Ephemera

Padova Freres Postcards

This Jewish Smyrna trading house produced a series of photo-postcards that are unique in that they record the exact days of the photos in the crucial stages from the end of the First World War to the establishment of the Turkish Republic and are thus unique visual records of this crucial period.

The caption in both photos reads: ‘Noel Hissement du drapeau Italien chez les Dominicans, Smyrne 25-12-918’ - which equates to Christmas celebrations by the Italian Levantine community at the Catholic Rosaire church at Alsancak.
Caption: The entry of the British minesweeper ‘Aberdare’, 6-3-19 - as part of the Allied occupation of Smyrna post WWI defeat as an ally of Germany.
Caption: Italian troops in Ephesus (in reality it is probably the Scala Nova region to the south), 10-6-19 - part of the international contingent of the Allied occupation of Smyrna region
A military ceremony at the St Rosaire Church, Izmir - 15-9-1919. 15th September was the birthday of the heir prince Umberto II (born in 1904), son of king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele III.
Caption: Mass in memory of the soldiers felled on the Italian front, 22-9-1919
A photo postcards from 12-10-1919, showing Italian boy-scouts of Smyrna on an outing on the suburbs (now part of built up greater Izmir) of Poligon in the Hatay district.
A photo postcard from 25-11-1919 showing a football match between from the name clearly a Jewish team ‘Maccabi’ and the British Wanderer team that was the local Bornova team which boasted players from the La Fontaine and Whittall families. The playing field was by the Greek Orthodox cemetery of Michael Archon (Archangel) of Darağaç, as can the tombstones be seen in the distance. This field was at the time home to Panionios (the local Greek team) and is today’s Altay Alsancak stadium.