Ca. 1905. Thirty loose gelatin silver photos ca. 12x16,5 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ½ in) or slightly smaller, mounted on period card leaves ca. 20,5x27 cm (8 ¼ x 10 ½ in). All photos with period ink captions in French on the mounts (one photo also dated “1905”); most photos with period ink numbers on the mounts. A couple of images mildly faded or with mild silvering, several mounts slightly soiled or with minor foxing, but overall a very good collection of interesting photos.
Attractive collection of original vernacular photos of Damascus and the site of Banias village in what was then Ottoman Syria, taken by a French traveller in the early 20th century. Twenty-seven photos show the streets and markets of Damascus, focusing on architecture and ornaments on the buildings’ facades, street lamps, stone-paved roads, the assortment of goods for sale, and the costumes of the locals. One photo apparently features a minaret of the Umayyad Mosque, another one - the storefront of “Hotel Damas.” Men in two photos look straight into the camera. Three photos were taken near the village of Banias at the foot of Mount Hermon (the area was occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967). One photo is a view of an ancient Roman gate on the site of Cesarea Phillippi, and two others show the rocky landscape and peasant kids in the Banias vicinity. Overall a lively photo collection showing the everyday life in Syria in the early 20th century.
Price: $1,500.00 USD
Status: On Hold