With last week’s release of the delightful volume Traditional Life and Customs, I am planning to feature a number of photographs from that collection here in the coming weeks.  With yesterday’s post on Jaffa Gate, I thought I’d follow it up with a photo taken here from the early 1900s.  This was during a time when traffic flowed freely in both directions.

Porter carrying empty petrol tins, mat05929

The tins were used for petrol, and obviously, they are empty here.  If you’re going through a tough patch at work today, you might think of this guy and be thankful that you don’t have his job.

The photo is taken from the Traditional Life and Customs volume of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection (Library of Congress, LC-matpc-05929).