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October 14, 2019

Fascinating Found Snaps Capture Street Scenes of the Middle East in the Early 1950s

The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey (both Asian and European), and Egypt (which is mostly in North Africa). Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest Middle Eastern nation while Bahrain is the smallest.

Arabs, Turks, Persians, Kurds, and Azeris (excluding Azerbaijan) constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population. Arabs constitute the largest ethnic group in the region by a clear margin.

The Middle East generally has a hot, arid climate, with several major rivers providing irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas such as the Nile Delta in Egypt, the Tigris and Euphrates watersheds of Mesopotamia, and most of what is known as the Fertile Crescent.

Most of the countries that border the Persian Gulf have vast reserves of crude oil, with monarchs of the Arabian Peninsula in particular benefiting economically from petroleum exports.

These fascinating photos from Found Slides that captured street scenes of the Middle East in 1952.

Egypt. Nile at Cairo

Egypt. Cairo, conversation beads

Egypt. Cairo, large and small pyramids

Israel. Jerusalem, Chain St

Israel. Jerusalem, Damascus Gate Street

Israel. Jerusalem, Damascus Gate

Israel. Jerusalem, EcceHomo Arch-Old City

Israel. Jerusalem, Entrance of Church of Holy Sepulchre

Israel. Jerusalem, Mosque Al Aksa and Abolution Fount-Moslems wash before prayer

Israel. Jerusalem, shoeshine

Israel. Jerusalem, St of David

Israel. Jerusalem, street scene including Habla Bable Smoker

Israel. Jerusalem, well at Mosk

Jordan. Baptismal rites at river 

Lebanon. Baalbek, meat market scene

Lebanon. Baalbek, street and market scene

Lebanon. Beirut street scene

Lebanon. Beirut, harbor from hotel

Lebanon. Beirut, Main St & Sq

Lebanon. Beirut, streetcars

Lebanon. Street of Old Beirut

Palestine. Bethlehem, Tomb of Rachel

Sheep Becca Valley on way to Baalbek 55 miles

Syria. Damascus, Arch of Triumph at Old Mosque

Syria. Damascus, Blvd New Section

Syria. Damascus, Hawadin Hamedieh Bazaar

Syria. Damascus, Main Street

Syria. Damascus, Street Called Straight

Syria. Damascus, The Great Mosque-Tomb of John the Baptist

Syria. Old Damascus

Syria. Old Damascus


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