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    Children, Jerusalem, circa 1912
    Hand-tinted silver gelatin, circa 1912
    11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm)
    State: sealed in original frame, blindstamped lower right American Colony, Jerusalem
    Photographs of Jerusalem from the early 20th century by The American Colony in Jerusalem Photograph Department.

    Similar images are in the collection of The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Appear to be quite rare. The Library of Congress held an exhibition of this material several years ago.

    More Information: The American Colony was an established Christian utopia in Jerusalem. It was founded in 1881 by Horation Gates Spafford and fellow religious pilgrims who immigrated to Jerusalem from the United States and Sweden. They sought a simplified less materialistic life and because they did not strive to proselytize, they were acceptance by the local Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities. The Colony was devoted to the people of Jerusalem and was known for their charitable missions. Photography made its way to the Colony in 1898 when a camera was purchased to document the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter The American Colony Photo Department was established and became well know for their images of the Holy Land and the Middle East. Due to acceptance of the Colony and it missions, Colonist photographers were able to photograph that part of the world openly. These images were then sold in the Colony's store and were highly sought after. As a result, photography became an important profit-generating branch of the Colony with it proceeds vastly helping to improve the Colonists conditions. Despite the prosperity of the American Colony, internal tension led to the ultimate demise of this Christian utopia in 1934. The American Colony Photo Department was then renamed 'The Matson Photo Service' and continued to operate until shortly after the State of Israel was proclaimed in 1948. Similar images to the ones you see here, are in the collection of the Library of Congress Prints and are quite rare. An exhibiton of that collection was held several years ago.

    Condition Report*: Excellent condition, not examined outside of frame.
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    December, 2008
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