Egypt in Montana

Hearst Free Library ~ in Anaconda ~ 19th Century Photos of Egypt

The Hearst Free Library in Anaconda houses some rare antique photos of Egyptian sites in the middle of the 19th century by Adolphe Braun [1811-1877]. The framed photos are hung high throughout the library. Phoebe Hearst donated the library to Montana and she sponsored some excavations in Egypt. Did she contribute these photos of Egypt also? Perhaps Braun took some of them when he was invited to photograph the Suez Canal opening in Egypt in 1869. (Ref: Getty Musuem)

These snapshots of those old photos were taken with a Sony Mavica digital camera while Spencer Wolney and Donna Hyora were doing WOW computer training at the Hearst Free Library in Anaconda in 2000. The library staff kindly let me climb ladders to get closer. The angles were difficult, nonetheless, and the marvelous arched windows cast bright reflections on the glass. I took extreme liberties with graphic manipulation of those snaps to provide a plausible representation of what was there. The poor quality of the reproductions is all the more reason to go see them in person.

Island of Philae

The Island of Philae with the Ptolemaic Temple of Isis before the temples were moved to escape the flooding from the High Dam

Island of Philae

Trajan's kiosk, built by the Roman emperor, as it stood on the island of Philae before its rescue to higher ground on the island of Agilkia.

Sphinx at Gizeh

The great sphinx at Gizeh was still partially buried under desert sand in this 19th century photo. A similar print is owned by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, attributed to 1865/1875.

19th century Giza scene with veiled Egyptian women in the foreground, the pyramids, palm trees, and mud brick housing in the background. The library's arched window reflections overlay an aquaduct-like dimension.

Temple of Horus at Edfu

The Temple of Horus at Edfu, circa 1870.

Karnak Temple gateway

Ptolemy III Euergetes' southern gate, now called the Bab el-Amara, to the Karnak temple complex—with remnants of the sphinx lined approach

19th century Cairo painting

Phoebe Hearst presented this colorful painting of Egyptians in 19th or turn of the century Cairo by the Swedish artist Carl Oscar Borg (1879-1947) in 1915. The archway in this image is part of the painting, not a reflection.

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