The Library of Congress has recently digitalized a collection of over 10,000
photographs, taken by the "American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian
utopians who lived in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers
returned to the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of
Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to
Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and the
building of Tel Aviv.
Reviewing the historic photos of Jerusalem in the George Eastman House Museum,
we came across this wonderful 110 year old picture taken by a French
photographer, Charles Chusseau-Flaviens.
From their dress, we presume it is a
Sabbath or Jewish holiday, and some of the shops are shuttered in mid-day. Their
walking in the middle of the street suggests that they're in a Jewish
neighborhood and are not worried about carriages or horses. And they're walking
down an incline.
The challenge: Can anyone locate these buildings in Jerusalem today? Over the
course of 100 years buildings have been torn down, second stories added, and
Thanks to Google's Street View program, we
offer the possibility that the building is this shop with the distinctive
rounded window and the two story building behind it with the unusual stonework
on the edge of the walls.
More photos can be viewed at www.israeldailypicture.com