Thursday, September 01, 2011

A Treasure Trove Of History


I just stumbled across a treasure trove of historical photos of the Middle East, mostly of historic Palestine.

The one above - dated 1900 to 1920 - shows Jews praying at the wailing wall. Note the apparent lack of gender separation, with the man and woman next to each other in the foreground!

The collection, at the Library of Congress was taken by members of the "American Colony" between 1898 and 1946. It contains over 22,000 images. Hours (maybe years!) of fun, if you are into old photos of Israel/Palestine.

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