AL KOHBAR in Saudi Arabia, 1957

In January of 1957 Donald G. Schnabel visited Saudi Arabia. I have been featuring his shots from Bahrain in February of '57. This is what happens when you go through slide boxes out of order. So we'll be jumping around the kingdoms for awhile.

These two shots are labeled "Al Kohbar, Arabia, Jan 57." Kohbar might be familiar to you, but not for a pleasant reason.

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  1. It's the old "this is the view from the balcony of my hotel room".
    The Middle East seemed like such a sleepy place then. Money, religion, and politics had not become the powerful forces that would destroy it now a half century on.

    1. Exactly. Western influence into all aspects of their lives was only getting started.

    2. Mike Brubaker is right. How true that "money, religion and politics" are to blame for so many sad events and turns in history.

  2. I wonder if he was on the balcony of the place that was blown up... that would be eery.

  3. Anonymous2/26/2024

    Can you double check please regarding the pic of the driver name? He looks like my father Mr. Hassan Foolath" who done the same job with them in during same period. Thank you.
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