Tom brought back several items he acquired on his travels during WWI. One was a small book containing illustrations and pressed flowers from places in Palestine. Presumably it was a gift for Ethel. The book, with back and front covers made of wood, is called “Flowers of the Holy Land.” More interesting than simply a collection of picture postcards.

Tom was probably in Palestine at the time of the Balfour Declaration, a crucial contribution of the efforts of the Zionist movement to establish a Jewish state.

This is a photo of the front cover of the book.

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This is the first page

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An illustration of Jerusalem.

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Pressed flowers gathered in Jerusalem.

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An illustration of Bethlehem

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Pressed flowers gathered in Bethlehem

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An illustration of the Mount of Olives

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Pressed flowers gathered on the Mount of Olives

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An illustration of Jaffa

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Pressed flowers gathered in Jaffa

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