Photograph Album of Forty-nine Silver Gelatin Prints of Images of Prewar Kurdistan, Iraq and Jerusalem by a Royal Air Force Officer 1934 – 1936.
An album of 24 leaves, 18 cm x 24.5 cm leaf size, with prints varying in sizes, 11 cm x 15.5 cm, 15.5 cm x 19.5 cm, 15 cm x 20.5 cm, 9 cm x 14 cm (3). A well-made album from Schäffel in very good condition, with tissueguards, the vintage images are all in fine condition. Only a few of the silver gelatin images show signs of solarization on their edges.
There are seven images of Baghdad, among them “New Street”; St. George’s Church”; “New Rafisan Hotel.” Also, numerous images taken in Kurdistan at the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) Summer Training Camp at Ser Armadia, a few images of the fellow officers of the young man who took these pictures, known only to us from an inscription dated 1936 on the inside front cover as “Jim.” Several of these images record the championships captured by C Squadron, as well as the personnel of the Iraq Rifle Command VIII (1935). Also, the personnel of the Airport Depot Military Band and the Depot Dance band (1935) are recorded. There are some photographs of the tribal people in their native dress.
The images of prewar Jerusalem under the British Mandate are striking. Included are images of the Wailing Wall, the Damascus Gate, the Via Dolorosa, the Mount of Olives, and a view from the top of the Mount of Olives towards the wilderness.