Saturday, December 04, 2010

Looking up the River Jordan

Looking up the River JordanLooking up the River Jordan. LC-DIG-ppmsca-18417-00036 (digital file from original on page 71, no. 36)

Hand-colored photographs of Jerusalem and Palestine.

Title: Hand-colored photographs of Jerusalem and Palestine. Creator(s): American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Dept., photographer. Date Created/Published: 1919. Medium: 1 album (36 photographic prints, most hand-colored) ; 31 x 41 cm. (album)
Summary: Photographs show people, buildings, and landscapes in Jerusalem and Palestine (present day Israel and the West Bank). (p. 1-35) Photographs include: Shepherds, Bethlehem street scene, Jaffa (Joppa) rocks in a storm, panorama of Jerusalem, row of olive trees, and in Jerusalem: a pack train outside Damascus Gate, city walls, David Street, Dome of the Rock, Via Dolorosa, arched street in Old City, and a monk reading book in Garden of Gethsemane. (p. 35-73) Photographs include: Portrait of an "Arab Jew from Yemen," Ramallah peasant spinning wool, Ramallah woman in embroidered costume, village carpenter making plows, Bedouin man, shepherd with rod and staff, shepherd going before his flock, workers reaping barley harvest, reapers eating, camel caravan on Mt. of Olives, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, sunset by the ravine of the River Arnon, sheep grazing in Jordan Valley, and rough sea at Jaffa.

Part of: Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-18417 (digital files of original photos) LC-DIG-ppmsca-18416 (digital files of album pages)

Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

Access Advisory: For reference access, please use the digital images in the online catalog to preserve the fragile original items. Call Number: LOT 13846 (H) (USE DIGITAL IMAGES) [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA


* Photographs were created by the photographers of the American Colony Photo Department, located in Jerusalem. Founded in the late 1890s by Elijah Meyers, the photo agency was headed during its heyday (ca. 1903-1933) by Lewis Larsson, whose staff photographers included Erik Lind, Lars Lind, Furman Baldwin, and G. Eric Matson. It transitioned into the Matson Photo Service around 1940, with photography by Matson, Hanna Safieh, Joseph H. Giries, and others. John D. Whiting contributed periodically to the work of both agencies. For more information see: and
* Photographs in album are uncaptioned. Captions based on similar images in the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.
* Most of the photographs are hand-colored.
* Blind stamp in bottom right corner on most photographs: American Colony, Jerusalem.
* Inscription on first page of album: "To our precious Mother with love from all her children, Christmas, 1919." "Mother" is probably Anna Spafford, leader of the American Colony.
* LOT title devised by Library staff.
* Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Verso of each page is blank.
* John D. Whiting's diaries, correspondence, and other materials are located in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division (Papers of John D. Whiting).
* Forms part of: Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting.
* Transfer; Manuscript Division; 2006; (DLC/PP-2006:051:30)

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