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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

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The Turkish Castle: 1935

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The Turkish Castle: 1935

Circa 1935. "Palmyra (Tadmur, Syria). The Turkish castle. Kala'at Ibn Na'an." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Holey Water: 1940

Holey Water: 1940

British Mandate Palestine circa 1940. "Solomon's Pools becomes a picnic & swimming resort. Taking a dive into the deep water of the upper pool." Another glimpse of the young lady seen here sans moth holes. Nitrate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Natatorium: 1938

Natatorium: 1938

British Mandate Palestine circa 1938. "Jerusalem Y.M.C.A. activities. Swimming pool on boys' day." Medium-format nitrate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Bat Galim Babes: 1940

Bat Galim Babes: 1940

Haifa, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1940. "Swimming pool at the Casino, Bat Galim neighborhood." Medium-format acetate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Solomon's Pools: 1940

Solomon's Pools: 1940

British Mandate Palestine circa 1940. "Solomon's Pools become a picnic & swimming resort. Watching bathers at the upper pool." Nitrate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Tots of Tripoli: 1946

Tots of Tripoli: 1946

March 1946. "Tripoli, Lebanon. American Mission Girls' School, the kindergarten in class." Medium format acetate negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Boys Gym: 1939

Boys Gym: 1939

British Mandate Palestine, August 1939. "Jerusalem Y.M.C.A. activities. Gymnasium, boys' drill." American Colony/Matson photo. View full size.

 
 
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