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Photograph - 'Boots a Clean', Cairo, Egypt, Private John Lord, World War I, circa 1915 Image Reg. No: MM 120025

Black and white photographic print.

Attached to a small notebook used as a photograph album, containing 55 black and white photographs of ANZAC soldiers in Egypt, Mudros and Gallipoli during World War I. The photographs were taken by an Australian soldier, Sergeant John Lord or one of his friends (to be verified). John Lord served in the 13th Field Ambulance and returned to Australia shortly after the end of the War in 1919.

The album was one of many souvenirs brought back to Australia after World War I by Lord. Part of a larger collection of photograph albums, images, documents and World War I memorabilia donated by John Lord to Museum Victoria.

Image depicting two Egyptian children who, according to the inscription, would pester the troops about cleaning their boots or other little odd jobs.
Black and white photograph, mounted in a small, blue, army-issued notebook used as a photograph album.
Description Of Content:
Two Egyptian children stand in the street against a column which has a ripped poster with Egyptian script on it. The children are dressed in long (adult?), dirty clothing, white sun hats, and have bare feet. They both wear small purses slung over their torsos.They hold shoe cleaning equipment in their left hands. The shadows of two figures lie on the ground to the children's left (right of the picture).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 55 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian army, military memorabilia, militaria australian
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sergeant John Lord, AIF (1896-1951)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: portraits
Inscriptions: Hand written in pencil directly below photograph: 'Boots a clean'. Hand written in ink on verso: 'Some of the pests./ "Boots a clean" / "Very good very nice" / '1/2 piastre' "Come on / "Johnny"'.
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Cairo, Egypt, circa 1915
Previous Owner: Sergeant John Lord

Private John Lord was originally identified as the photographer of the album, but as there is no record of him serving on Gallipoli, and images in the album depict Gallipoli, the photographer is probably an unknown soldier.

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