"TO MR. JOSEPH SELTZER DELEGATE OF THE CARLSBAD CONGRESS": TWO LARGE SOUVENIR PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 1921 12TH ZIONIST CONGRESS IN CARLSBAD
Twelfth Zionist Congress. Souvenir of the 12th Zionist Congress: photographic collage with philatelic additions. Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary): no publisher, . Two photographs, mounted on heavy cardstock and surrounded by a border of canceled postage stamps; entire piece measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches. $5000.
Two photographs of the 12th Zionist Congress in Carlsbad by photographer Carl Wagner—one of the entire 12th Congress and another of the "HaMizrahi" delegates—sent as a souvenir to one of the congress' delegates, Joseph Seltzer.
The 1921 Zionist Congress was the first Congress to be held after World War I, during which time the Zionist movement had won British support for its endeavors to create a Jewish national home in Palestine (the Balfour Declaration). The Congress passed resolutions welcoming the decision of the principal Allied powers to grant the mandate for Palestine to Britain and encouraged the ratification of the Mandate by the League of Nations. On the cardstock mount is the handwritten dedication: "To Mr. Joseph Seltzer delegate of the Carlsbad Congress." On the cardstock appear Czech postage stamps, cancellation marks, and Congress inkstamps. Each photograph measures 9 by 6 inches.