Tovah” Postcards – United States and Poland

90 "Shanah Tovah" postcards. Published by Williamsburg Art Co., Central, Z. Reznik and more. New York, Chicago, and Warsaw. Most postcards were printed in Germany. [First decades of the 20th century].
65 postcards in this collection were published by Williamsburg Art Co. and 20 postcards were published by Central. Among them are postcards with rhymed greetings in Yiddish, humorous postcards, postcards depicting scenes from Jewish life and views of Palestine, many postcards with figures of angels, postcards portraying transportation means such as hot-air balloons, airplanes and boats, and more.
Some postcards appear in multiple copies.
14X9 cm. Good overall condition. Some stains, blemishes, creases and tears to some of the postcards. Four postcards were used.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 470

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Collection of Hebrew Maps of Palestine – JNF and Keren Hayesod Maps

Twelve Hebrew maps of Palestine. Palestine and Poland, [ca. 1910s–1947].
Twelve Hebrew maps of Palestine that focus upon Jewish settlement, Keren Hayesod’s and JNF’s work in Israel, and more. • Map of Palestine and the agricultural colonies published by A. Landau, Jerusalem, [ca. 1913–1917]. Color map, folded, in a cover that contains geographical and demographic information, including a list of the agricultural colonies in Palestine. • Five maps published by JNF showing the scope of the Jewish settlement in Palestine, and particularly the areas where JNF assisted in settlement, 1924 to 1934. • Map of Palestine edited by Abraham Jacob Brawer, Tel Aviv: Dvir, 5685 (1925) (two copies). • Palestine, a map of the Jewish settlements, Keren Hayesod’s settlement enterprise, 5681–5707 [1921–1947]. Published by the Irrigation Office of the Jewish Agency’s Agricultural Settlement Department, Palestine, 1946. Large map showing the residential communities founded by Keren Hayesod. • Map of Palestine, edited by H. [Haim] Goldberg. Two copies (different from one another).
Size and condition vary. Overall good condition.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 754

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Nine Pins – Jewish Brigade, Palmach and Etzioni Brigade

Nine pins, some are miniature, of the Jewish Brigade, Palmach, and Etzioni Brigade. Palestine, 1940s.
1-2. Two small pins – Jewish Brigade – Star of David on blue-white stripes.
3-6. Four pins with Palmach emblem – two stalks of wheat and a sword. Two are miniature pins.
7-9. Three pins of Etzioni Brigade. Two are miniature.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 716

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Collection of Share Certificates – United States and Canada – 20th Century

19 share certificates of American and Canadian companies, including Jewish-owned companies and companies that worked for Israel’s economic development. United States and Canada, 20th century. English.
Among the items: Share certificate of Beth Judah Holding Corporation, 1949. A Star of David is printed at the center of the certificate. • Share certificates of American companies and businesses, such as Hebrew National Kosher Foods, Lerner Stores Corporation, Lit Brothers, Gimbel Brothers, and more. • Two share certificates of Rassco Israel in Canada, 1958. • Scrip certificate of Pec Israel Economic Corporation, 1965.
Enclosed are three checks of the Chamberlain of the City of New York to various companies, 1912.
Size and condition vary. Overall good condition.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

Opening500$ Sold For813$ Including buyers premium

Auction Online 18 Lot Number 675

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Banknote – One Palestine Pound – Anglo-Palestine Bank

One Palestine Pound banknote, Anglo-Palestine Bank. Israel, [1948-1951].
Pick #15a.
Graded PMG 63 Choice Uncirculated.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 659

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Non-traditional Haggadah – Jewish Transportation Unit 468 – Italy, 1944

Passover Haggadah, Yehida Ivrit LeHovala [Jewish Transportation Unit] 468. [Italy], 1944.
Non-traditional Haggadah, with illustrations. Printed for use by Jewish soldiers who served in Transportation Unit 468 of the British Army in World War II and afterwards. Alongside the traditional passages, the Hagaddah tells the history of the soldiers during the war and afterwards, and while telling what horrors they experienced in Europe it also expresses hope for the future (illustrations on this page depict the Egyptians oppressing slaves by a camp surrounded by a barbed wire fence, and on the opposite side – Jewish soldiers with Jewish fighters from ancient times).
General Transport Coy. R.A.S.C. 468, was established in Egypt in 1942. Later on the soldiers served in Italy, in Austria, and then again in Italy, where they assisted refugees in displaced persons camps.
41 pp, 24X15.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains and tears at margins. Creases. "Army archive" ink-stamp on the back of page no. 2. Uneven trimming of leaves.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 762

