Auction 80 Part 1 Jewish and Israeli History, Culture and Art
Jun 29, 2021
8 Ramban St, Jerusalem., Israel

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LOT 20:

Seven Palestine Telephone Directories – Published by the Mandate Government, 1925-1946

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Seven Palestine Telephone Directories – Published by the Mandate Government, 1925-1946
Seven official Palestine telephone directories. Issued by the Mandate government. Various printers, Jerusalem (one directory was printed in Jaffa), 1925-1946. English and Hebrew.
1-4. Four nationwide telephone directories, from the years 1925, 1928, 1934 and 1936. Accompanied by illustrated advertisements for various businesses (advertising hotels, vehicles, decorated tiles, typewriters, and more). English.
5-7. Three 1946 regional telephone directories: Jaffa-Tel-Aviv and Western Palestine (Hebrew), Haifa and Northern Palestine (Hebrew), Jerusalem and Southern Palestine (English). Several pages with instructions: "If your call remains unanswered – try again after a while"; "Are you in a hurry? Order an urgent call"; "Wrong number! say 'I apologize'"; and more.
These directories, issued by the Mandate government in the years when telephones were uncommon in Palestine, include instructions for using the device. The telephone numbers often consist of two or three digits (in some of the smaller localities, the numbers consist of a single digit).
Size and condition vary. Fair-good overall condition. Stains, creases and blemishes. Closed and open tears (some large). Worming. One directory with detached front cover and missing spine.

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