Digital photo collection of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II at the US Library of Congress

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on July 1st, 2010 in General

Jenny Krieg just send me the link to this amazing photo collection. Here is the intro text, from the website of the US library of Congress:

“This monumental collection portrays the Ottoman Empire during the reign of one of its last sultans, Abdul-Hamid II. The 1,819 photographs in 51 large-format albums date from about 1880 to 1893. They highlight the modernization of numerous aspects of the Ottoman Empire, featuring images of educational facilities and students; well-equipped army and navy personnel and facilities; technologically advanced lifesaving and fire fighting brigades; factories; mines; harbors; hospitals; and government buildings. Most of the places depicted are within the boundaries of modern-day Turkey, but buildings and sites in Iraq, Lebanon, Greece and other countries are also included.”

When you check the link out, try the keyword “horses” in the search box and see what that yields.. Below is one of the photos from this search:

4 Responses to “Digital photo collection of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II at the US Library of Congress”

  1. Oh my goodness! What a treasure trove of fantastic photos!

    Thanks to you and Jenny for sharing. RLw

  2. Did you notice the Turkoman stallion, Robin?

  3. In my opinion this stallion is different than the ones we saw in the Akhal Teke site.except maybe for the “long back” that they share.
    He could be one of these “Argamaks”
    full of Arab blood
    or one of these Turcoman “Tchoukour Ova” horses mentionned by Damoiseau that he saw in the outskirts of Aleppo.

    On the other hand this horse is as per the Turkish photo “Alezan Dore Turcoman” is Alezan dore mean “Reddish”?

  4. Yes I did! I did’t get a chance to look to far into the collection, but noticed that one right away. There are some great photos there.

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