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Zionist flags on Old Cards

I recently found here postcards showing items from an exhibition entitled Blue-White in Colours that took place in 1996-1997. I assume that the exhibition was about Zionism reflected in postcards, greeting cards, posters etc. Some of the cards have flags on them:

  • A Zionist Calendar for the Jewish Year 5664, St. Petersburg, 1903. The flag is in b/w so I'm not sure about the colours. It is divided horizontaly, the upper part is probably blue, the lower part white. On the blue half there are 7 stars, in gold/yellow or white. These are Herzl's 7 stars, but here they are 5-pointed instead of the usual magen-david like six-pointed stars. In the centre of the flag there is a large dark magen-david, probably in dark blue.
  • The Ship of Redemption, greeting card for the new year, New York, 1925. There are two flags there, blue over white with a golden magen-david in the centre. Below the magen-david there are inscriptions in gold. On one flag, "...for out of Zion shall go forth the law" (which continues, "and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem", Isaiah 2,3). On the other flag: "The Labour Battalion". This was an organization of pioneers in the 1920's. Its members worked in road construction.
  • The Daughter of Zion, greeting card for the new year, Germany, c. 1910. It shows a woman holding a long continous flag (streamer?). It is white, has two blue stripes like in the Israeli flag, but also two narrower stripes, in a lighter shade of blue, close to the wider ones. Between the inner stripes and in the same shade of blue, there are small magen-davids, running along the flag, with the word "Zion" in hebrew inside them.

Nahum Shereshevsky, 27 August 1998

Wrong Flag at a Book

image by Željko Heimer

The book is called "Vrldens huvudstder", which translates to "The capitals of the world". It is also said that the book has a "complete" flag map, which it does not, since it e.g. does not show the flag for Liechtenstein and Manchukuo, even though the capitals of these countries are presented inside the book. Interesting is also the flag for Palestine, virtually the same as the flag for Israel from 1948 (even if the Magen David is black in this picture, but the flags are overall a bit inaccurate).
Elias Granqvist, 22 April 2003

It is not the flag of "Palestine 1938" since in that era it was the british ensigns that should represent the mandate government, while the current Israeli flag (always with blue Magen David) was the flag of the Zionist Federations and the de-facto flag of the Jewish population.
Dov Gutterman, 7 July 2003

Flag in Larousse Dictionary

[Proposal in Larousse]
image by Jaume Ollé

The flag of the Palestine Jews pre-1939, according to the Larousse Dictionary.
Jaume Ollé
, 11 January 1998

Flag in German Newspaper in 1941

I recently bought an atlas from 1932 when I was in Frankfurt, Germany. Inside there was a loose map, entitled Der Nahe Osten (The Near East). The map was from the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper and printed in 1941. Along the side of the map are short political histories and pictures of flags from the following nations: Egypt, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Iraq, Iran, Yugoslavia, Palestine, Romania, Saudi Arabia, the Soviet Union, Syria, Transjordan and Turkey.
The flag for Palestine is a simple blue over white. Maybe the German paper used that flag and omitted the Jewish symbol?
Roger Moyer
, 9 November 1996