Tourist Tip #214 / 'As We Were,' a Walk Down Israel's Memory Lane

At a gallery in Ra'anana, you can view the history of early Israel through the everyday objects that marked its days.

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Barbie dolls, Monopoly, Coca-Cola, friendship bracelets, hacky sacks, baseball cards and Michael Jackson's rhinestone glove have all, at one point or another, contributed to the definition of American popular culture. Throughout the years, each of these has illustrated something about American values, interests, trends or, well, fads. Since its establishment in 1948, Israel, too, has manufactured its own products of popular culture – some of which have been amassed by a number of collectors since the state’s early days.

Now, on the occasion of Israel's 65th Independence Day, some 600 items from eight of these collections have formed the exhibition "As We Were," on view until June 29 at the Municipal Art Gallery in Beit Yad Labanim in Ra'anana.

The exhibition focuses on items produced from 1948, after Israel declared independence, until 1973. It includes posters, games, greeting cards, toys, home decorations, sculptures and figurines, among other everyday objects that, when viewed together, shed light on what Israel was like in the 25 years after its founding.

The show is a sweet, nostalgic trip down memory lane that will transport visitors to a bygone era when everything seemed simpler – even if it wasn't.

Municipal Art Gallery in Beit Yad Labanim
147 Ahuza St., Ra’anana
Tel.: (09) 761-0564
Opening hours: Sun. – Thurs. 9 A.M. to 7 P.M.; Friday 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.; Saturday 11 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.; street parking available.

A detail from a poster issued for one of Israel's earliest Independence Days.Credit: Courtesy Municipal Art Gallery at Beit Yad Labanim

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