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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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