Israel/Palestine: Yitzhak Leib Peretz commemorative celluloid pin, circa. mid-late 1920s; maker-marked "KA-ER"; size: 18.25mm x 52.25mm; weight: 1.1g.
Pin depicts photo image of Peretz, his name (popularly known as "Y.L.Peretz") - a popular writer of prose and song in Yiddish and Hebrew in his time, and highly regarded figure of the "Haskala" movement who championed both the Hasidic religious as well as Jewish socialist movement. Although he did not live in Palestine, his works were well regarded here.
Unlike a similar item (0130952), this pin of Peretz may be a local manufacture, as the maker's name "ka-er" has significance in Hebrew, and means "concavity" or "syncline". This kind of usage of standard Hebrew words for a trademark business name was popular in the early days of the "Yishuv"; the use of non-Hebrew letters suggests it was made during the 4th Aliya (immigration wave) of 1924-1930, when many East European Jews immigrated to Palestine out of necessity and less out of Zionism, but nevertheless established and expanded the local industry (including light industries such as pin manufacturing).
מילות מפתח: סיכות מדליות מדליה סמלים תגיות מזכרות מזכרת הרצל הרצליאנה דמויות מנהיגים תנועה ציונית פלשתינה א"י