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Collection of Pins and Badges – IDF

Nine IDF badges and pins, including cap badges and a cloth badge.
• Cap badge of the Military Academies – a sword and open book with the legend "Quietly and Safely" (Hebrew). • Pin with a Jeep, a winged camel and swords. Apparently used by the Bedouin Scouts unit. • Cap badge of the Territorial Defense Corps – a sword and two crossed rifles. • HAGA (civil defense) cap badge. • Cap badge – Supply Corps. • Infantry Corps cap badge. • Cap badge – NAHAL (fighting pioneer youth) in its early version – sword with the legend NAHAL. • Cap badge of Artillery Corps in its early version – IDF emblem with two crossed cannons. • Khaki cloth badge with IDF emblem.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 663

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Non-Traditional Haggadah – ATS and REME Companies – Egypt, 1945

Non-traditional haggadah – ATS companies 504, 505, 511, and 520, and REME companies 529 and 329. Tell El Kebir (Egypt), 1945.
Non-traditional haggadah with illustrations. An alternative version of the Four Questions (Ma Nishtana) appears on pages 10 and 11, with another excerpt that deals with the post-war global balance of power: "We were wise, and did not rejoice over the declarations and promises of the [non-Jewish] nations. As it is said: Trust not those nations even in the grave. We went up to our own land, and we will bring our brethren there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. For had we rejoiced over the kindness of the [non-Jewish] nations, we and our children and our children’s children would be subjugated to the enemies of Israel for all time". Illustrations of Hitler hanging from a rope appear on page 14.
18 pp, 16.5 x 21.5 cm. Fair–good condition. Colored illustrations on two pages. Stains and creases. Tears (some of them open) repaired with acid-free tape. Leaves of non-uniform size. In some places, leaves are trimmed, with slight damage to text or an illustration. The haggadah is bound in a transparent plastic cover.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 560

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“The Settlers” – Original Painting by Richard Clifton-Day, 1975

The Settlers, painting by Richard Clifton-Day (1930-1977), [1975].
Gouache on cardboard. Not signed. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by the artist's widow, Inge Clifton-Day.
The British artist Richard Clifton-Day was particularly known for his illustrations for the covers of western, adventure, fantasy and science-fiction books. This painting appeared on the cover of the book "The Settlers" by Meyer Levin (second book. Published by Sphere, London, 1975), telling the story of an Israeli family of pioneers in the spirit of an American western.
34X45 cm. Good condition. Some stains and blemishes.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 627

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Four Photographs – Sarah and Aaron Aaronsohn – Early 20th Century

Four photographs of the brothers Sarah and Aaron Aaronsohn, founders of Nili (Jewish espionage network). [Cairo, Paris and Hamburg (one photograph from an unknown location), ca. early 20th century].
• Studio photograph of Sarah Aaronsohn, with two Nili members: Joseph Lishansky and Levi Yitzchak Shneersohn. Most probably taken in Cairo, 1917. • Portrait photograph ("carte de visite") of Sarah Aaronsohn, attached to a cardboard plate with photographer's name - Fr. Hasselmeier, Hamburg. • Real-photo postcard of Sarah Aaronsohn.
Two photographs are numbered with a colored pencil on top. On the back of three photographs appear handwritten inscriptions (Hebrew) and on the back of two appear ink-stamps: Grands Magasins Carlmann, Photographe: Mr. Romano; Anglo Russian Studio, Averde des Pyramides – Heliopolis.
Approx. 6X9 cm – 14X9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and minor blemishes to margins.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 587

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Two Books in Yiddish – Kiev and Berlin, 1920s – Covers Designed by Joseph Tchaikov

