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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Child in the village of Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A small child walking with his toy on a hot, sandy, and windswept street in the village of Bou Saada, about 100 miles southeast of Algiers. His homespun clothing was typical of the area, warm and good protection from the desert sun. This was French...
    • Village of Bou Saada, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The village of Bou Saada, Algeria, built around an oasis. The city was quaint, prosperous and its people were warm and friendly. About 100 miles southeast of Algiers, it served as a get-away for American soldiers on leave
    • Street in Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A typical street scene in Bou Saada, Algeria in Fall, 1943. Sandy streets, simply constructed housing and the oasis provided a gentle and secure lifestyle to its residents
    • Morning call to prayer, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • His voice was loud and clear, his prayer long enough for me to get up and make an emergency trip to get his photograph. He then invited me into the Mosque to witness but not photograph the morning service. Activity began in earnest in the village...
    • Caravan camel, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • My camel for the trip from Bou Saada to Biskra. A long trip over the desert is a true adventure. This one, traveling with a group of Bedouin, took 6 days.
    • Camels, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • At the "camel bus stop", Bou Saada. Kay Shelby, the Red Cross staffer pictured elsewhere, does the negotiation. She selected a fine lot of camels but declined to make the trip herself.
    • Village of Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The city of Bou Saada, about one hundred miles southeast of Algiers. The population during my stay was nearly 100-percent Arabic, with a few French Foreign Legion forces in the area. Probably because of the Foreign Legion, the city was best known...
    • Traveling story-teller, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • People of the desert had no modern communication at all. There was no electricity in the small villages, no newspapers or magazines, and very little contact with the outside world. They had heard about radio but none had ever heard a radio. In this...
    • Hotel in Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Hotel Beau Sejour, Bou Saada, Algeria, in the Fall of 1943. A reasonably modern facility, its rooms were comfortable and clean. The food was adequate but to an American initially a bit strange: dates, mutton and small birds, cooked whole on a...
    • Caravan entering Biskra, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A traditional camel caravan moving into Biskra after a long journey from the southern edge of the Sahara. Measured distance is not a concept these caravans use; days to travel and time are the measure. A trip from Biskra to Bou Saada is 6 days if a...
    • Caravan, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A traditional camel caravan moving into Biskra after a long journey from the southern edge of the Sahara. Measured distance is not a concept these caravans use; days to travel and time are the measure. A trip from Biskra to Bou Saada is 6 days if a...

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