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Norman Mayers Photo Gallery: Arabia, c1926

Mayers Alb 1/25

The images in this gallery are from the Norman Mayers Collection Album 1. The photographer or photographers are unknown as the photographs were not taken by Norman Mayers but collected by him whilst visiting Jedda and then sent home. In the introduction to the Album, Norman Mayers writes that the images 'show Jedda as it then was, recently (1926) taken by Ibn Saud with the rest of the Hejaz'.

Norman Mayers entered the Levant Consular Service in 1922 and served in Lebanon and Arabia. For further biographical information please see the Norman Mayers Catalogue (pdf file). For further details about the photograph album, including an introduction by Norman Mayers please see the Mayers Album 1 Catalogue (pdf file)

The original photographs do not have captions. The captions below were written by the Archivist, Gillian Grant, and they are based on Norman Mayers’ introduction to the Album.

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Norman Mayers Album 1

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Jedda. Aerial photograph looking towards the Red Sea. In the right of the picture are the northern walls of the town, pierced by the Bab al-Madina. Just inside the wall are the offices of Jedda’s foreign legations; all such offices were located in this area, known as the Shami (Syrian) quarter. On the seaward corner of Jedda’s north wall is the police station. Jedda. Ex-king Ali getting into his carriage to be driven to the mosque for Friday prayers.
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Jedda. Band playing in the street as ex-king Ali’s carriage passes. Jedda from the south or east.
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Pilgrims from Egypt about to embark from their ship off Jedda. Pilgrims from Egypt about to embark from their ship off Jedda.
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Pilgrims from Egypt about to embark from their ship off Jedda. Pilgrims from Egypt about to embark from their ship off Jedda.
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The Mahmal and Mahmal camels (from Egypt?) about to be landed from their ship off Jedda. The Mahmal and Mahmal camels (from Egypt?) about to be landed from their ship off Jedda.
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The Mahmal and Mahmal camels (from Egypt?) about to be landed from their ship off Jedda. Pilgrims boarding small craft prior to being landed at Jedda.
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Pilgrims boarding small craft prior to being landed at Jedda. Small craft with pilgrims arriving at Jedda.
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? One of Jedda’s gates - ?Bab al Sharif. Jedda. Corner of a house in traditional Jedda style showing rawashin and decorative plasterwork.
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Jedda. The British Agency and Consulate taken from the street. Jedda street, showing 3 houses in Jedda style with rawashin and decorative stonework.
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Jedda. Detail of the entrance to 1 of the houses shown in (18) showing the fine decorative stonework above the entrance. Jedda. Street running between the Akash mosque and the suq.
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Jedda. Streets with rawashin. Jedda. Streets with rawashin.
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Jedda. Street with camel caravan carrying boxes. Jedda. Interior of Eve’s tomb showing decorative plasterwork, and the Turkish-style tombstone said to mark the position of Eve’s head.
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Jedda. Street with rawshin ?leading to one of the town gates. Jedda. View through one of the town gates.
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Jedda. The Bab al-Madina and town wall, probably taken from an upper storey window in the British Agency building. Beyond the wall are the barracks and Eve’s tomb. Jedda. Pilgrim caravan passing along one of the streets adjacent to the ?as-Shafei Mosque.
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Jedda street; men and boys preparing to load pilgrims’ belongings ready for the journey to Mecca. Jedda. Streets full of shuqdufs ready to transport pilgrims to Mecca.
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Jedda. Streets full of shuqdufs ready to transport pilgrims to Mecca. Jedda. Streets full of shuqdufs ready to transport pilgrims to Mecca.
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Jedda. Streets full of shuqdufs ready to transport pilgrims to Mecca. Jedda. Pilgrim caravan leaving Jedda by the Bab al-Mecca.
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Jedda. The lower half of the Mecca gate taken from the outside. Pilgrim caravans en route for Mecca.
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Pilgrim caravans en route for Mecca. Pilgrim caravans en route for Mecca.
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Abdul Aziz ibn Saud meeting ?Amir Rihani (just arrived by plane). Also present are Shaikh Hafiz Wahaba and Shaikh Yusuf Yasin, c1926. Abdul Aziz ibn Saud meeting ?Amir Rihani (just arrived by plane). Also present are Shaikh Hafiz Wahaba and Shaikh Yusuf Yasin, c1926.
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Abdul Aziz ibn Saud meeting ?Amir Rihani (just arrived by plane). Also present are Shaikh Hafiz Wahaba and Shaikh Yusuf Yasin; the manager of Gellatly Hankey can be seen in the background, c1926. Abdul Aziz ibn Saud meeting ?Amir Rihani (just arrived by plane). Also present are Shaikh Hafiz Wahaba and Shaikh Yusuf Yasin, c1926.
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Unidentified 2 men on mules – 1 carrying the Union Jack ?Egypt Shaikh Yusuf Yasin, 2 servants, ?British official and one other man outside tents. Carpets on the ground outside the tent; the ?British Official appears to be examining one of the carpets.
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Portrait of an ?officer. Signed Ibrahim, 17 May 1928 Stonehewer Bird, his wife and staff, including Basil Segar, c1920s.

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