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

“Mogadiscio – Viale Sorrentino”

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 26 March, 2015

1-img-326132557-0001This copy provided courtesy of Bruce Eady. Posted in 1923. Location unknown.

If you can help identify the location please use the Comment facility below

“Viale Littorio”

Posted in 1930s, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 14 December, 2014

Viale LittorioLocation unknown. If you can help please leave a Comment below

 

“Somalia – Mogadiscio – Albergo Savoia”

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

Albergo SavoiaLocation found thanks to comment by Ikar below

On the site of the Jirdeh Hussein Building.

Lat and Long: 2°02’09.1″N 45°20’33.9″E
2.035855, 45.342760

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

“Mogadiscio – Albergo Croce del Sud”

Posted in 1950s, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 November, 2014

Croce del SudHotel Southern Cross, in English. But always the Croce del Sud to me

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Lat and Long: 2°02’06.0″N 45°20’27.7″E
2.035000, 45.341028

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This copy courtesy of Bruce Eady, posted in 1936. So is the top photo from the same period?

“Mogadiscio – Panorama del Quartiere di Amarnini”

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

Panorama Amuraini“Amarnini” being Xamar Weyne

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If you know where in Xamar Weyne (or elsewhere) this photo was taken, please leave a Comment

Street scene in Mogadishu

Posted in Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

crowd in street

Location and date unknown. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment below

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.

Street scene in Xamar Weyne

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 6 November, 2014

alleyUntitled but taken in Xamar Weyne, possibly dated 2/3/1914

“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

“La via principale di Mogadiscio”

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

The main streetClick on photo to enlarge

“The main street of Mogadishu”, circa 190 (from an Italian magazine). Where is this scene? Leave your comment below

“Mogadiscio – Viale Cerrina”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Govt buildings, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 April, 2013

Viuale CerrinaClick on photo to enlarge

Viale Cerrina, later named Via Vittorio Emmanuel, then Via Somalia (I think). Leave your comment below

Fakhr al-Din mosque visible in the centre

FaD mosque textFrom page 15 of “Mogadishu: Pearl of the Indian Ocean” (pdf copy here)

“Mogadishu – Panorama”

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 April, 2013

PanoramaClick on photo to enlarge

Location unknown, but appears to be looking inland

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“Mogadiscio – Villagio indigeno fuori << Porta Mercato"

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Markets, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 20 April, 2013

Villagio IndigenoRough translation: “Indigenous village outside Port Market”

Where is this location? Leave your comments below

Mogadiscio – Via Piemonte

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 11 April, 2013

TowerIn Xamar Weyne. Tower in central distance is part of Giama Mosque. It is visible in 19th century maps of Mogadishu.

“Somalia Italiana Mogadiscio”

Posted in 1930s, Aerial photographs, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 7 April, 2013

Aerial view 2Undated postcard. Postcard text reads: “Federazione dei Fasci di Combattimento Della Somalia Italiana, Commissione di Cultura e Propaganda”

“Somalia Italiana – Mogadiscio – Via C.M. De Vecchi” and “Somalia – Mogadiscio – LArco al Principe di Piemonte e il viale”

Posted in 1930s, Monuments, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 7 April, 2013

Via De Vecchi Undated, but likely to be mid-1930s

L'arcoPostcard sent dated 7./11/1936

Somalia – Mogadiscio – Casa Muddafer

Posted in 1900 - 1918, Street scenes by rickjdavies on 3 April, 2013

Scan11_008Click on photo to enlargen

Location: Possibly in Shangani?

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