Two books in Yiddish with covers designed by Joseph Tchaikov. Kiev and Berlin, 1921-1923.
1. In Feirdiken Doyr, zamlung fun revolutzionere lirik in der nayer Yidisher dikhtung, edited by E. [Ezra] Korman. Kiev: "Melukhe Farlag", 1921. Cover design: Joseph Tchaikov.
Anthology for revolutionary poetry in Yiddish by Jewish Soviet poets, including David Hofstein, Peretz Markish, Leib Kvitko, Kadia Molodovsky and others.
64 pp, 16 cm. Good condition. Stains. Some creases and minor blemishes. Ink stamps and stamps erased with black paint. New binding.
2. In shṭurem fun geshikhṭe aroysgerisene bletlakh fun tog-bukh, 1914-1921, by
Koigen. Berlin: "Iddisher literarisher farlag", 1923. Cover design: Joseph Tchaikov.
247, [1] pp, 17.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. New paper cover. The original front cover is pasted on the new cover; the original back cover is missing.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 579

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Large Collection of “Bikhlekh” booklets – 19th and 20th Centuries – Yiddish

Large collection of approx. 120 "Bikhlekh" booklets by various authors, including Yehoshua Mezach, Gershon Chaim Levner, Ozer Blostein, Isaac Mayer Dick, Nahum Meir Schaikewitz (Shomer), I. L. Peretz, and many others. Poland, Lithuania, and elsewhere, 19th and 20th centuries. Yiddish, with some English and Russian.
The "Bikhlekh" booklets, an outlet for the distribution of Yiddish essays, literature, humor, and sayings among the Jews of Eastern Europe at that time, were highly popular among the public.
Some of the booklets are bound together. Some of the booklets appear in two copies.
A list of the booklets will be sent upon request.
Approx. 120 items. Size and condition vary. The booklets were not thoroughly examined and are offered for sale AS IS.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 521

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“May the Vision of the Negev Be Fulfilled” – Yiddish Poster Issued by the Jewish National Fund – Franz Kraus – 1950s

"May the vision of the Negev be fulfilled – redemption and water for the desolate wilderness": illustrated poster issued by the Jewish National Fund. Tel Aviv: A. Levin-Epstein Printers / Rosner Advertising, [1950s]. Design: Franz Kraus. Yiddish.
A large water pipeline is seen in the foreground of the poster, with plowed fields and thriving residential communities behind it. The caption "May the vision of the Negev be fulfilled – redemption and water for the desolate wilderness" appears, in Yiddish, at the top of the poster.
Approx. 49X69 cm. in a 68.5X80 cm. frame. Good condition. Folding marks and creases. Stains. Unexamined outside the frame.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 499

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“Gruss Aus” Postcard – Exhibition on Palestine in Frankfurt

Gruss aus der Palästina Ausstellung Frankfurt a. M. [Souvenir from the Palestine exhibition in Frankfurt am Main]. Frankfurt am Main: Kunst Anstalt Rosenblatt, [ca. late 19th century]. German.
Undivided souvenir postcard published for the Palestine exhibition that was held in Frankfurt am Main. The postcard contains illustrations of scenes from the exhibition hall: the entrance stairs to the exhibition; the "Hall of the Kaiser" with his portrait; the entranceway into the exhibition hall.
9X13 cm. Good condition. Minor blemishes and tears at the edges.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 457

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Collection of Various Paper Items from Zionist and Israeli History – Notebooks, Postcards, Advertising Pamphlets, Posters, Ephemera, and Other Items – 20th Century

Approximately 200 printed paper items from Zionist and Israeli history. Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other locations in Palestine and Europe, early 1900s to ca. 1970s. Hebrew and some English (a few items are in other languages).
Among the items: • A letter from the governor of the Jerusalem district to Yitzhak Yaakobi, the founder of the Beit Hakerem neighborhood, allowing him to purchase three rifles for the neighborhood’s defense. September 1936. Signed in handwriting by the governor’s representative, stamped "Beit Hakerem Mutual Association Ltd." and signed by Yaakobi. • Draft of a memo from the Hebrew Gymnasium in Jerusalem (typewritten with corrections in handwriting), which was sent with a request to "assist in finding learning equipment for physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, and anyone who can help enrich the library". Probably written on the eve of the opening of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, it includes an interesting overview of the history of the Gymnasium and its financial situation. • "Album for the Dubek photo collection, published in 1939" – booklet for collecting stickers (filled). • Approx. 20 postcards (including postcards published by Lebanon, the Eliyahu Brothers, Y. Ben-Dov, and others). • Approx. 30 booklets and books (including early writings published by Bnei Tzion, reports of the investigative committee on the Palestine question, and more). • Eight photographs (including one of David Ben-Gurion shaking the hand of a woman in the traditional dress of Jewish women from Arab countries). • Approximately 20 issues of the HaShavua periodical. • Envelopes, New Year cards, receipts, advertising booklets, catalogues of art exhibitions, flyers, and more.
Enclosed: A leather document case with a metal Tel Aviv municipality emblem, on the front.
Size and condition vary. Overall good–fair condition.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 654

