|What a treasure looks like. Boxes of lantern slides -- the precursor to |
photographic slides and slide projectors
Dr. Hood understood she had
|Coming ashore at Jaffa Port (Credit: RCB Library, 1897). Note the|
Turkish flag flying
Dr. Hood deserves credit for preserving the images, digitizing them last year and posting them on the RCB's homepage.
We thank her for granting us permission to publish the RCB photographs.
Last year, Dr. Hood and BBC undertook an investigation to discover the name of hitherto anonymous photographer. They were able to identify him as David Brown, a soap manufacturer from Donaghmore who was also an amateur photographer. In 1897 he joined a pilgrimage led by his brother in law, a Presbyterian minister from Northern Ireland.
We present here Part 1 of the RCB Library Collection.
Click on pictures to enlarge. Click on the caption to view the original.
|Damascus Gate (Credit: RCB Library, 1897) View inside Damascus Gate HERE|
View Herod's Gate HERE
View Lions Gate HERE
|Jews praying at the Western "Wailing" Wall. The day is a Sabbath or Jewish Festival since the men are wearing |
their Sabbath finery, including fur hats. The photograph is very unusual since in virtually all of the other 19th
century pictures at the Wall men are not wearing their customary prayer shawls (talitot) perhaps because of a
Jewish prohibition of carrying objects on the Sabbath, or because of the harassment of Muslim authorities.
(Credit: RCB Library, 1897)
|Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The man on the right is believed to be the photographer, David Brown. Note|
the Turkish soldier on duty inside the Church. (Credit: RCB Library, 1897). A Turkish soldier was also on guard
in Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus). See below.
|Joseph's Tomb (Credit: RCB Library, 1897). Certain |
pictures, such as this one, were almost obligatory to
all visiting photographers assembling a travelogue.
|Turkish guard inside Joseph's Tomb (Library|
of Congress 1900)
|A "hides market," according to the RCB's Library caption, but no location is given. Actually, the photo is taken|
in Jerusalem at the entrance of the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Looming over the complex
on the hill is the Tifferet Yisrael Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter (Credit: RCB Library, 1897). The
synagogue was destroyed along with the Jewish Quarter in 1948.
To read more on the Church of Ireland RCB Library collection and its discovery click HERE and HERE and HERE