Then & Now (locations). 1st Series.
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On the left: a mountain scene we now believe is in Kosovo. The location: Bjeshka e Isniqit-Roshkodoli (Irzniq Mountain). The camera view is not quite identical. In the modern view the hut is on the left as viewed from the side. Image Credit: Mentor Haskaj.Archive Image File Ref: 03-48.
Here we show five of the most telling images in the archive. Our travellers have unwittingly caught the abject destitution and poverty of remote Montenegran village life in 1929 (top left). Three slides, stuck together when found and almost sequential in the collection, most probably recorded on the same day, are shown in the lower sequence above. Here they record some young inhabitants of the village, and, centre, the primitive conditions inside one of the dwellings. This village is Zabljak in Durmitor, Montenegro,(see later post card image, top right), the highest situated town on the Balkans. This is entirely consistent with our travellers having to go to the then most remote areas, areas possibly still having undiscovered plant species. Top right we see a more prosperous view, although this particular postcard image is undated. Any additional photography gratefully received and acknowledged. See our: To Contact Us page. For background reading depicting this period, may we suggest: “Bulgaria. Farm Land without a Farmhouse”. National Geographic Magazine. August 1932. Pages 185-218.
Archive Image File Refs: 01-04, 01-11, 01-12, 01-13.
Dubrovnik Croatia. To the left our c 1929 view of the Old Town from the Minceta Tower. To the right right: as seen now. Notice the identical camera position. Photo Credit: John Kelly.
Archive Image File Ref: 03-26.
To the left our archive image of the bridge at Mostar, circa 1929. The country went through a devastaing war in 1993 and the bridge, which had stood strong for 427 years, was destroyed during that period (top right). It took many years to rebuild the bridge, and it was finally achieved in 2004 (lower right image).
Archive Image File Ref: 01-21.
From Chapter V1 p 60 et seq, of Hugh Roger-Smith's "Plant Hunting in Europe", we read:
"In June 1929 I joined forces with Dr. and Mrs Giuseppi, Mr. Ingwersen and Dr. Seligman in a visit to Yugoslavia...it was essential to have your own car in order to see the country. From Pec we drove to Prizren, stopping on the way to visit the ancient monastry of Decani. Among the frescoes and many ornaments in the church were two enormous painted wax candles ten feet high presented to the church in 1338..not to be lighted until Serbia was freed from the foreigh yoke.
The ceremony of lighting them was carried out by King Alexander in 1924 amidst scenes of great jubilation....".
Below we show three of these 1929 images, both exterior and interior, and recorded for Dr. Roger-Smith by H. P. Thompson during their visit to Decani.
Archive Image File Refs: 03-49, 03-51, 03-05.