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Four “Shanah Tovah” Greeting Cards – 1947 – She’erit Hapletah in Displaced Persons Camps

Four "Shanah Tovah" greeting cards with photographs of the senders, with an illustrated symbol of the organization "Eschwege Binyamina", shaped as a Star of David. • "Shanah Tovah" card from Bari Displaced Persons Camp, with a photograph of a street in the camp and the name of the camp, the year and four Stars of David; "Shanah Tovah" card from Palese Displaced Persons camp with three photographs of the camp and an illustration of Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl.
Size varies, average size: approx. 9.5X5.5 cm. Condition varies. Good overall condition. Minor blemishes. One card has a tear at the left margin.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 661

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Non-traditional Haggadah – General Transport Coy. R.A.S.C. 178 – Benghazi – Libya, 1943

Passover haggadah. General Transport Coy. R.A.S.C. 178. Published by the unit’s cultural committee and edited by the soldiers Tzvi Ankori and Eliyahu Hazan. Drawings: Shur-Glazner. Benghazi (Libya), 1943.
Non-traditional haggadah, mimeographed, with illustrations. Printed on the reverse side of light blue telegram forms of the Italian General Government in Libya.
The haggadah includes the following text: "On this night, as we celebrate the Festival of Freedom… and we, the soldiers of the 178th Jewish Drivers’ Unit, recline together, our hearts rejoice and are in turmoil. Our hearts are in turmoil because the world has become our gallows. Let our blood never be covered over! In this year, the cry of our murdered brethren in exile in Europe rose to us, and there was none to save them. As we were in the desert, sent on a mission from our home, upon the heels of the accursed ones, news reached us of what had been done to us in the valley of killing…. This year, the year of the great terror the like of which our people has never known, we have known some small peace here on the soil of Cyrenaica and Tripoli, for the wretched communities of Israel have been freed from the hangman’s hands…" (pp. 3–4).
On page 14 is an illustration of the soldiers of Palestine Transportation Unit 178 reclining around the seder table. On page 22 is another illustration of the soldiers, with the caption: "Jewish soldiers encamped somewhere on the borders of the desert" (from the song "On the Borders of the Desert").
[27] pp. Missing front cover. 21.5X 15.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains. Page size is non-uniform. Resewn with thread.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 687

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Zionist Shekel – Collection of Receipts and Booklets – “Mauritius Shekel”– 1911-1964

About 90 receipts and receipt booklets for donation of "Zionist Shekel". Half are from Palestine and the others from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Egypt, Uruguay, Mauritius, and more, 1911-1964.
The collection includes receipt booklets and single receipts, among them new receipts, for donation of "Zionist Shekel", considered as yearly membership fees in the Zionist Organization and giving the donors the right to vote in the elections to the Zionist Congress. Among them: • Receipt for donation of one Shekel USA (?), 1911. • Certificate awarded to Yehiel Zeitag for donation of a "Gold Shekel". Jerusalem, 1923. Signed by Max Soloveichik. Design: Joesph Budko. • Voucher - "Temporary Shekel" (blank) issued by "Tzeire Zion". Vilnius, 1925. • Receipt for donation of a Shekel. Latvia, 1930. • Four receipts. Poland, 1923-1935. • Six receipts. Belgium, 1935-1947. • Two receipts. Uruguay, 1939-1940. • "Substitute Shekel", Mauritius, 1942. Printed in Mauritius and was used for collection of membership fees among the Mauritius exiles. A declaration appears on the back: "According to a letter from the Zionist Executive in Jerusalem of 11.11.1941, this shekel is recognized and valid and lists of the payers are to be sent to Jerusalem". • Receipt for donation of one Shekel, Italy, 1945. • 50 receipts and copies of receipts for donation of a Shekel and "Herzl Shekel" (for voting for the 25th Zionist Congress, 1960), Palestine and Israel, 1915-1960. Among them receipts for donations of "Jubilee Shekel", 1947. • Receipt for a donation of one Shekel, Canada, 1964. • Four receipt booklets for donations of one Shekel, Germany, 1920s-1933. • Three receipt booklets. Palestine, 1920s-1948. • Receipts booklet - state not mentioned, 1946. • More.
Enclosed: • Entrance ticket to the Executive Board session. Jerusalem, 1952. • Entrance ticket to the 25th Zionist Congress. Jerusalem, 1960. • Receipt for donation of "A tenth of a Shekel per capita" to JNF. • Postcard published by "Phoenix" with a photograph of Herzl watching the city of Basel. • Postcard published by the "National Committee of JNF", on the occasion of "Fifty years to the first Zionist Congress in Basel".
Some of the items appear in multiple copies.
Size and condition vary. Good to fair condition. Numerous cards are torn in the center after being used for voting by the Zionist Congress delegates.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 504

