Sunday, October 28, 2007

Before digital cameras...







In my possession, I have thirteen postcards that I bought here in Marrakech in the gift shop (and I use the term loosely) of the Medersa. They are reproductions of postcards from 1910 - 1930 and I had been meaning to do a blog post about them and get pictures of them up here when my camera died (I promise you faithfully that I will be getting a new one for Paris).

Then today, in an unrelated frame of mind, but inspired by a fabulous art deco door-handle that I spotted on our way though the Ville Nouvelle, I did an online search for Art Deco Marrakech to see if I could do a post on that subject, but I found something even better for you to look at!

It's a *huge* quiz on a noticeboard where the poster has put up positively hundreds of beautiful photographs and postcards of Morocco from the first half of the last century for you to identify. Well, whatever your chances of identifying them are, the thread is most definitely a visual feast of a world that you can still see peeping through the mopeds and mobile phones of Marrakech today.

http://www.darnna.com/phorum/read.php?2,12330,page=1

4 comments:

Joan said...

I love these old postcards too. I have quite a collection which I bought ... in Paris over the years and also on French auction sites. There is also a very interesting book called The Colonial Harem about the image of women in these colonial postcards.
Joan

Anrosh said...

These days my album has more postcards than photos.

tongue in cheek said...

Old postcards are my favorites. Your black and whites tell a story we dream about, enchanting days of voyage in an exotic country.

paris parfait said...

I love old photographs and postcards, particularly the Lehnert & Landrock ones from the late 19th-early 20th century.