Magic Lantern Slide: Ashar Creek and Bazaar

This slide by Alfred Oliver Rowden shows the Ashar Creek and Bazaar in Basra. The creek was the port for Ashar, with the cargo of larger ships being brought here on smaller boats. The angle of this photograph shows the large numbers of boats using the creek. 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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Social and industrial history
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Magic Lantern Slide: Ashar Creek and Bazaar
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Lantern Slide: Ashar Creek and Bazaar
whole width 83 mm; whole H 83 mm; whole TH 2.5 mm
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World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
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United Kingdom
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glass; paper; photographic emulsion
Inscription / Transcription
handwritten 'M 8' on top edge; handwritten 'Ashar Creek + Bazaar. / [Pag].Rap. 8 H.Q.' on masking strips

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