|"Steamroller on Jerusalem Street" is the caption|
The picture's caption reads "Steamroller on Jerusalem Street."
The date of the picture is given as sometime between 1898 and 1946, nearly 50 years the American Colony photographers were active.
The steamroller is on the left side of the picture surrounded by a crowd. Why is it flying an American flag (alongside what appears to be a Turkish flag)?
As we researched, we discovered another photograph of the same vehicle. The second picture was taken outside of the Jaffa Gate, beneath David's Citadel.
Here is what we deduce:
- Perhaps the steamroller was a vehicle never seen before by Jerusalem's residents, and that would explain why all traffic stopped.
- Perhaps the American flag was being flown because the vehicle was an American gift or produced by an American company.
|"Steamroller on street outside of Jerusalem|
walls." (1898 - 1946)
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New comments: Hat Tip to Reader Paul M! Read his comments below which explain the American flag and help date the picture.