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Old postcards of Israel

Emek Yizrael (Plain of Esdraelon, Jezreel Valley), is the setting of this image of two laborers and their camel.

Emek Yizrael (Plain of Esdraelon, Jezreel Valley), is the setting of this image of two laborers and their camel.

Although the images were originally taken in black and white, they’ve been restored to full color with the help of Photochrom technology – allowing an incredible insight into the lives of the people living in Israel over a century ago.

Many of the images are set to a stunning backdrop, still largely untouched by civilization and certainly far from modernity.

The images offer a fascinating perspective on a region that has changed dramatically in some ways but with its distinctive climate and unique architecture, in some destinations, looks surprisingly familiar.

Old City. Jerusalem

Old City. Jerusalem

 

This photograph of Jaffa was taken between 1890 and 1900. The city had historically been a very important port for the country.

This photograph of Jaffa was taken between 1890 and 1900. The city had historically been a very important port for the country.

 

A group of fishermen is pictured on the waters in Tiberias, on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, around 1900

A group of fishermen is pictured on the waters in Tiberias, on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, around 1900

 

Two young children, from a neighborhood of Jerusalem, are pictured circa 1900 holding what appears to be Jerusalem artichokes

Two young children, from a neighborhood of Jerusalem, are pictured circa 1900 holding what appears to be Jerusalem artichokes

 

A water carrier in Jerusalem, taken between 1890 and 1900

A water carrier in Jerusalem, taken between 1890 and 1900

 

Three elderly Jewish men in Jerusalem.

Three elderly Jewish men in Jerusalem.

 

A group of travellers are relaxing under an enormous tree in Lod (Lydda). Behind them, a small oasis can be seen in the distance.

A group of travellers are relaxing under an enormous tree in Lod (Lydda). Behind them, a small oasis can be seen in the distance.

 

The Oak of Abraham, near Hevron, still stands today

The Oak of Abraham, near Hevron, still stands today

 

The Lion’s Gate, pictured in 1900, which offers access to Jerusalem.

The Lion’s Gate, pictured in 1900, which offers access to Jerusalem.