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This is an intriguing collection of archival photographs that reveals the forgotten heart of a great cosmopolitan city.Using vintage photographs from the second half of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth, many of them from private family albums, this book brings to life the world of that vanished Alexandria, a vibrant, stylish, and cosmopolitan city, the largest port in the Mediterranean, that was the prosperous gateway between Egypt and the world. Seen here in the setting of their homes and gardens, and on the city's streets and beaches, the faces of those forgotten Alexandrians come to life: the Greeks, Italians, Jews, and all those others from around the Mediterranean whose energy and expertise helped modernize and develop Egypt, and who planted their family roots in the city.This was the luxuriant and evocative city celebrated by Constantine Cavafy, E.M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell, and they too are included in these pages along with photographs of scenes and people that were familiar to them.

Vintage Alexandria traces the development and growth of the city, follows its story through the dramatic events of two world wars, and above all provides a background to the city's place in twentieth-century cultural history, through the eyes of Alexandria's cosmopolitan citizens themselves.

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MICHAEL HAAG is a writer and photographer based in London. He has photographed and written Alexandria Illustrated(AUC Press 2004) and Cairo Illustrated, and he is the author of Alexandria: City of Memory.

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...having lived there many years ago, these pictures bring back fond memories. Today, visiting Alexandria, you would not recognize most of the buildings and streets.

This book, Vintage Alexandria, is not only for those who have known the town but also for others who have read about it and can get a feel of how things were.....
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HASH(0x93c41a44) von 5 Sternen romance and history of the famed ancient city 22. Dezember 2008
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Vintage photos arranged chronologically impart the "vibrant, stylish, and cosmopolitan city" similar to Athens, Naples, and Marseilles for its importance in Mediterranean commerce and culture and its mixed population. About half of the more than 150 photographs show groups of Italians, Greeks, Jews and other immigrants who along with native Egyptians pursued business opportunities and a lively social life in the Egyptian city founded in ancient times. The settings of the groups as well as the many scenes from different parts of the city display the city's architecture, public areas, and rooms inside buildings. Much of the city is modernized by the time of the photographs of this volume. Palm trees, mosques, Islamic features even on new buildings, and the clothing of individuals mark the city as North African and Middle Eastern.

Alexandria was renowned from ancient times. Its famed library and Pharos lighthouse in its Eastern Harbor have become permanent symbols of the achievements of the ancient world. Alexander the Great gave his name to the city after laying out a new design for it. Alexandria's mystique was enhanced further by the writings of Constantine Cavafy, E. M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell.

As three maps show, Alexandria was prominent literally as well as by legend and repute. Three maps show how the part of the city reaching into the sea splits to form two harbors--Western and Eastern. Names of sites and areas in the maps exemplify Alexandria's millennial history and its modern-day cosmopolitan population and its interests.
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I find these photos specially nostalgic of a city, still very beautiful, but which must have been splendid at the time they were taken
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This book touched a cord in my heart... Alexandria is my most beloved city... The pictures in this book are priceless... they brought back fondest memories of a city so much loved and long gone leaving magnificent memories of a beautiful and carefree childhood and early youth... Oh Alexandria, how I love you and how I miss my city ... This is a coffee table book which I will cherish for the rest of my life. I highly recommend it to all Alexandria lovers who lived or visited this magnificent and mystical city ... I know this city touched our hearts and will always be there. You only need to listen to George Moustaki and Kotsiras songs "Alexandria" to know how dear this city is, and this book revived those long gone fond memories... I love you Alexandria
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Vintage Alexandria. Great book & photos very nostalgic for me and my family having been born in Alex. Great choice
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