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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Well and washing ground, Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Clothes-washing was done both in streams and at the well. These ladies were busy with the family wash, showing great teamwork. One brought up the water while another scrubbed and beat the cloth. To dry the clothing, they simply laid it on the...
    • 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
    • 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...
    • Unidentified street, the Medina, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Medina, the oldest part of the city, was built on the slope of a landmass rising from the sea. Without sewer or water systems, it represented an undesirable place to live; the disease rate was high and the atmosphere unpleasant. At this time in...
    • Unidentified café

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Arab men enjoying tea at a sidewalk cafe, a very popular pastime for these folks who never seemed in a rush and always had plenty to talk about. On rare occasions when I had an interpreter available, he would assure me that they were not discussing...
    • Two Berber girls, Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Two Berber girls at the laundry, Casablanca, September, 1943. The Berber do not wear the veil; this cover-up was a bit flirtatious and did not conceal any of the girl's giggling.
    • 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...
    • Traveling entertainer, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This traveling entertainer in a small village near Biskra played music on the drum you see here, as well as on various horns hidden beneath his costume. These men would travel across the desert from one market to another making a meager living with...
    • Traditional Moslem women, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These Moslem women were shopping on the main street of Algiers in October 1943. Most Algerian Moslem women wore the veil. They were not covered over the eyes and many made the most of decorating their beautiful dark eyes. They always seemed quite...
    • Traditional bakery, Rabat, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Then, as now, women would bring loaves prepared for baking and the baker would slide them into his oven with the implement seen in the background here. The oven was open and the baker simply watched them cooking, judging by visual cues when the...
    • Three Berber girls near Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Three Berber girls, Casablanca, near the laundry pictured elsewhere. They were part of the families doing laundry, all of whom had a friendly nature and genuine interest in the Americans, with offers of free laundry and subtle hints of other things...
    • The Sahara, near Algiers

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A typical scene on the northern borders of the Sahara, near Algiers, where life revolves around water from underground sources forming the basis for an oasis.
    • Sultan's palace, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A view inside the Palace of Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco, and September 1943. This palace was completely replaced by his son, King Hassan II (still Prince Moulay Hassan at this time), who died in 1999.
    • Streetcars in Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Somehow, the trolley cars were kept running in Algiers. Not different from those in use in the United States at the time, the trolleys were the only transportation available to the local people within the city. November, 1943.
    • Streetcar, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The streetcar that ran along the coastal road the entire length of the city of Algiers. The cars were nearly always full with passengers clinging to the sides, pushing, and shoving. But the system always seemed to work, not much different than...

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