the value of ephemera

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Ever wonder about the origins of the imagery on a carpet such as this? Look in your wallet…

The Victory Arch [Taaq-e-Zafar] in the Paghman Gardens outside Kabul celebrates the Afghan victory over Great Britain in 1919. And the source of the photograph used to produce the bank note? Look in your mailbox…

This postcard was posted in 1973. It is the actual photograph from which the bank note was engraved. From which the carpet was woven. With some additional narrative elements.

The civil war of the early nineties left nothing unscathed.

…now restored.

[photo by Dr. Khalid Salimi]


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One Response to “the value of ephemera”

  1. Anti-Soviet Realism | iconophilia Says:

    […] wearing a pakol and bearing a flag bearing the inscription Allahu Akhbar! stands in front of the Paghman Victory Arch, which was built in 1919 to celebrate the defeat of that other Imperial Power, Great Britain. In […]

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