Photograph of “Typical Needy Armenians” on the November 1914 cover of “The Friend of Armenia” (London): Recycling of a Photograph from No Later than September 1, 1913 originally attesting “Massacre Victims in Rags”
Armenian News Network / Groong
August 28, 2014
Special to Groong by Abraham D. Krikorian and Eugene L. Taylor
Long Island, NY
Armenians in England: the history up to the 20-ies of the XXth Century by R Yeghiazaryan, Yason Printing House, Yerevan, 2014) is only 352 pages long but it is full of information and contains many rich research leads. It is well-referenced. Whether this book gets the attention it deserves is something that we cannot predict of course. Far too few copies were printed — according to the inside cover, only 100 copies.
Because of our interest in imagery and photographs we will use this opportunity to draw attention to what is on its soft cover.
The photograph reproduced on the journal issue is of considerable interest not only because it is attractive in a morose way but it discloses considerable skill and sensitivity on the part of the ‘originator’ of the photograph in selecting an image that would elicit sympathy and outpouring of support — hopefully in the form of financial help. We use the word ‘originator’ since it may well have been a deliberately posed photograph instigated by someone such as a missionary care giver who saw an opportunity to capture on film a perfect image to evoke pathos. So far, we have not located an original photographic print.
The image is also of no little interest because it derives from at least no later than 1 September 1913. (In Lain the expression used is terminus ante quem.) That is the date of the first printing-‘edition’ of the small (191 page long) volume bearing the title What Next in Turkey. Glimpses of the American Board’s Work in the Near East by David Brewer Eddy (The American Board, Boston, 1913). This volume is accessible online at https://archive.org/details/whatnextinturke00eddygooghe
The following photographic enlargements of the image in the Eddy volume are presented below to show in better detail the people in question.
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