Mogadishu: Images from the Past

“Mogadiscio – Mercato Amarnini”

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

1-img-326131049-0001This copy provided courtesy of Bruce Eady. Possible date: early 1920s. Location unknown, but likely to be in the vicinity of Xamar Weyne.

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“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.

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View of earliest Italian colonial period wharf

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Govt buildings by rickjdavies on 13 January, 2015

WharfView looking inland towards Governor’s Palace (later the site of the Al Uruba Hotel)

Note official being carried on a simple type of sedan chair, centre of photo, facing the camera

Postcard posted 1926, but photo may have been taken well before then

Approximate location of camera: Lat 2°02’00.4″N Long 45°20’37.3″E

 

“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

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“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

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“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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Iskushuban – Italian administration building

Posted in 1918 - 1940, NE Somalia by rickjdavies on 9 January, 2014

IskushubanCourtesy of Panoramio Google Maps

Location according to Google Maps +10°17’7.02″, +50°14’4.44″

Iskusuban goolge

I visited this town in 1991, as part of a “post” civil war needs assessment mission to  the north-east of Somalia. It is an oasis in the middle of nowhere. There are two sets of springs, on the top and bottom left, the water from these springs then flows eastwards, to the right. Using a low man made weir some of the water is channeled off to the side to feed an area of date palms, which are off the screen to the right.  The Italian fort is situated on the bluff in the middle of the fork, with the town behind it to the left

A colleague and friend of mine from the 1980s. Dr Ahmed Ismael Jama, was born in this town

The word “iskashuban” means “self-pouring” i.e. a waterfall. Perhaps in better times

Djibouti, 1929

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Djibouti, Maps by rickjdavies on 4 January, 2014

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From “Atlas France”, 1929.  Click twice on image to enlarge

I drove to Djibouti from Hargeysa (to the south of this map) in 1983 and 1984. We got the coast somewhere to the east of Zeyla, I think, then crossed the border at Loyada, further NW along the coast. The (french built) Djibouti border post was like something out of the film Beau Geste. On one occasion we drove our 4 wheel drive Toyota inland from Djibouti town ,across very rough tracks, to the shores of Lac Assal, just inland from the head of the Gulf of Tadjoura, seen here. It seems to have less water in it than I was there. Where we stopped there was a hot water spring feeding into the lake,which was incredibly salty. The shoreline and lake floor was covered in salt crystals, some of which were too sharp to stand on.

“Mogadiscio – Mercato indigeno”

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Markets, Mosques by rickjdavies on 20 April, 2013

Mercato indigeno_001Mogadishu – indigenous market. Post card poisted 20/11/1924

Possibly with Sheik Sufi mosque in the far left

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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.

Mogadiscio Somalia Italiana – Venditori di datteri

Posted in 1918 - 1940, Markets by rickjdavies on 3 April, 2013

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“Seller of dates”. Posted 26 May 1927

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Mogadiscio – Villini Incis

Posted in 1900 - 1960 Italian Period, 1918 - 1940, Govt buildings by rickjdavies on 5 September, 2011

Location unknown. If you have any ideas, please post a Comment below

Mogadiscio – Una veduta della citta dalla Cattedrale

Posted in 1918 - 1940 by rickjdavies on 30 January, 2011

Posted 11 July 1940, to Pola, Istria (then part of Italy, now Croatia)

Location in Mogadishu, as shown by Google Maps

Hafun

Posted in 1918 - 1940, X: Other locations by rickjdavies on 24 September, 2009

700Scan10027a “La garesa di Hafun”

Other photos of the Hafun area on the internet

Estimated location on Google Maps

Somalia Italiana: Mogadiscio – Pozo Cava

Posted in 1900 - 1960 Italian Period, 1918 - 1940, Y: Unknown locations by rickjdavies on 16 August, 2008

Posted 22 June 1922. Exact location in Mogadiscio unknown. The “lighthouse” in the back right may have been in Lido area

Cinema Italia

Posted in 1900 - 1960 Italian Period, 1918 - 1940 by rickjdavies on 10 June, 2008

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