Auction 68 Jewish and Israeli History and Culture
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LOT 13:

A Large Varied Collection of JNF Boxes – Rare Boxes

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55 JNF boxes from all over the world. Germany, England, Palestine, USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico and elsewhere, 1930s to early 21st century.
The collection of boxes, manufactured over close to a century in three continents, reflects the scope of JNF's activity, beginning with raising funds for redeeming lands in Palestine during the first half of the 20th century and ending with afforestation and supporting the settlements from the beginning of the century to its end, as well as ideological Zionist activity among the Jews of the Diaspora.
The collection includes "Blue Boxes" from the 1930s made in Germany and Palestine, ornamental boxes, "Zion" boxes made in Palestine and bearing its short map (without the Negev) manufactured by Alfred Salzmann and Koenigshoffer, boxes bearing a long map of Palestine made in Israel during the 1940s to 1960s, manufactured by Alfred Salzmann, Chaim Murro, and others (including boxes showing Aqaba instead of Eilat), North-American and South-American boxes, boxes from various European countries, cardboard boxes, blue plastic boxes, children's boxes, and more.
Noteworthy are several boxes which do not appear in the catalog "The Blue Box" (Hebrew) by Prof. Shaul Ladani and Dotan Shulman: • A South-American metal box, unusually heavy and thick, whose front is identical to the front of the first American box – the legend "Zion" and a map of Palestine without the Negev, with Spanish legends. [ca. 1934-1948]. • South-American cardboard box, on which appears a map of forested Israel. [ca. 1980s or 1990s]. • Small Canadian cardboard box, which includes a kit for planting a tree with seeds and instructions. A joint initiative of the JNF and the Tree Canada project. [After 2007].
Enclosed: an ornamental pin designed as a JNF box, in a frame.
Size and condition vary. Good to bad overall condition.
Literature: "The Blue Box" (Hebrew) by Prof. Shaul Ladani and Dotan Shulman. Israel, 2014.

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