A postcard handwritten by Golda Meir and stamped in Egypt in 1930 is slated to hit the auction block in Los Angeles this Thursday.
The postcard shows the Nile River in Cairo and features a commemorative stamp of King Fuad, who became Sultan of Sudan and Egypt in 1917, according to Nate D. Sanders Auctions, which is selling the collectible.
Meir addressed the postcard to Shoshana Golotcinskit at P.O. Box 303 in Tel Aviv, Palestine and wrote in Hebrew, “Shalom, Shoshana, I hope that you telegraphed me the addresses. I ask you to send immediately the Horowitz book, tell Lobatkin that I forgot to buy it. I ask you my dear that you write me. I am having a difficult time."
She added a sentence in Yiddish to the effect of "I am lost" or "I can’t find myself" before signing off, "Shalom, Golda.”
The auction house surmised she may have been referring to her anguish over leaving her young children after her separation from her husband.
Meir moved to Tel Aviv in 1928. She traveled outside Palestine frequently in 1929 and 1930. She went to the United States on behalf of the Women’s Labor Council and made two trips to Great Britain, including a 1930 trip to participate in the Conference of Socialist Women.
According to the auction house, it was impossible to sail directly to the Jaffa Port in Palestine at the time, so Meir would have traveled through Alexandria and then by train to Palestine.
Meir served as Israel’s fourth prime minister from 1969 until 1974. She died in 1978 and is buried on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
Interested bidders may participate in the auction online at www.NateDSanders.com.
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