Mogadishu: Images from the Past

“Merca – Missionari i poveri”

Posted in Marka, People, Religion, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 24 April, 2016

Scan_20160424_114108Dated 1911. Published by Missione Francescana di Mogadiscio

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Healing ceremony

Posted in People, Religion, Uncategorized by rickjdavies on 6 January, 2015

ceremony

Undated postcard. Looks like a healing ceremony, a zar perhaps. Can anyone help with more information? Post your Comments below

“Mogadiscio – Arabo – Somali”

Posted in 1918 - 1940, People by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Arabo-Somali

Possibly from Xamar Weyne or Shangani area of the city? Any ideas, if so please leave a Comment

Double click on photo to get a large and more detailed view

Hand weavers of Mogadishu cloth

Posted in People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

weavers

Possibly in Xamar Weyne, where weaving like this continued until the 1980s

Traditionally done by the slave section of the Xamar population, known as (h)abash or adoon

The text below is from “The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture” By Heather Marie Akou, 2011

weavers text

See also an engraving of a similar scene from the 1880s, here.

“Mogadiscio – Il mercato”

Posted in 1950s, Markets, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 5 November, 2014

Il mercatoWhere was this photo taken? I think it is somewhere near the gold market (the arches in the distance?), but I am not sure. Leave a comment if you can help

“Tipi e costumi”

Posted in 1930s, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 29 October, 2014

Tipi

“Bimbi”

Posted in 1930s, People, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 29 October, 2014

Bimbi

“Autorita indigene di Mogadiscio”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, People by rickjdavies on 26 April, 2013

Indigenous authorities 1901Click on photo to enlarge

Indigenous authorities of Mogadishu”, circa 1901 (from an Italian magazine). Who are the people shown here and where was the photo taken? Leave your comment below.

“General Mohamed Siyad”

Posted in 1969-1991 Barre period, People by rickjdavies on 15 April, 2013

Barre“Leader of the military coup ousting Premier Egal, Commander of the Somalia Armed Forces shown here with his adjuntary (a major) outside the military headquarters in Mogadiscio” In 1969

“Somalia Italiana – Il te (ciai) della cinque”

Posted in 1950s, People, Y: Unknown locations by rickjdavies on 13 April, 2013

2013 04 13 BClick on photo to enlarge

Where is this location? In the background are what look like three or four sandy roads heading uphill and away from the photographer. These may be the outskirts of Mogadishu at the time.

Note the silver jewelery worn by the women. Similar if not the same as the item below, in the case of the women on the left (click to enlarge, twice)

2013 04 13 C

Mogadishu street kids, circa 1987

Posted in 1980s, Markets, People by rickjdavies on 10 April, 2013

Drawings of street kids washing cars, carrying loads, polishing shoes, sniffing glue and running from the police
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Le filage, l’encollage et le devidage du coton a Moguedouchou – Dessin de Riou, d’apres une photographie de auterur

Posted in 1800 - 1900, People by rickjdavies on 3 April, 2013

Scan20_001Click on photo to enlargen

Published in 1885, in Le Tour du Monde: Nouveau Journal Des Voyages, by Charton, Edouard, 1807-1890

Volume XLIX> Voyages chez les Benadirs, Les Comalis et les Bayouns, par M..G. Revoil en 1882 et 1883 . Texte et Dessins inedits

Somali camel and rider

Posted in People by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

Text on back of card reads:

Carte Postale
Hotel de l’Europe
Turkish Shop
I. Benghiat Som
Aden

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Somali Family

Posted in People by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

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Caravana

Posted in People by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

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Somalidorf

Posted in People by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

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Somalidorf

Posted in People, Rural by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

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R. C. M. Somali – Somali Grave

Posted in People, Rural by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

The card was posted to Belgium  in December 1920

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R. C. M. Somali – Building Somali hut

Posted in People, Rural by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

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R. C. M. Somali – Young lad wearing “gardas”

Posted in People by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

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