This is a poster from 1940 advertising the Egged Bus Company. Around the poster is written in Hebrew and English: “Branches all over Palestine,” “Whether by bus or by taxi travel Egg(ed).”
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Articles and advertisements describing transportation in Israel, photographs of vehicles and road, posters promoting Israeli vehicles and transportation, El Al and Israeli railways posters and road safety.
Rosh Hanikra, Jerusalem, Kvish 6 (Trans-Israel Highway)
This is an advertisement from the Palestine Post newspaper in 1947 for “fast” and “cheap” airplane tickets from Israel to London, Brindisi (Italy), Baghdad, and Cairo.
Like much of Israel’s infrastructure, the basis for the transportation system was established during the British Mandate period: many of the roads and railways built at this time are still in use today. The Egged Bus Company, founded as a cooperative service in 1933, continues to this day. The Israeli airline El Al has been flying since its inaugural flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv in September 1948. The first railroad in Palestine was the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway which opened on September 26, 1892. Unlike road vehicles and city trams, Israeli trains run on the left side of the tracks, matching Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries whose formerly connected rail networks were constructed by British engineers. The second railway was the Jezreel Valley railway running from Haifa to Beit She’an, built in 1904 as part of the Haifa-Daraa branch, a 1905-built feeder line of the Hejaz railway which ran from Medina (Saudia Arabia) to Damascus (Syria).