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Pyramids of Egypt

Posted by Laurie Frost on November 3, 2010

How about some pyramids? If an excuse is needed, it has been 88 years since British archaeologist Howard Carter’s team found the entrance to the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, aka King Tut, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings on November 4, 1922.

These  images, for which there are “no known restrictions” for reuse, are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

[Resting Bedouins and the Grand Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt]

Resting Bedouins and the Grand Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt, ca. 1890 and 1910. LC-DIG-ppmsca-03030 

Egypt. Pyramids of Gizeh. The Great Pyramid. Reflecting pyramid & mounted camelman

Egypt. Pyramids of Gizeh. The Great Pyramid. Reflecting pyramid & mounted camelman. Matson Photo Service, between 1934 and 1939. Part of: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection, LC-DIG-matpc-03839

Egypt. Pyramids. Ascent of the Great Pyramid

Egypt. Pyramids. Ascent of the Great Pyramid. Part of: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection,  LC-M305- SL17-862

Egypt. Pyramids. The Step Pyramid at Sakkara

The Step Pyramid at Sakkara. Part of: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection,  LC-DIG-matpc-23069

Egypt. Pyramids. The Sphinx and pyramid, from low viewpoint looking up

The Sphinx and pyramid, from low viewpoint looking up.  Part of: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection,  LC-DIG-matpc-23066.

Here are a couple of unusual photos. The first,  “Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, seated, facing right, with others at pyramids, Egypt,” has a date created of between 1869 and 1885, but this can be narrowed quite a bit since we know that the Grants went on a world tour following his second term of office which ended in March 1877, and by 1879 he was back in the US, hoping — but failing — to be nominated for a third term. 

[Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, seated, facing right, with others at pyramids, Egypt]

LC-USZ62-89912

This one raises all kinds of questions, starting with why US sailors were in the deserts of Egypt during the last decade of the 19th century. Great flat hats on two of the young guys.

U.S.S. Raleigh, sailors at the pyramids

U.S.S. Raleigh sailors at the pyramids, between 1894 and 1901. LC-D4-20921

And then there’s this one. Excelsior must have been a play since the print is part of the Library of Congress’s Theatrical Poster Collection [P2170]. It was copyright 1883 by Imre & Bolossy Kiralfy and captioned, “The past , the present.”

Excelsior

 

 

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One Response to “Pyramids of Egypt”

  1. These are great photos. Thanks for making them available.

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