The US Library of Congress has a wonderful, cataloged collection of books, photos and paintings from around the world.
They even have amazing collections from the "Holy Land" dating back to the 1890-1900 era.
Note the unique tree in both of these postcards, from Lod (Lydda) and Mount Scopus (Jerusalem)...and please tell me one of these isn't a fake.
[View from Southwest, Lydda (Lod), Holy Land, (i.e. Israel) -- between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900]
[From Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Holy Land -- between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900]
They have a nice painting as well of Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb) Same era.
However, when I compared it to photos, none of them had an old olive tree to the right...only to the left. Maybe it's the angle? I guess it could be.
This is the way I remember Kever Rachel from the 1980s...
With the advent of the Olso Peace Process, the site's security had to be "upgraded"
The peace kept getting so bad, that it turned into a full concrete fortress.
(credits; here, here, here, here and here,)
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד