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Perisphere Ponderings

by David J. Cope

Proud of their region – changing accomplishments in the Middle East, Jewish Palestinians taught Americans about international politics now dominating the world of today at "The World of Tomorrow."

The World of Tomorrow's Civics Lesson Link button

Art deco sculptor Maurice Ascalon (1913-2003), designed and fabricated the massive hammered copper relief sculpture that adorned the facade of that building. The sculpture, entitled "The Scholar, the Laborer, and the Toiler of the Soil" consists of three human forms, each representing a facet necessary for a successful modern society.

Jewish Palestine Pavilion
Photo and text courtesy of Eric Ascalon, Cherry Hill, NJ.
From the private collection of Maurice Ascalon.

Photo 298, Jewish Palestine Pavilion by Arie van Dort
Photo 298, Jewish Palestine Pavilion by Arie van Dort

The pavilion introduced the world to the concept of a modern Jewish state (which a decade later would become the nation of Israel). After the fair closed, the sculpture was transported to Chicago (where it still is today), becoming part of the permanent collection of the Spertus Museum.

Various displays portrayed the work accomplished by Jewish settlers in the Holy Land; the reclamation of swamps, the irrigation of desert wastes, and the cultivation of farm lands. Other exhibits were devoted to historical subjects, the school systems in Palestine, and the revival of the ancient Hebrew tongue.

A series of dioramas depicted "The Holy Land of Yesterday and Tomorrow."

Cafe Tel Avive - Photo 313 by Arie van Dort
Cafe Tel Avive - Photo 313 by Arie van Dort

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1940 Jewish Palestine Pavilion Catalog
1940 Jewish Palestine Pavilion Catalog

View the pages of the 1940 Jewish Palestine Pavilion Exhibition and Sale Catalog.

The sale was held September 27 to October 27, 1940.

The presentation of this catalog was submitted by Mr. David Matlow (August 2016)

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