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Trip to Cappadocia, 1935, vol. II

Trip to Cappadocia, 1935, vol. II



LOT title from album and caption list.
Most of the photographs were taken by John D. Whiting and G. Eric Matson. Matson, Whiting, Hanna Safieh, Joseph H. Giries, and others contributed to the work of the Matson Photo Service, the successor to the American Colony Photo Department (1898-1940). For more information about the American Colony Photo Department and the Matson Photo Service see: For more information about the John D. Whiting Collection see:
Album has parchment (vellum) bound cover. Handwritten on spine: Cappadocia, 1935, Vol. II, Whiting.
Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 1, 3, 4, 71, and 72 are blank.
Album similar in format to "Diary in Photos" albums (LOT 13836, LOTs 13839-13842).
Captions for photographs found in list: Trip to Cappadocia, Vol. II, 1935, included with album. Some additional caption information also found in: Film catalogue, No. 1, [1934-1938]. Copy in John D. Whiting Supplementary Archive, Box 2.
Some photographs published in: Where early Christians lived in rock caverns, John D. Whiting and Cones of Cappadocia, Eric Matson, the National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 76, Dec. 1939, pp. 763-802.
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 (Library of Congress).
Transfer; LC Manuscript Division; 2006; (DLC/PP-2006:051:38)

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.

Photographs were taken during a trip by John D. Whiting and G. Eric Matson to the Cappadocia region of Turkey in October and November of 1935, on the request of the National Geographic Society. Whiting, a member of the American Colony in Jerusalem, worked as a tour guide, businessman, writer, and photographer. Photographs show the locations of Gueureme (Göreme), Metchan (Maçan/Avcılar), Tchaouch In (Çavuşin), Gula Deri (Güllü Dere), Pasha Baja (Paşabağ) Valley, Zilve (Zelve), Soghanli Deri (Soğanlı Dere), and Dalarat. Depicted are the volcanic rock landscape, cave churches, homes, and other facilities; frescoes, local people, and towns. Also shown are Kayseri, Ankara, the Taurus Mountains and Beilan (Belen) in Turkey, and Byzantine ruins in Syria. Album page image number 1-16 (p. 1-23): Photographs including: A fresco of King Solomon in Elmalı church, Guereme (Göreme); volcanic cones in Metchan (Maçan/Avcılar), dovecotes and road in Gula Deri (Güllü Dere); street, "burghul" mill, rock rooms, and Matson photographing in Tchaouch In (Çavuşin); volcanic cone homes, triple top volcanic cone, chapel and tomb of St. Simon, church and Mrs Smith coming down a shaft in Pasha Baja (Pasabağ) valley. Album page image number 17-44 (p. 24-45): Photographs including: Cliffs, interior of volcanic cone home, stairway to home, mosque, and stable at Zilve (Zelve); lava spikes at Dalarat; cliffs, ox carts, pigeon houses, monasteries, frescoes, Church of St. Barabara, and mayor and son at home in Soghanli Deri (Soğanlı Dere). Album page image number 45-58 (p. 46-59): Photographs taken from Nov. 20-24 during the trip back to Jerusalem including: Bulgar Dağ, the Taurus Mountains, the Cilician Gates pass, photographers' car stuck in mud and being freed by water buffalo, "Snake Castle" (Yilan Kale) and a well near Adana (Turkey), village of Beilan (Turkey), a Bedouin camp in the Byzantine ruins of Deir el Banat, Byzantine monastery ruins near the Turkish border, Greek and Latin inscriptions, Byzantine road and ruins near Bab el Hawa (Syria). Album page image number 59-67 (p. 60-68): Photographs including: Atatürk statue near Kayseri, government buildings, Atatürk statue, railroad station, and the Roman Temple of Augustus in Ankara (Nov. 4-5, 1935); Dr. and Mrs. Nute and Maryle at the Talas Mission, Mrs. Smith in a wine cellar at Pasha Baja (Pasabağ) and Mrs. Smith wearing "Turkish national costume."





Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951, photographer
Matson, G. Eric (Gästgifvar Eric), 1888-1977, photographer


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