|Street scene, Jewish Quarter of Constantinople, 1898 (Credit: Keystone-Mast Collection, California |
Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside)
But when we enlarged the photo, using the Keystone-Mast Collection's excellent "zoom" tools, we realized that there was much more than what met the eye. The University of California photo, we discovered, was not identical to the Library of Congress picture. The two were taken seconds apart, and there are differences. Moreover, upon examining the photos, we saw that almost a dozen residents of the street were watching what may have been a confrontation between the man and dog. (Rabies vaccinations in Constantinople began only in 1900.)
Look at the bottom left corner of the picture above, and you will see the back of a head and women standing in a doorway. In the LoC photo you see that the head has turned; it's a young boy's face. From many other windows women are watching the street scene below.
|A head and three women (UCR)|
|Woman in a window|
|Women looking from |
|A girl in the doorway, a woman at the window|
|Two figures watching from a distant window|
|A woman, possibly with children, appears to be |
scurrying across the street (LoC)
Constantinople: The name of the Turkish city was changed from Constantinople to Istanbul in the 1920s, which explains the location in the caption on this 1898 photo.