The poster advertises the 25th anniversary congress, Nissan 5694 (1934) – Nisan 5719 (1959), of the Histadrut HaOvdim Ha’Le’Umit established by the revisionists (who eventually grouped into the Likud) to compete with the Histadrut. A man, made from the Israeli flag, shouldering a sledge hammer and standing proudly before factory and brick wall symbolizes the worker in Israel. Ironically, the hammer and the sheaf of grain (reduced to a single stalk in the lower left) were iconographic in the art of the Palestinian and early Israeli socialist movements and were (presumably) adapted from the Soviet hammer and sickle. The designer’s name (?), Lip, is in the plate at the upper right corner. This is a magnificent example of the many labor posters produced in Palestine and Israel.
The poster is in very good clean condition; the colors are bright; there are a few repaired tears with no losses and creases.
height – 33 1/4″; width – 22″