To whomever posted this, thank you. My father was from Turkey, and he often spoke longingly of his homeland. The images included here were transporting. I only wish he were still around so that I could sit there and thumb through them with him.
For those that don't know, Turkey (Ottoman Empire) ruled for over 600 years over a very large empire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Empire Quite a few times they tried taking over proper Europe, like Italy (Pope was there) and Austria. They ruled the Balkans, Northern Africa, Saudi Arabia, Caucasus etc etc. They didn't invest anything in occupied areas but didn't directly force conversions to Islam. Conversions had a lot of benefits of course so quite a few people did over the centuries.
Eventually Russia and European powers did them in, empire was rotting for centuries...
(Turkey's Erdogan is now trying to be the Sunni leader, only to be opposed by Saudi Arabia, which was pwnd by the Turks for centuries.)
As an aside (while I'm enjoying my morning cuppa), the Ottomans, via their control of the world coffee trade in the 1600s, served as the conduit through which Europe and India learned of, and began drinking coffee, both around the same time.
The full story is quite interesting, involving people risking death to subvert Ottoman attempts to protect their coffee monopoly's "Intellectual Property", which was fertile non-roasted coffee beans.
True, but they actually they fought mostly around the Black Sea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Russo-Turkish_w... Several times both sides had allies...and eventually Russia helped the Balkan Orthodox states claim independence from the Ottomans. Death by a thousand cuts, but 600+ years is impressive.
I was surprised to see an enormous sign saying YORKSHIRE, although i suppose if a Yorkshireman put up a sign it would hardly be a small one. Having squinted at the pixels, i think it was probably an advert, or an office sign, for an insurance company:
> Click the links to the right of the screen reading “Connect to digitized images of…” to browse the various series. From there, select an item by clicking the blue title link. Once you are in a record for an individual image or album, click the thumbnail image to the right of the screen to see it larger and, in the case of albums, page through the contents.
One way is through changes in context, by organizing them by origin and theme so that they contribute to a larger narrative. Another is through enriching them with metadata that would not be obvious from simply looking at the image.