Costumes of the Past

The costumes for Purim occupy the whole family long before the month of Adar. The children plan every detail in their costume, whether it is purchased or handmade.

What did the costumes of the children in Palestine look like?

The Photograph Collection of the CZA contains spectacular pictures of children in costumes from different periods during the last century. Although it's not possible to find superstars and movie characters amongst the dressed-up children, it is surprising to discover that there are still costumes that are relevant today, such as costumes of clowns, kings and Indians. At the same time, there are unique costumes that reflect the spirit of the times, such as the Blue Box of the Jewish National Fund, products "made in Israel", and even the period of austerity in the 1950's.

You are invited to see for yourself… Happy Purim!

 

 

The winning costumes at the Purim carnival held in Tel Aviv, 1925: 

clowns, a king and a student (PHG\1086197

 

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Children dressed as a Chinese and as kings, Tel Aviv, 1928. Keren Hayesod Collection (PHKH\1296484)
 
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A boy and a girl dressed as a sapling and as fruits of Palestine, Jerusalem, 1930.
Keren Hayesod Collection (NKH\454917)
 
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 A child disguised as Joseph's dream (on his shoulders, groups of crops that represented the brothers in the dream), Tel Aviv, 1930's. Keren Hayesod Collection (PHKH\1279661)
 
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A girl dressed up as the Blue Box of the JNF, the Adloyada in Tel Aviv, early 1930's.
Photographer: Zvi Oron (NZO/630321)
  
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A baby in a carriage disguised as a clown, the Adloyada in Tel Aviv, early 1930's.
Photographer: Zvi Oron (NZO/630367)
 
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 Children with costumes about "Made in the Land of Israel", Jerusalem, 1937.
Photographer: Zvi Oron (NZO/638803)
 
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Two soldiers from the Royal Air Force greeting children disguised as the American flag and a nurse, Jerusalem, 1942. (PHG\1005472)
 
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A girl with a costume about the period of austerity in Israel (the "tzena"), Jerusalem, 1952.
Photographer: Nadav Lerer, Keren Hayesod collection (NKH\454925)
 
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Purim in Kibbutz Hulata, children in costumes of the Indians, 1957.
Keren Hayesod collection (NKH\455062)