|Picture of King Feisal's arrival in December 1931, not the|
arrival of the new British High Commissioner Wauchope
in November 1931 (Library of Congress)
But the photo is not of the arrival of the new British High Commissioner Sir Arther Wauchope in November 1931 to replace Mark Aitchison Young.
|This is the welcoming ceremony for the new High|
Commissioner in 1931. Note the 9-plane flyover by the RAF,
the banners, and the antelope mascot of the Royal
Regiment of Fusiliers in front of the station
We thank Chen Melling, manager of the Israel Railway Museum, for helping to put us back on the "right track."
|Train schedule -- Jerusalem arrival at 0910|
We surmised that the dignitaries were looking west into the setting sun. Actually, they were looking east at the rising sun, and the clock showing 9:30 confirms it. The British honor guard was standing on the square in front of the station, and a train can be seen behind it on the left, as pointed out by "Hillel," a faithful reader.
A 1926 train schedule provided by the Israel Railroad Museum confirms that the arrival ceremony would have taken place at 9:30 am, 20 minutes after the arrival of the train.
Jerusalem's dignitaries, led by the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin el Husseini, and the Mayor of Jerusalem, Raghib al-Nashashibi, were on hand to receive the King of Iraq.
|Enlargement of photo above shows Haj Amin el Husseini in the|
white turban, Mayor Nashashibi in the center, and King Feisal
|Nashashibi and Husseini. The two men|
loathed each other (1936)
|King Feisal (left) and his brother Emir Abdullah|
of Jordan visiting Jerusalem in 1933, months
before Feisal's death in Europe
Special thanks to Zvi Bessin, tour guide, for his cooperation in finding the solution to this mystery photograph.
|The "square" in front of the train station (circa 2010,|
by Ronen Saraf, Google Streetview)
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