Thursday, November 15, 2012

150-Year-Old Pictures Released for Online Viewers
Thank You Library of Congress for Responding to Our Request

The "Golden Gate," also known as Sha'ar
HaRachamim. On the other side of the wall is
the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock
(1865) View Golden Gate feature here
The Library of Congress has an amazing archive of antique photographs, including the 22,000 pictures taken by the American Colony Photographic Department in Jerusalem.  It also contains photos by photographic pioneers and explorers who visited the Holy Land in the second half of the 19th century.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Click on the captions to see the originals.

Panoramic view of Jerusalem, taken from the Hill of Evil Counsel - Abu Tur (1865)
One explorer was Captain Charles Wilson of the British Ordnance Survey and the Palestine Exploration Fund.  Two of the pictures taken by Wilson's photographer, Sgt. J. M. McDonald, are available in the Library of Congress archives for researchers, but they had never been digitalized and made available on the Internet.

Israel Daily Picture requested that the Library remove copyright restrictions on the 147-year-old photos.  The pictures were posted on the Internet this week and appear here.  The Library's site allows visitors to enlarge the photographs to see amazing details, in these cases more than 12 MB in size.

Other photos from Wilson's expedition appear in the Palestine Exploration Fund's gallery, and one picture of the Haram el-Sharif/Temple Mount and Western Wall appears here.
Panoramic view of Haram el-Sharif/Temple Mount and Western Wall (Credit: Palestine Exploration Fund, 1865)

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  1. please see
    http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?s=3&sType=Rel&rCol=The%2520Middle%2520East%2520in%2520Early%2520Prints%2520and%252E%252E%252E&r=12fhj&rDiv=Dorot%2520Jewish%2520Division&rOper=2&submit.x=6&submit.y=8

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