Thank you to my uncle Hani who unearthed this beautiful gem of a photo.
Setting: My hometown of Amman in Jordan.
Period: Specifically, this is a photo of the 1st Circle in Amman, one of the busiest areas of the capital. The photograph was likely captured sometime in the late 70’s to early ’80s.
Why I love this photo:
- “The Book Corner” to the left belonged to my grandparents, and stayed in our family for some 25-30 years.
- The People’s Car, the VW Beetle, was seemingly the People’s car in Jordan as well. You can see three of them parked against the sidewalk.
- The Traffic cop guiding traffic. 35+ years later and the picture hasn’t changed much. This still remains arguably one of the most congested areas in town, needing far too many traffic officers to organize flow.
- The photo was taken during a massive downpour, not a very common sight for one of the 10 most water impoverished countries in the world.