Israel gets 130,000 messages
from the past
Hebrew University of Jerusalem receives world’s largest collection of postcards mailed from the Holy Land in the 19th to 21st centuries.
Ever wonder what first impressions Kaiser Wilhelm II might have tweeted upon his arrival in Jerusalem in October 1898? Or what Instagram and WhatsApp messages British soldiers in Palestine during World War I would have sent?
Long before the era of instantaneous communication, postcards served as the primary way to keep in touch, send pictures, collect souvenirs and share experiences with family and friends faraway.
Over the past 60 years, British accountant David Pearlman amassed the world’s largest collection of Holy Land postcards.
All photos courtesy of Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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