Eliyahu Brothers Postcards

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The Great Synagogue in Petah Tikva (founded in 1885)
Allenby Street near the sea

Eliyahu Brothers Postcards both series Postcards, who published the brothers of Matityahu Eliyahu and Yossef Eliyahu, from the early twenties to 1939.

Series include hundreds of images; Most of the images were views of Israel and some others were the leaders of the Zionist movement and Jewish settlement.


Matityahu and Yossef Eliyahu were born in Corfu to Malka and Abraham (Elia), active in the Zionist movement in Corfu. They arrived in 1914 to Ottoman Israel and worked in printing in Jaffa.

During World War I in 1917, they were deported from Tel Aviv with all other foreign nationals, especially nationals of Greece, a state enemy of Turkey. They were persecuted, and sent with hundreds of other Jews to Hama in Syria, and then to Istanbul.

After the war, they returned to Israel and set up a stationery store in Jaffa, and another on Nahalat Binyamin Street in Tel Aviv, later moving to Herzl Street.

They were importers of products from the Parker Pen Company, including ink, fountain pen types, and other accessories. At the same time, they opened a publishing house printing postcards of Israel.

The images of the postcards included: the Wailing Wall, Rachel's Tomb, new Zionist settlements—such as Petah Tikva, Hadera, and Degania Kibbutz Ein Harod—and cities such as Jerusalem and Haifa. Half of the images concerned Tel Aviv and streets such as Herzl, Nordau, Sokolov, Ahad Ha'am, Bialik, Dizengoff, Rothschild, and Trumpeldor. Others were about prominent leaders like Chaim Weizmann and Ze'ev Jabotinsky.