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Photographs of Jerusalem and the Middle East


Photographs of Jerusalem and the Middle East



Photographs show locations in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Also shown are Bedouins and other indigenous people.
(p. 1-20) Photographs include: arched street from Damascus Gate, Cotton Market street, rabbi with scroll and phylacteries, Dome of the Rock, and Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, a bust of a Bedouin, Bedouin woman, woman spinning wool, around the Dead Sea (Bahr Lut) including gateway and entrance to cave Jebel Usdum, salt stalactites in cave of Jebel Usdum, submerged forest at Chor el Mazraa, and gorge of the Arnon.
(p. 21-35) Photographs include: Temple of el-Khazneh, mountains, high place altar, tomb, and Ed-Deir from the northwest, Petra (Jordan); Temple of the Sun, Temple of Bacchus, and detail of cornice at Ba'labakk (Lebanon); cedars in Lebanon, Hama (Syria), and waterwheel on Orontes River.
(p. 36-49) Photographs include: castle in Aleppo (Syria), House of Naaman (Damascus), waterwheel at Hama (Syria), street in town (Syria), sarcophagus, Serai, Syria; caravan in the heart of the desert of el-Ka'a, oasis in Wady Feiran (Rephidim), Ras Safsaf (Mt. Sinai), monastery of St. Catherine, ancient method of entering monastery, looking northeast from Jebel Mousa, Wady Isleh, and Grand Canyon in Sinai, Egypt.
(p. 50-70) Photographs include: Workers reaping barley harvest and eating, woman sifting wheat, man measuring wheat, Ramallah woman in embroidered costume, Arab girl from Ramallah, woman wearing dowry necklace, woman of Nazareth, sheep and shepherds, and Anna Spafford in American Colony courtyard, Jerusalem.
Most photographs in album printed from negatives made approximately 1900 to 1914.
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
Some photographs are hand-colored.
Blind stamp in bottom right or left corner on some photographs: American Colony, Jerusalem.
Stamped on front cover of album: J.D.W. [John David Whiting].
Captions based on similar images in the G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.
LOT title devised by Library staff.
Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 1, 2 and verso of each page are 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-2006:051:31).

American Colony, a non-denominational utopian Christian community was founded by a small group of American expatriates in Ottoman Palestine in 1881. The collection is a gift to the Library of Congress from the board of directors of the American Colony of Jerusalem, Ltd., which is made up of American, British, and Swedish descendants of the early colonists. The materials in the collection were initially retained by Bertha Vester in connection with her writing of the memoir Our Jerusalem (1950), and later by her daughter-in-law Valentine Vester and others at the American Colony Hotel. The collection focuses on the personal and business life of the colony from the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, through World War I and the British Mandate, and into the formation of the state of Israel. The bulk of the materials dates from 1870 to 1968 and relates to the leadership of the colony by members of the Spafford, Vester, and Whiting families. Photographs show members of the American Colony, a Christian community in Jerusalem founded by immigrants from the United States and Sweden. Includes photographs of American Colony leader Anna Spafford, her daughters Bertha (Spafford) Vester and Grace (Spafford) Whiting, Frederick Vester (husband of Bertha), John D. Whiting (husband of Grace), and her grandchildren (Anna Grace, Horatio, Tanetta and John (Jock) Vester, and Spafford and David (Whiting). Primarily portraits and photographs of the grandchildren as they take part in various activities, such as playing at the beach, participating in a July 4th pageant, having tea, celebrating first birthday, riding on a donkey, playing musical instruments, playing in garden and snow. Also includes a photograph of the American Colony store with Frederick Vester. Album page image number 1-12 (inside front cover-p. 11) Photographs include: a family portrait of Whiting and Vester families: Standing left to right: Jacob Spafford, Grace and John Whiting, Frederick and Anna Grace Vester; seated: Anna Spafford holding John (Jock) Vester?, Horatio Vester, Bertha Vester holding unidentified baby; floor: Tenetta Vester, Spafford and David Whiting. Grace Whiting holding Spafford, Anna Spafford holding David?; Jock and David in baby carriage, baby and toddler portraits, child playing outside with nurse, Spafford? celebrating first birthday, July 22, 1911; donkey ride, tea time, July 22, 1912; Spafford playing in leaves, feeding a horse and playing with water faucet, July 1911; family outing, portrait of Vester children, bath time for Spafford, and Vester children playing at the beach. Album page image number 13-26 (p. 12-25) Photographs include: Whiting family portrait (Grace, Spafford, John D.) 1911, Vester family portrait (Frederick, Anna Grace, Bertha), Bertha with Anna Grace on her back, Vester children playing in the garden and playing musical instruments with friends, Jock Vester and David Whiting feeding a turkey, Spafford Whiting in a baby carriage, Vester children pose with friends, Yates family, great grandmother Mary Whiting holding Spafford, children playing in the snow, Jacob Spafford? with child, Granny Hornstein, Selim Barakat, Vester children with Spafford, children with umbrellas, children on sled, woman and little girl standing outside, Anna Grace sitting with Tanetta and Horatio?, girls playing with dog, July 4th pageant (little boys lined up holding toy rifles), American Colony store with Frederick Vester standing out front, unidentified child with Spafford? and David? sitting in the grass, unidentified woman in Arab dress holding a child, Grace Whiting having tea with women, John D. Whiting and child riding on a donkey, David playing with plants, Whiting and Vester families at Ein Karem, David Whiting, and Spafford Whiting playing with hammer and wooden crates.





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