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Diary in photos, vol. III, 1938


Diary in photos, vol. III, 1938



Photographs show John D. Whiting's trips around the Middle East region from January 4th to June 26th, 1938. Whiting, a member of the American Colony in Jerusalem, worked as a tour guide, businessman, writer and photographer. Photographs include locations in Palestine (present day Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip), Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. People depicted include Grace Whiting and travelers and visitors to the region.
Album page image number 1-12 (p. 4-15): Trip with the Bowens showing a well and tribal court in Beersheba, a Gaza minaret, Askalon (Ashḳelon), a car stuck on the road to Caesarea, a Roman cemetery in Samaria, an aqueduct near Rachael's Tomb, Mt. Hermon, the ruins of Balabek (Baʻlabakk) including the Temple of Jupiter, and palm gardens (Jerusalem?) in the snow. Also shown is Grace Whiting in a garden, probably in Jerusalem.
Album page image number 13-25 (p. 16-27): Tel-Aviv and surroundings including the headquarters of the Labour party, the Mugrabi Cinema and double decker bus, Hadassah Hospital, girls from agricultural school picking oranges, Arabs picking and packing oranges, and Tel Aviv harbor; Arab metal workers in Nazareth, and fishermen at the Sea of Galilee.
Album page image number 26-41 (p. 28-43): Trip to Sinai and Petra with the Suggs family including portraits of Bedouin guides and women, Wady Feiran, Aqaba, and Petra tombs.
Album page image number 42-53 (p. 44-55): Trip to Palmyra including the Iraq Petroleum Company pipeline in Affule (Afulah) on fire, reception at the Palmyra aerodrome, camel races, women watching the camel races, French Desert Patrol officers, and a Bedouin wedding staged by Gypsies (Romanies).
Album page image number 54-63 (p. 56-65): Trip to Petra including Wadi ez Zerka, ruins of Gerasa, Bedouins on the road, tombs and Roman theater in Petra, the crusader castle of Shobek, and Amman, Jordan.
Album page image number 64-76 (p. 66-78): Trip to Syria with Miss Sugg including El Azrak (Jordan), "Hauran girls" and women near Ezra (Ezraa), ruins of Greek Orthodox churches at Ezraa, Druse (Druze) mountains, a theater and ruins in Shuhba (Shahbā or Philippopolis), Druze orthodox school in el Kanawat, and Arab castle in Salkhad.
Album page image number 77-85 (p. 79-88): Trip to Syria continued: Gate decorated for circumcision ceremony, ruins, and mosques in Bosra-Eski-Sham (Buṣrá al-Shām); a basket market in Damascus, the Christian village of Maʻlūlā and desert patrol in Palmyra riding through ruins for Miss Sugg's filming.
Album page image number 86-100 (p. 89-97): Trip to Syria continued: Masyaf castle, waterwheel in Hama (Hamah), beehive village between Hama (Ḥamāh) and Aleppo, the citadel and mosques in Aleppo, Roman tomb in Dana, pottery in Latakia and Alouite (Alawite or Nosairian) women and children in fields. Also shown are the Cedars in Lebanon, junior Hadassah girls farming near Zichron Yaacob ( Zikhron Yaʻaḳov), school lunch at Pardess-Hanna, a street in Tel-Aviv, and "Sheikh of the Sidon mariners."
Arrangement: Photographs arranged chronologically.
LOT title from album and caption list.
Most of the photographs were taken by John D. Whiting. G. Eric Matson and others may have also taken some of the photographs. Matson, Whiting, Hanna Safieh, Joseph H. Giries, and others contributed to the work of the Matson Photo Service, the successor to the American Colony Photo Department (1898-1940). For more information about the American Colony Photo Department and the Matson Photo Service see: For more information about the John D. Whiting Collection see:
Album has parchment (vellum) bound cover. Handwritten on spine: Photos, Vol. III, 1938, Whiting.
Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 1-4, and 105-110 are blank.
Captions for photographs found in list: Diary in photos, Vol, III, January 4th to June 26th, 1938, included with album. Some additional caption information found in: Film catalogue, No. 1, [1934-1938]. Copy in John D. Whiting Supplementary Archive, Box 2.
John D. Whiting's diaries, correspondence, and other materials are located in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division (Papers of John D. Whiting).
Forms part of: Visual materials from the papers of John D. Whiting (Library of Congress).
Transfer; LC Manuscript Division; 2006; (DLC/PP-2006:051:42).

