The Project

Phototheca Afghanica
a project of Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica

Historical Images
of Afghanistan

Please provide us with further historical images on Afghanistan, which may be included under your name in the Phototheca Afghanica.

The Afghanistan Museum in Exile

The Afghanistan Museum in Exile

Repatriated from Switzerland to Kabul in 2007

Picture of the Day

It is rather questionable, whether it was really the pillar No. 53, which was sketched by Simpson, as at the time when he left the ABC in February 1885, the delimitation had not yet reached this point in the flat khol (steppe) between Maimana and Andkhoi. In addition, there are no mountains in close distance to pillar 53. Most probably the sketch shows one of the pillars west of Bala Murghab (Nos. 28 to 34), with the Band-e Turkestan Mountains in the background. The caption on the original sketch lets guess that it was done after Simpson’s return to London from his imagination on request of the ILN. Engraving based on a sketch by William Simpson.

It is rather questionable, whether it was really the pillar No. 53, which was sketched by Simpson, as at the time when he left the ABC in February 1885, the delimitation had not yet reached this point in the flat khol (steppe) between Maimana and Andkhoi. In addition, there are no mountains in close distance to pillar 53. Most probably the sketch shows one of the pillars west of Bala Murghab (Nos. 28 to 34), with the Band-e Turkestan Mountains in the background. The caption on the original sketch lets guess that it was done after Simpson’s return to London from his imagination on request of the ILN. Engraving based on a sketch by William Simpson.

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