Marvin Goldman of Manhattan’s Upper West Side has collected 40,000 pieces of El Al memorabilia over the past 40 years, JTA reported.
These include model aircraft, flight bags, china, pens, ashtrays, buttons, desk flags, photos, posters and even uniforms and hats from decades past.
He counts the first badge to adorn an El Al pilot’s hat as “One of my most prized items.”
“I’m a collector, but a collector with a purpose. I began saving El Al memorabilia following my first trip to Israel in 1978 and have been doing it ever since,” he said.
With 2018 marking the 70th anniversaries of both Israel and the airline, Goldman’s collection is drawing more interest than ever.