London: Associated Illustration Agencies Ltd., ca. 1917-1918. Original photographs. Each photo measures 8x6", printed in b/w on glossy photo stock. The backsides contain descriptive labels pasted on, as well as ink stamps. "Passed for WW Transmission Board" and/or Associated Illustration Agencies Ltd in London.
These images mostly concern the recently arrived British forces into the area of Palestine, after defeating the Ottoman Turks during the later phase of the Sinai and Palestine campaign of WWI (1916-1918), and more specifically their relationship with and interaction with Jewish the and Arab communities of the land and their respective interests. These images are from the period right after the British occupation of the area began and before the official start of the mandate. Nearly all photographs are credited on the back as "Egyptian Official Photograph", likely a reference to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force of the British Army, who under General Allenby pushed the Ottomans out of Palestine.
#1 & #2 - Images of British Army officers and Muslim residents of Jerusalem gathering to send off pilgrims bound for Nabi Musa. The second image shows a sheik delivering a blessing for the pilgrims. Dated April 26th, 1918.
#3 - Victorious British General Edmund Allenby being received by members of the Jewish community in Jerusalem, and being presented with a miniture torah scroll. Dated May 24th 1918.
#4 - Jewish residents returning Torah scrolls from Petah Tikva in a procession through the street of Tel Aviv. These scrolls had been removed and hidden there during the Turkish evacuation of Jaffa. Undated.
#5 - An image showing members of the Zionist Commission, including Chaim Weizmann, seated at a table and enjoying a meal with British officers, during their 1918 tour of Palestine. Undated. Location not noted.
#6 - Another image of the from the Zionist Commission's tour of Palestine, showing a massive crowd of Jewish residents gathered at Mount Scopus, in Jerusalem. Undated.
#7 - The scene of an un-detonated Turkish booty-trap, near Gaza. The trap took the form of a group of wooden tables with bottles and baskets atop them. Undated. Likely taken in the aftermath of the Second Battle of Gaza, circa April 19th 1917.
Each photograph is in very good condition overall and protected in a plastic sleeve. Housed in a thin cardboard envelope. vg. Item #47761