In my Grandad’s war diary, he wrote on Wednesday January 27 of his day trip to the Dead Sea, Jordan River and Jericho –
… After lunch continued on to the River Jordan where Israelites forded the river and is also where Christ was baptised. Visited three monasteries – Greek, Abyssinian & Syriac(?) then to Jericho – has three sites – the old around 3500 years – after centuries little is left. The Roman Jericho & finally modern Jericho – Elisha’s Well. Back to Jerusalem leaving for home again at 6.30PM. Had supper half-way home returning to camp at 10.15PM.
These photos were likely taken (or purchased) on that day. The wording on the photos is what was written on the back of them.
The Dead Sea photos were in a previous post.
When I look at these photographs, I wonder how many of the buildings were electrified, had running water and how they disposed of waste. I also wonder about the cycle of their day, their week.
I have no idea, great questions but I suspect it would have been “rustic”
Yes, I imagine that living conditions probably hadn’t markedly improved over time. Perhaps more possessions, but basic living conditions not much changed over the centuries.
I would say this is very likely
Really cool that you have these. Really cool indeed.
Yes, I consider myself lucky to have them and be able to share them with a wider audience
Today Jordan and Palestine are two countries …..in your grandpa”s photo they were one….
now Jordan is a modern country ,,,,no wars……
Palestine is a different story ….
Please tell us in which year exactly these photos were taken?
He was there after being shot in the second battle of El Alamein so early 1943 most likely. He was at camp for recovering after his injury before returning to his platoon.
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We have the exact same photo of the Arab by the bridge from my late grandfather
I think some of the photos were commerically purchased – however I can’t tell which ones in most cases.