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Suez Canal

February 18, 1920

To Charles Breasted

A little lift at graduation time for the dear boy. I am very very sorry that I cannot be there, — it means so much to me to have my boy finish at college.

I’ve included some pictures of our journey down the Suez Canal.


A pier on the west, erected in the harbor as protection from mud deposits of the Nile. Statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps is on the tip of the pier. Feburary 18, 1920. (N. 3379, P. 6939)

(02:18:20)N.-3380_P.-6940.jpg The harbor looking east from the steamer “City of Benares”, showing ships at anchor. February 18, 1920. (N. 3380, P. 6940)

(02:18:20)N.-3381_P.-6941.jpg The harbor looking southwest of the Suez Canal Co. building between Bassin du Commerce and Bassin de l’arsenal. February 18, 1820. (N. 3381, P. 6941)

(02:18:20)N.-3383_P.-6943.jpg Moonlight effect on the canal. February 18, 1920. (N. 3383, P. 6943)

(02:18:20)N.-3391_P.-6951.jpg A view looking toward the coast of the Sinaitic peninsula. February 18, 1920. (N. 3391, P. 6951)

(02:18:20)N.-3393_P.-6953.jpg Members of the University of Chicago Expedition party on board the steamer City of Benares. February 18, 1920. (N. 3393, P. 6953)

For the full story of my exciting trip you should come to the special exhibit “Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920,” at the Oriental Institute!

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