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Collection of “Shanah Tovah” Postcards – Hebrew Publishing Co. – United States

Approximately 90 "Shanah Tovah" postcards. Published by Hebrew Publishing Co., New-York, [the first decades of the 20th century].
The collection includes: postcards depicting events from the Jewish cycle of life, among them Brit Mila, buying Etrog, and more; postcards depicting biblical scenes, among them King David playing the harp, story of Samson and Delilah, and more; postcards depicting Zionist themes and motifs, among them the second Zionist Congress in Basel, a ship in Jaffa port, "Lag BaOmer in the colony of Petach Tikva", Herzl's portrait, donation to a JNF Blue Box and more; postcards depicting immigration from the Old World to the USA, among them flags of the USA by the Blue and White flag, American Jews welcoming with open arms Jews coming from East Europe, "from darkness to light" – the American eagle rescuing doves from the claws of the Russian eagle, and more; and postcards depicting the prosperity and success which the new year will bring. Numerous postcards were illustrated by Jacob Keller (signed in the plate).
A number of postcards appear in several copies.
8.5X13.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Many stains. Some blemishes to margins of postcards. Open tears at margins of several postcards. Creases. Fractures. Long tear to one postcard, reinforced with tape. Two postcards were used.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 674

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Banknote – 500 Mils, Anglo-Palestine Bank

500 Mils Banknote, Anglo-Palestine Bank. Israel, [1948-1951].
Pick #14a.
Graded PMG 58 EPQ, Choice About Unc.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 678

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Two Fractional Notes – 50 and 100 Mils, 1948

Two fractional notes in denominations of 50 and 100 Mils. Israel, [1948].
1. Israel, Government Fractional Note. 50 Mils. Pick #6.
Graded PMG 55 EPQ, About Uncirculated.
2. Israel, Government Fractional Note. 100 Mils. Pick #7.
Graded PMG 64, Choice Uncirculated.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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Auction Online 18 Lot Number 529

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Ze’ev Raban – Collection of Hand-Drawn Sketches – Industrial Art Workshop

Approximately 120 sketches, most of them drawn in pencil and ink, that Ze’ev Raban prepared for items such as commercial logos, certificates, jewelry, and signs. Jerusalem.
Among them: Eleven sketches in watercolor and colored pencil (including symbols of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the landscapes of Palestine, and a logo for the Freemasons’ Grand Lodge of the State of Israel); many sketches of logos for commercial enterprises and institutions (such as Solel Boneh, the Anglo-Palestine Bank, and the School of Nursing at Beilinson Hospital); sketches of architectural elements and three-dimensional objects; jewelry and decorative objects; billboards; certificates of appreciation; maps; ornaments in geometric and vegetal patterns; and more.
Many of them are stamped: "Ze’ev Raban, Industrial Art Workshop (formerly Gur-Arie and Raban), Bezalel, Jerusalem". Some of them contain notes, comments, and instructions in Raban’s handwriting.
Enclosed: Three leaves in Raban’s handwriting – lists of works (evidently illustrations for a book); eighteen trial color prints (from books that Raban illustrated); seven trial prints for designs of logos.
Size and condition vary. Overall good–fair condition.

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