Sunday, September 27, 2009

More from Iraq’s Old Days

I don’t want to give the impression that I am pro-monarch person regarding the political system in Iraq because of the many occasions where I put pictures of that period on my blog.

I am not anti-monarch either

I am only trying to reflect different aspects of the history of this beautiful country and its beautiful people

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I will start with Al Khadmiyah, Baghdad, in 1919


For those wondering how the first king ruled Iraq after the country creation looked like, This King Faisal, in traditional customs


And below is another picture of the late king wearing western suit.


Below is a picture of the first leader of the Republic of Iraq.


King Faisal II, the last king of Iraq before it became a republic


Look carefully, for Baghdadis, look close, do you recognize the structure?

This is an aerial shot Abu Hanifa Mosque in Al Adhamiyah


According to the picture, this is Al Rasheed street in Baghdad, 1950, during some flood


When I saw the picture below, I started to think, these are red double decker buses for public transport, which was used in Iraq till the fall of former regime. The picture below is like bus schedule of the lines these buses was taken around Baghdad.

No difference from these I see in bus / tram stops here in the Netherlands

Ironic… no, sad, because Iraq in late 1950 used to be no difference from any civilized country around the world


This is a picture of a reception at the ministry of foreign affairs in Baghdad during monarch period.



Look at the way Iraqi Prime Minister, Noory Saeed bowing in front of the lady, the prestige in the way the head of the Iraqi government at that time is greeting a lady.

According to the source where I found the picture it is “Nuri Pasha Al Said. Probably in Pakistan. Ayoub Khan President of Pakistan in Background. Not sure if the lady is Mrs Ayoub Khan. Also to be seen in the photo, Burhan addin Bash'ayan and Fadhil Jamali”


King Feisal's 2nd birthday. According to the source: “I have tagged the children I recognise.
In this photo: Muna Al Farisi, Salwan Baban, Anisa Sadoun, Aysar Sulaiman, Lamis Al Daftari, Nasser Al Haideri, salwa sati' Alhuseri, muhsin Suleiman”


This picture is taken during the inauguration of King Faisal II.

Notice the guard drinking water!

Also… anyone noticed the similarities in the uniform those guards are wearing?


This is from an evening with Um Kalthom. The source of the picture says that the people in the picture are: Jamal Baban, Najib Al Rawi, Mumtaz Al Omari, Fazila Daghistani, Suad Al Omari, Nimat Yasin Al Hashimi, Nuri Al Said, Salima Daghistani, Tawfiq Al Sweidi, Tahsin Qadry, Obeyd Al Mathaifi


I liked the comments from which I took the photos from and I will quote it here:

“All the models were Iraqi ladies from prominent families. Can anyone imagine this kind of event taking place in Iraq today????”


The below picture of a fancy dress party where Iraqi Prime Miniter Noori Saeed, his wife Naima standing to the left of Photo. Their son Sabah and Ghazi Al Daghistani in Daghistani costume seated.


Another picture of a reception party at the embassy in Tehran where King Faisal II is seen with other distinguished guests such as queen Shahinaz


Royal hunting where King Faisal II is seen in the light jacket


King Feisal's Birthday Al Rihab Palace . May 2nd 1946. Um Kalthum sang at this occasion


The below picture is from the Baghdad Pact session in 1955


Iraqi Prime Minister, Noory Saeed (left) with Turkish politician Adnan Menderes at the airport.


It has been said that the only statue remained untouched after the 2003 war was of Al Sadoon in central Baghdad.

The picture below is from the unveiling ceremony of Abdul Muhsin Al Sadoun's statue. Baghdad May 20th 1933


Abdel Kareem Qasim in one of his visits


This is an illustration of how Al Khayyam cinema theater



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Anonymous said...

Commenting on the fashion show: You just can't compare the 1940 or 1950 with today where the ( progressive?) culture prevails.( I just copied your marvelous photos to show to my children to see how Iraq was then).

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