Winner's Unlimited - No. 105

Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Numismatics, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

February 21, 2018
Opening $300
Estimate $500 - $800
Sold for $610
Including buyer's premium

Palestine Postal and Telegraph Administration (Land of Israel) July [1930]. Rare.

Single directory for all areas of the country including Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, and 'Other Centers' [cities in the south and north]. Telephone numbers comprising only three digits.

The directory opens with 'Essence of telephone service' with extremely basic instructions about how to make a telephone call for those using a telephone for the first time in their lives. [Three sides participate in a telephone call, they are: you yourself, the center and the distant subscriber, a successful telephone call is possible only with these three sides, it is impossible without them.'] And basic instructions about how to use the telephone, how to converse and how to answer the call. After that is a list of 'names of subscribers' which opens with of the telephone numbers of 'His Excellency the High Commissioner' with the symbol of the British Mandate, a list of the telephone numbers of the 'Government Departments' ['Agriculture and Forestry, 'Deputy County Commissioner's Offices,' 'Telephone numbers of the Army and Air Force' and others].

Interesting telephone numbers can be found, such as that of the Jamal brothers [publishers of the famous postcards], Rothschild Hospital, the English Mission, 'HaIvri' Press, 'The Ashkenazic Chevrah Kaddishah,' 'The Palestine Automobile Society,' 'United Elder Society,' 'The Hospital for Infectious Diseases,' 'HaBimah - The Hebrew Theater,' 'Asis, the Society for the Production of Fruits of the Land,' and more.

As such, the directory includes price lists for international calls to Egypt, to Transjordan, intercity calls, postage rates for the Palestine Postal and Telegraph Administration, air mail, many advertisements, and more. Rare.

The various chapters are separated by dividers which were designed as part of the directory.

Brittle brown paper, rust marks near the staples, tears. Moderate condition.

Category
Historic Documents and Books of Haskalah and Polemics