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Albumen photo of Nile riverboat Olga, circa 1880

Albumen photo of Nile riverboat Olga, circa 1880

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Photographs: Places: Pre 1900: Item # 1421547

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An albumen photograph of the Swedish flagged Olga on the Nile river. The riverboats were known as dahabiya and typically travelled from Cairo upriver to either Luxor or Aswan on a forty or fifty day journey. Travel on one of these dahabiya was usually luxurious, for the times. The flag on the stern mast is that of Sweden, the one on the foremast is that of Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Very faintly signed in the negative lower left, “Lengaki” and in the lower right, “No. 613. Dahabiya…(?).” The Zengaki brothers were early photographers of Egypt. The photograph is 8 3/8 x 11 inches (21 x 28 cm) The mat 17 x 14 inches (43 x 35.5 cm).

Condition: serious issues with the lower right corner broken off and numerous creases on three corners and many internal ones as well. Good tone and clear printing.