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Market scenes in Tirana

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.326 | RG Number: RG-60.0178 | Film ID: 4345

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    Market scenes in Tirana


    "ALBANIA" "Streets and Bazaars of Tirana" Street scenes in Tirana. Craftsmen line up across from the Et'hem Bey mosque (in front of what is now the entrance to the National Library). Shop with three boys. Cobblers making traditional wooden shoes called "nallane". MCUs, market, merchants selling wares. Artisans making "qeleshe", the traditional Albanian cap. Pottery-making. The old bazaar - crowded outdoor market. Pan up, Xhamia e Kokonozit mosque (torn down by the communists in 1967). 01:02:59 Street scenes with pedestrians and building (what is now the Avni Rustemi statue). Four American visitors (the Major Family) move towards the camera in a horse-drawn carriage. LS, bazaar with banner hanging above the street, locals, and two policemen.

    01:04:05 "Market Day in Tirana" (color) Xhamia e Kokonozit Mosque. Main market in the center of Tirana. 01:05:01 Xhamia e vjeter (the Old Mosque) (sustained serious damage during battle between the communists and occupying Germans in November 1944; this is now the monument to the unknown partisan). LS, street scenes, pedestrians, bicycles, people sit on curb, children, shops, policemen.

    01:06:12 "Friday in Tirana" More shots of the Xhamia e vjeter Mosque (black and white), with a well in the courtyard and man sitting at the entryway, engraved stones. 01:06:39 Brief shot of the Majors, Virginia waves to the camera. Men wash, and others enter the mosque. Herd of goats in the city streets by the Tomb of Kapllan Pasha (01:07:17). Et'hem Bey Mosque. Market scenes.
    Event:  approximately 1933-1937
    Tirana, Albania
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Ann Major
    Camera Operator: Ralph H. Major
    Ralph H. Major, MD (1884-1970) was an American doctor from Kansas City, Missouri teaching medicine at the University of Munich in the 1930s. His children, Ralph Jr. (b. 1920) and John (b. 1924), attended a boarding school in Marquartstein, Germany during the time. His wife Margaret (b. 1891) and daughter Virginia (b. 1926) visited them in Europe in the summers of 1933, 1934 and 1937. Major captured several reels of 16mm film of Albania and Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, and England.

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    B&W / Color
    Black & White
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    • Master
    • Master 4345 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - reversal - Kodachrome
      Master 4345 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - reversal - Kodachrome
      Master 4345 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - reversal - Kodachrome
      Master 4345 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - reversal - Kodachrome

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    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Film Provenance
    Ann Major contributed her grandfather's film collection for study and analysis to Snowden Becker's graduate level seminar on home movies at the University of California at Los Angeles in Spring 2016. Ms. Becker contacted the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's film archivist about Major's home movies of Europe and Ms. Major then donated 18 of the 42 original 16mm films to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in November 2016.
    Original paper in can: Albania - Tirana, Bazars, Street Scenes, Market (color), Friday in Tirana; Jugoslavia- Dubrovnik (Ragusa), Bled, King Peter

    The date of this footage is unknown. It may be 1937 as that is when Ralph Major used color film stock in other vacation destinations. A curator from the National Gallery in Tirana suggests that it could have been shot between 1928 and 1933 given the appearance of certain buildings.
    Film Source
    Ms. Ann Major
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    2024-02-21 08:05:12
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