American Colony, a non-denominational utopian Christian community was founded by a small group of American expatriates in Ottoman Palestine in 1881. The collection is a gift to the Library of Congress from the board of directors of the American Colony of Jerusalem, Ltd., which is made up of American, British, and Swedish descendants of the early colonists. The materials in the collection were initially retained by Bertha Vester in connection with her writing of the memoir Our Jerusalem (1950), and later by her daughter-in-law Valentine Vester and others at the American Colony Hotel. The collection focuses on the personal and business life of the colony from the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, through World War I and the British Mandate, and into the formation of the state of Israel. The bulk of the materials dates from 1870 to 1968 and relates to the leadership of the colony by members of the Spafford, Vester, and Whiting families. Photographs show members of the American Colony, a Christian community in Jerusalem founded by immigrants from the United States and Sweden. Includes photographs of American Colony leader Anna Spafford, her daughters Bertha (Spafford) Vester and Grace (Spafford) Whiting, Frederick Vester (husband of Bertha), John D. Whiting (husband of Grace), and her grandchildren (Anna Grace, Horatio, Tanetta and John (Jock) Vester, and Spafford and David (Whiting). Primarily portraits and photographs of the grandchildren as they take part in various activities, such as playing at the beach, participating in a July 4th pageant, having tea, celebrating first birthday, riding on a donkey, playing musical instruments, playing in garden and snow. Also includes a photograph of the American Colony store with Frederick Vester. Album page image number 1-12 (inside front cover-p. 11) Photographs include: a family portrait of Whiting and Vester families: Standing left to right: Jacob Spafford, Grace and John Whiting, Frederick and Anna Grace Vester; seated: Anna Spafford holding John (Jock) Vester?, Horatio Vester, Bertha Vester holding unidentified baby; floor: Tenetta Vester, Spafford and David Whiting. Grace Whiting holding Spafford, Anna Spafford holding David?; Jock and David in baby carriage, baby and toddler portraits, child playing outside with nurse, Spafford? celebrating first birthday, July 22, 1911; donkey ride, tea time, July 22, 1912; Spafford playing in leaves, feeding a horse and playing with water faucet, July 1911; family outing, portrait of Vester children, bath time for Spafford, and Vester children playing at the beach. Album page image number 13-26 (p. 12-25) Photographs include: Whiting family portrait (Grace, Spafford, John D.) 1911, Vester family portrait (Frederick, Anna Grace, Bertha), Bertha with Anna Grace on her back, Vester children playing in the garden and playing musical instruments with friends, Jock Vester and David Whiting feeding a turkey, Spafford Whiting in a baby carriage, Vester children pose with friends, Yates family, great grandmother Mary Whiting holding Spafford, children playing in the snow, Jacob Spafford? with child, Granny Hornstein, Selim Barakat, Vester children with Spafford, children with umbrellas, children on sled, woman and little girl standing outside, Anna Grace sitting with Tanetta and Horatio?, girls playing with dog, July 4th pageant (little boys lined up holding toy rifles), American Colony store with Frederick Vester standing out front, unidentified child with Spafford? and David? sitting in the grass, unidentified woman in Arab dress holding a child, Grace Whiting having tea with women, John D. Whiting and child riding on a donkey, David playing with plants, Whiting and Vester families at Ein Karem, David Whiting, and Spafford Whiting playing with hammer and wooden crates.





Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951, photographer
Matson, G. Eric (Gästgifvar Eric), 1888-1977, photographer


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