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Land of Israel in 19th century, in color
US Library of Congress presents fascinating collection of photos taken by American who toured country from 1890 to 1900
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
Syrian women preparing bread

 

Jordan River
Jordan River

 

Shepherds in Nebi Samuel
Shepherds in Nebi Samuel

 

Nazareth
Nazareth

 

Migdal
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

 

 

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