Lot 133: Photograph Album - Photographer Avraham Soskin - Souvenir for Maxa Nordau
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: 27 original photographs by Avraham Soskin, mounted in an album, presented as a souvenir to Maxa Nordau, daughter of Max Nordau. Tel-Aviv, 1926. Twenty seven original photographs taken by photographer Avraham Soskin, documenting the first years of Tel-Aviv and the neighborhoods named after Max Nordau - Nordia and Tel Nordau, the reinterment of the remains of Max Nordau and his grave. A leaf is pasted at the opening of the album with a printed dedication: "With the Compliments of the Township of Tel-Aviv, to Miss Maxa Nordau, In Souvenir of Her Visit to Tel-Aviv in May 1926". The photographs portray: the first meeting of Tel-Aviv proprietors on the site of Tel-Aviv ("The Seashell Lottery", April 11, 1909) - rare photograph; Leveling sand dunes; Herzl street in 1910 and in the years 1924-1925; Rothschild Boulevard (in the years 1910,1925); Herzlia Gymnasium; Nordia quarter; Tel Nordau neighborhood; the reinterment of the remains of Max Nordau opposite the old city hall building; Menachem Ussishkin delivering a speech in memory of Nordau in "Beit Ha'am"; Nordau's grave; and more. Photographs are accompanied by title-notes (English). Not signed. Maxa Nordau (1897-1991) - French painter, illustrator and author, the only daughter of Max Nordau (1849-1923) - one of the founders of the Zionist Movement, philosopher, physician and author, born in Hungary. Nordau died in 1923, while visiting Paris. In 1926 his remains were buried in Eretz Israel, in the cemetery on Trumpeldor Street in Tel-Aviv. Avraham Soskin (1881-1963) was born in Russia and moved to Eretz Israel in 1905. Soskin settled in the German Colony in Jaffa and opened a photography studio by the name of "Photographia Progress" together with G. Bruck. Soskin moved to Herzl Street 24 in the year 1914, to a house where he lived on the second floor with his family and which also served him as a studio; in this studio, named "Photographia A. Soskin" he worked for 19 years, until the year 1933 (when the studio was closed). Soskin, known as the "Tel-Aviv Photographer", was one of the most prominent photographers working in Eretz Israel during the Yishuv period and is well-known for his photographs which document the first two decades of the first Jewish City; some of Soskin's photos from those years turned to be iconic and most identified with the early days of Tel-Aviv, and are included in this album. Enclosed is the book "Album of Tel-Aviv Views by Photographer Avraham Soskin" (Berlin, 1926): on the first page of the book appears a handwritten dedication signed by David Bloch-Blumenfeld, mayor of Tel-Aviv at the time, in honor of Anna, widow of Max Nordau: "Madam Anna Max Nordau, with the Compliments of the Township of Tel-Aviv, D. Bloch". Photographs: 9X16.5 cm - 11.5X16.5 cm. Album: 22X27.5 cm, cardboard cover, bound with string. Photographs in good condition. Some damages to album binding. "Album of Tel-Aviv Views": binding in fair condition, tears. Some stains and tears to margins of first leaves.