This vintage postcard features a “Bedouin Beauty” with  wonderful smile. Everything she is wearing is interesting. Her traditional dress, the flowers in her hair, and her necklace are all intriguing. This postcard offers some sexual provocativeness which was typically seen in ethnographic postcards from this era. It seems that if women from other cultures, or non white ethnicities, were photographed for postcards, than some nudity was acceptable. Western photographers, postcard publishers, and postcard consumers all appear to have been “suffering” from ethnocentrism. The woman in this photo, as stated earlier, is a Bedouin. Bedouins are a group of nomadic Arab people. Historically, they have inhabited the desert regions in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Iraq, and the Levant. This image was produced by the team of Rudolf Franz Lehnert (1878-1948) & Ernst Heinrich Landrock (1878-1966). Lehnert was of German origin, while Landrock was from Bohemia. The pair met in Switzerland and decided to go into business together. Lehnert was the photographer and Landrock was the administrator. Landrock organized trips, managed the photo studio and photo production, and marketed the photographs and prints. They were photographers in Tunis and in Egypt, They also opened studios in Munich (Germany) and Leipzig (Germany).  They produced many photographs from Egypt and Tunisia. Their first studio was in Tunis. They photographed monuments and sites in those countries, but were most known for their erotic images of Arab women, often posing in harem themes. The photographers seemed more concerned about producing erotic photographs rather than documenting everyday life in these Middle Eastern countries. Lehnert and Landrock were well acclaimed for their work and the duo have images in a number of museums, including Philadelphia’s Penn Museum an the Musee de l’elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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This press photo features Jihan (Jehan) Sadat. She is the daughter of the late Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat (1918-1981). He was the third President of Egypt and served from 1970 to 1981. He was assassinated while in office. He negotiated a peace treaty with Israel’s Menachem Begin and the two shared the Nobel Peace prize. This photograph was taken by John Whitman of Camera Press, located in London, England. It was taken in 1983. The photo is in excellent condition (see scans).

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Two men wearing ethnic clothing pose for their portrait at the Horos studio in Cairo, Egypt. Both men are holding canes and wearing similar hats. The gentleman that is standing is wearing western attire in regard to his jacket, vest and tie. His shirt has an interesting collar. The seated man is wearing traditional clothing including a long robe. Hopefully, the cabinet card gallery’s unofficial research department (comprised of knowledgeable visitors to the site) will provide information regarding the clothing worn by the subjects in this photograph.

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