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19th Century Israel, in Colour [PICS]

The US Library of Congress presents a fascinating collection of photos taken by American who toured country from 1890 to 1900

By: Ynet News
Published: December 5th, 2013 in News » Israel
19th century Jerusalem

Up until now, one could only read about what the Land of Israel looked like in the 19th century through the eyes of an American tourist, in Mark Twain's famous travel memoir The Innocents Abroad. Now, we have the opportunity to see it too through the lens of the camera of an American who toured the country from 1890 to 1900.

The United States Library of Congress has published this fascinating collection of photos documenting the country between the First Zionist Aliyah and the Second Aliyah.

The pictures were refurbished in the photochrom technique – in other words, black and white photos were colored. It's unclear who the photographer was and what he was doing in the Middle East. In addition to the Land of Israel, the series also includes pictures from Lebanon and Syria.

Fishing in Sea of Galilee

Fishing in Sea of Galilee

Jerusalem
Jerusalem


Damascus Gate
Damascus Gate


Jaffa Gate
Jaffa Gate


Afternoon rest in Galilee
Afternoon rest in Galilee


Market in Jerusalem
Market in Jerusalem


Bethany
Bethany


Photographer visited Beirut too
Photographer visited Beirut too



Syrian women preparing bread


Jordan River
Jordan River


Shepherds in Nebi Samuel
Shepherds in Nebi Samuel


Nazareth
Nazareth



Migdal


Bedouin encampment
Bedouin encampment


In Lebanon again: Baalbek temple
In Lebanon again: Baalbek temple


Jerusalem
Jerusalem


Laborers in Jerusalem
Laborers in Jerusalem


Pillars in ancient Samaria
Pillars in ancient Samaria


Bedouins with camels
Bedouins with camels


This story is reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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