Magic Lantern Slide: Ashar Creek and Bazaar

This slide by Alfred Oliver Rowden shows the Ashar Creek and Bazaar in Basra, Iraq. The creek was the port for Ashar, with the cargo of larger ships being brought here on smaller boats. There are at least three different varieties of boats in the creek, including ‘bellam’ canoe-like boats. The bazaar was a central location where locals and soldiers congregated. Both the creek and bazaar were photographed quite frequently in the early twentieth century. Rowden was in Mesopotamia during the First World War and was not sent home until 1919 or 1920.
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Lantern Slide: Ashar Creek and Bazaar
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Magic Lantern Slide: Ashar Creek and Bazaar
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United Kingdom
glass; paper; photographic emulsion
Period Classification
World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
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Social and industrial history
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handwritten 'M 6' on top edge; handwritten 'Ashar Creek + Bazaar / Neg. 6' on masking strips
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whole width 83 mm; whole H 83 mm; whole TH 2.5 mm
Created At
2017-03-06 11:49:39
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:50

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