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Lebanon. Bshirre and road to Cedars

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Lebanon. Bshirre and road to Cedars

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Photograph showing road on a Lebanese mountainside, a village on mountain in the distance.
Title from: "Photographic subjects of Bible Lands" P-series negative list.
The American Colony Stores, Jerusalem.
On verso: American Colony Photo Cards, copyrighted.
P-290.
Forms part of: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

The G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection is a source of historical images of the Middle East. The majority of the images depict Palestine (present-day Israel and the West Bank) from 1898 to 1946. Most of the Library of Congress collection consists of over 23,000 glass and film photographic negatives and transparencies created by the American Colony Photo Department and its successor firm, the Matson Photo Service. The American Colony Photo Department in Jerusalem was one of several photo services operating in the Middle East before 1900. Catering primarily to the tourist trade, the American Colony and its competitors photographed holy sites, often including costumed actors recreating Biblical scenes. The firm’s photographers were residents of Palestine with knowledge of the land and people that gave them an advantage and made their coverage intimate and comprehensive. They documented Middle East culture, history, and political events from before World War I through the collapse of Ottoman rule, the British Mandate period, World War II, and the emergence of the State of Israel. The Matson Collection also includes images of people and locations in present-day Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Turkey. Additionally, the firm produced photographs from an East African trip. The collection came to the Library of Congress between 1966 and 1981, through a series of gifts made by Eric Matson and his beneficiary, the Home for the Aged of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Los Angeles (now called the Kensington Episcopal Home).

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Date

01/01/1900
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Contributors

American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Department, photographer
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Location

Judaydah (Lebanon)79.56500, 54.59278
Google Map of 79.565, 54.59277777777778
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Library of Congress
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