Trip to Cappadocia, 1935, vol. I
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Photographs taken during a trip by John D. Whiting and G. Eric Matson to the Cappadocia region of Turkey in October and November of 1935, on the request of the National Geographic Society. Whiting, a member of the American Colony in Jerusalem, worked as a tour guide, businessman, writer, and photographer. Photographs show the locations of Ürgüp, Gueureme (Göreme), Golkundra, Metchan (Maçan/Avcılar), Oudj Hisar (Üçhisar), Nevshehir (Nevşehir), and Qeledjlar (Kılıçlar). Depicted are the volcanic rock landscape, cave churches, homes, monasteries, frescoes, local people, and towns. Also shown are locations on the way to Cappadocia including Crusader castles and Lattaquie (Latakia) in Syria and locations in Turkey including Antioch (Antakya), Daphne, Adana, the Taurus Mountains, Talas, Niğde, and Kayseri.
Album page image number 1 to 21 (p. 1-23): Photographs including: fresco of King David in the Elmalı church in Göreme, crusader castles including Tartus, Margab, and Sahyun in Syria; fountain near Ordu (Yayladağı), trees and flute-maker at Daphne, views of Antioch (Antakya); roads, peasants, valley below Pozantı (Bozanti), and camel caravans in the Taurus Mountains, and a view of Niğde.
Album page image number 22 to 37 (p. 24-40): Photographs including: Mt. Erciyas, Talas, Selcuk buildings in Kayseri, volcanic cones and town of Ürgüp; Eric Matson, John Whiting, and Dr. Fevzi Osman in coffee house in Ürgüp; a woman farmer, Matson photographing near Göreme, the road to Göreme, Kız Kilise and other churches in Göreme.
Album page image number 38 to 51 (p. 41-54): Photographs including: frescoes in the Tokalı church, Elmalı church, Church of St. Barbara, refectory table, rolling stone door, frescoes in the Analipsis church and other churches in Göreme.
Album page image number 52 to 70 (p. 55-72): Photographs including: volcanic cones at Golkundra; inhabited cones, mosque, school, and new municipality building at Metchan (Maçan/Avcılar), a wine press in the Metchan valley, fountain in Oudj Hisar (Üçhisar), cemetery in Nevşehir, frescoes in church, volcanic cones, and churches made into pigeon houses in the Qeledjlar (Kılıçlar) ridge and valley, and a bride showing her dowry in Metchan.
LOT title from album and caption list.
Most of the photographs were taken by John D. Whiting and G. Eric Matson. 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 (1898-1934). For more information about the American Colony Photo Department and the Matson Photo Service see: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.matpc. For more information about the John D. Whiting Collection see: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/629_whiting.html
Album has parchment (vellum) bound cover. Handwritten on spine: Cappadocia, 1935, Vol. I, Whiting.
Album unpaginated, album page numbers supplied by Library staff. Pages 1, 3, and 4 are blank.
Album similar in format to "Diary in Photos" albums (LOT 13836, LOTs 13839-13842).
Captions for photographs found in list: Trip to Cappadocia, 1935, included with album. Some additional caption information also found in: Film catalogue, No. 1, [1934-1938]. Copy in John D. Whiting Supplementary Archive, Box 2.
Some photographs published in: Where early Christians lived in rock caverns, John D. Whiting and Cones of Cappadocia, Eric Matson, the National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 76, Dec. 1939, pp. 763-802.
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; Manuscript Division; 2006; (DLC/PP-2006:051:37).
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 were taken during a trip by John D. Whiting and G. Eric Matson to the Cappadocia region of Turkey in October and November of 1935, on the request of the National Geographic Society. Whiting, a member of the American Colony in Jerusalem, worked as a tour guide, businessman, writer, and photographer. Photographs show the locations of Gueureme (Göreme), Metchan (Maçan/Avcılar), Tchaouch In (Çavuşin), Gula Deri (Güllü Dere), Pasha Baja (Paşabağ) Valley, Zilve (Zelve), Soghanli Deri (Soğanlı Dere), and Dalarat. Depicted are the volcanic rock landscape, cave churches, homes, and other facilities; frescoes, local people, and towns. Also shown are Kayseri, Ankara, the Taurus Mountains and Beilan (Belen) in Turkey, and Byzantine ruins in Syria. Album page image number 1-16 (p. 1-23): Photographs including: A fresco of King Solomon in Elmalı church, Guereme (Göreme); volcanic cones in Metchan (Maçan/Avcılar), dovecotes and road in Gula Deri (Güllü Dere); street, "burghul" mill, rock rooms, and Matson photographing in Tchaouch In (Çavuşin); volcanic cone homes, triple top volcanic cone, chapel and tomb of St. Simon, church and Mrs Smith coming down a shaft in Pasha Baja (Pasabağ) valley. Album page image number 17-44 (p. 24-45): Photographs including: Cliffs, interior of volcanic cone home, stairway to home, mosque, and stable at Zilve (Zelve); lava spikes at Dalarat; cliffs, ox carts, pigeon houses, monasteries, frescoes, Church of St. Barabara, and mayor and son at home in Soghanli Deri (Soğanlı Dere). Album page image number 45-58 (p. 46-59): Photographs taken from Nov. 20-24 during the trip back to Jerusalem including: Bulgar Dağ, the Taurus Mountains, the Cilician Gates pass, photographers' car stuck in mud and being freed by water buffalo, "Snake Castle" (Yilan Kale) and a well near Adana (Turkey), village of Beilan (Turkey), a Bedouin camp in the Byzantine ruins of Deir el Banat, Byzantine monastery ruins near the Turkish border, Greek and Latin inscriptions, Byzantine road and ruins near Bab el Hawa (Syria). Album page image number 59-67 (p. 60-68): Photographs including: Atatürk statue near Kayseri, government buildings, Atatürk statue, railroad station, and the Roman Temple of Augustus in Ankara (Nov. 4-5, 1935); Dr. and Mrs. Nute and Maryle at the Talas Mission, Mrs. Smith in a wine cellar at Pasha Baja (Pasabağ) and Mrs. Smith wearing "Turkish national costume."