Friday, April 4, 2014
In Old Egypt
This one's a real photo postcard. The back has a standard Kodak manufactured K Ltd. stamp block, with no other identifying marks that would, more often than not, be present on a card published for mass sale. So I'm fairly confident that this card was printed up for one of the people in the photo. But which one, and why were they in Egypt? Standard issue tourists, seeing the wonders of the world? Or were they part of the American religious community that has always headed to the middle east to see sights from the Bible? I found this one in an antique store that I visit from time to time. If I get lucky, I'll find another one of these cards with something written on the back. If these people are all headed off to the casinos of Monte Carlo or a French bar, we'll know they were out for a good time. But if Egypt was followed by Bethlehem and Jerusalem, then we have a church group. I'd prefer it if these people were tourists out to have a good time, but my gut tells me, church people.