A Facebookpage that I follow is dedicated to show the world the old Iraq and regularly posts photos of a country many didn’t know exists. This is how the Rare Iraqi Pics page describes itself:
“Nostalgia is the only balm when we grow older… We miss our beginning as we approach the end.”
The page is popular, it has almost 40.000 followers, but the updates and descriptions are done in Arabic so many Westerners might not come across the page so easily. Therefore I decided to write about the page and share some of their photos with translations in English, with you.
Eid in Mosul, Northern Iraq, one of the cities now under control of ISIS, 1976
Tigris river, Baghdad. Year is unknown but the card is printed in 1955
Seta Hagopian, Armenian-Iraqi singer, the photo is probably from early 1970s. Seta Hagopian was one of the first singers to combine old Iraqi songs with Western instruments. She’s still active and lives in Qatar and Canada since the late 1990s. You can find her MySpace page here.
Fashion shoot in the marshes, a wetland area in Southern Iraq, 1974
Photo credits: Rare Iraqi Pics Facebook community