Purchase of Christian captives from the Barbary States

Monks paying to pirates to buy and free Christian captives. This is a 17th Century illustration and the author is unknown. It was used a cover image on Wolfgang Kaiser's "Le Commerce des Captifs"

During the 17th century, Barbary pirates and English pirates were in a collaboration against Catholic shipping around Mediterranean.

Monks paying to pirates to buy Christian slaves

First FA Cup Winner Team - First FA Cup Final Winners

FA Cup is one of the most popular football competitions in the world. And the first final was played on 16 March 1872 at Kennington Oval in London, between Wanderers and Royal Engineers. There were 2,000 football fans around the pitch to watch the game live. Wanderers won the match 1 - 0. The winning Wanderers team received the trophy at a special reception at the Pall Mall Restaurant.
This is the only photograph of The Royal Engineers pictured in 1872. Back: Merriman, Ord, Marindin, Addison, Mitchell; Front: Hoskyns, Renny-Tailyour, Creswell, Goodwyn, Barker, Rich.

First FA Cup Final Winner and Teams

The Hedjaz Railway Map - Hejaz Train Line From Damascus to Medina

Arabic Map of Hejaz Railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, through the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa . Hedjaz Train Line was a part of the Ottoman railway network and was built to extend the line from the Istanbul beyond Damascus to the holy city of Mecca.

Opened in 1908
Track length: 1,320 km (820 mi)

Hejaz Railway Line From Damascus to Medina

British Lion and Russian Bear of The Great Game

British Empire and Russian Empire were trying to control Central Asia and Afghanistan  was one of the most important places of this conflict.  This cartoon by Sir John Tenniel ( English illustrator, graphic humourist and political cartoonist ) tells us about the situation of the local rulers during "The Great Game" years. Here we see the Afghan Emir Sheikh Ali Khan with his "friends" Russia and Great Britain.

It was published in Punch magazine, 30 November, 1878

British Lion and Russian Bear of The Great Game

What did Swami Vivekananda Teach Us?

Those who have been interested in yoga for a while or longer already knew about this name.

"Swami Vivekananda" was in India and lived between 1863-1902. He was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.

Swami Vivekananda and Yoga


Budhagupta was a Gupta emperor. He had close ties with the rulers of Kannauj kingdom and together they sought to rule the Huns out of the fertile plains of Northern India.

This is a replica of Buddhagupta stone ( the original one was found in Seberang Perai, Malaysia and is kept in the National Museum, Calcutta, India ) on display at the National History Museum, Kuala Lumpur. The inscription refers to the reign of Budhagupta and it is dated A.D. 484-485.

Original Buddhagupta stone

Rosario Central Old Photo 1951

Rosario Central, Argentinan Football Club, The Champions of Primera B, 1951

 Source : El Gráfico magazine
Rosario Central Old Photo 1951

Cumhuriyet'in ilk kadın vekilleri. İsimleri ve seçildikleri bölgeler

Mebrure Gönenç (Afyonkarahisar), Hatı Çırpan (Satı Kadın - Ankara ), Türkan Örs Baştuğ (Antalya), Sabiha Gökçül Erbay (Balıkesir ), Şekibe İnsel (Bursa), Hatice Özgener (Çankırı), Huriye Öniz Baha (Diyarbakır), Fatma Memik (Edirne), Nakiye Elgün (Erzurum ), Fakihe Öymen (İstanbul), Ferruh Güpgüp (Kayseri ), Bahire Bediş Morova Aydilek (Konya), Mihri Bektaş (Malatya), Meliha Ulaş (Samsun), Esma Nayman (Seyhan), Sabiha Görkey (Sivas ), Seniha Hızal (Trabzon ), Benal Nevzad İstar Arıman (İzmir )

Cumhuriyet'in ilk kadın vekilleri

Tunisian Berber Girl With Tattoo and Traditional Jewellery

A beautiful portrait of a young Berber woman from Tunisa. This photo was taken in 1905 by Rudolf Franz Lehnert. It clearly shows the traditional tattoos and jewellery of young Berber women of North Africa in early 1900s.

A beautiful portrait of a young Berber woman from Tunisa

Chilean Women prepare soup to feed the unemployed

Community soup kitchens, Santiago, Chile, 1932
A photograph that tells us a lot about "The Great Depression in Chile" that begun 1929 was felt strongly from 1930 to 1932.  ( Photographer is unknown, it was published by Zig-Zag editorial, Santiago )
Chilean Women Working in Community Kitchen during The Great Depression in Chile

Map of Southeastern Europe around 950 AD

States and Empires in Southeastern Europe and Balkan Nations 950 A.D.

Magyars, Serbs, Croats, Bulgarian Empire, Pechenegs, Byzantine Empire, Kingdom of Italy and Roman Empire.
Magyars, Serbs, Croats, Bulgarian Empire, Pechenegs, Byzantine Empire, Kingdom of Italy and Roman Empire

Nunivak Children - Native Children of The Bering Sea

Nunivak Children, 1930
Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, 1930.

Native Children of The Bering Sea

Ethnic Groups in Sierra Leone

Map of Ethnic Peoples of Sierra Leone.
There are about sixteen ethnic groups in Sierra Leone. Membership of an ethnic group often overlaps with a shared religious identity.

As you see on the map, these are; Creole, Sherbro, Limba, Kono, Koranko, Mende, Temne, Susu and other tribes.
Map of Ethnic Peoples of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Map 1913

A detailed historic map of Sierra Leone, 1913.
Repuplic of Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa. In 1913 it was a British colony.
Sierra Leone Historic Map
Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries

Ottomans - Mamluks - Timurid 1405

Map of the most powerful Turkic Empires in 13th Century.
In 1405, Ottoman Turks in Minor Asia, Anatolia and Balkans. Mamluk Sultanate in Middle East, Egypt and North Africa Timurid Empire in Iran, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Mesopotamia and much of Central Asia.

The Most Powerful Turco Empires
Source: Silk Road Seattle, UW

Ancient Map of The Middle East 1450 B.C - The Orient about 1450 B.C

Who were living in Middle East 2,500 years ago?

An interesting historical map that shows us how the Orient looked like in very ancient times.
Egypt Empire, Babylonia, Assyria, Phoenician settlements, Mycenean civilisation.

Ancient Map of The Middle East
Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries

Early Photographs of the Middle East

A collection of photographs from Cairo to Constantinople.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Friday, 7 November 2014 to Sunday, 22 February 2015
More info: royalcollection.org.uk

This exhibition follows the journey taken by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1862, as he undertook a four month tour around the Middle East.

Seen through the photographs of Francis Bedford (1815-94), the first photographer to travel on a royal tour, it explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today.
The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece where he met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and travelled in a manner not associated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents.

On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that has hitherto been placed before the public’.

Norway 1890 - Village Girls Harvesting Oats

This photograph was taken in Jølster, Norway 130 years ago. A beautiful black & white photograph of Axel Lindahl, a Swedish photographer, tells us alot about how Norwegian village girls looked like in the end of 1800's. Oat was one of the most important food for Scandinavian peoples. And the farmers were harvesting it by hand. See: Women in Fiji 1935

Havreskjering på Fossheim i Jølster -  Axel Lindahl/Norwegian Museum of Cultural History)
Norwegian Village Girls Harvesting Oats
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