These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago
• These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago
Now Syria is the site of one of the worst conflicts in the world over the past five years. The most recognizable images of the Middle Eastern countries show a bombed-out buildings, piles of rubble and refugees.
A series of pictures taken 50 years ago by Charles W. Kushmanov (Charles W. Cushman), an avid traveler and an amateur photographer, in stark contrast to the present day. His photographs of Damascus Center appears full of peace, despite a number of military coups in Syria in the 1960s.
4 million Syrians have fled their country since 2011. This Damascus picture with drone shows why so many people no longer feel safe there.
Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed in the fighting and people are no longer just live in some areas of the capital.
50 years ago it was also a period of instability in Syria. In the two years before Cushman in 1965, he visited Damascus, the military coup in the country, which resulted in the party came to power the Arab Socialist Renaissance "Baath".
Then, 23 February 1966, Syria shook the fifth in 4 years coup led by Salah Jadid and Hafez al-Assad.
But these photos show the everyday aspect of life in this country.
The women wear a variety of clothes.
The men wear suits western style.
Many of Cushman pictures present the animals.
In the mid-1960s, the animals transported goods through the center of Damascus. Cushman gave it a shot called "full load".
Sometimes the animals are also transported people.
"Great Horseman - a little donkey", - stated in the description of this photo.
Photos also show a bustling street scene.
Carts were filled with fruit.
The family bought everything you need together.
And traders were goods on their backs.
The minaret towers over the busy market.
The city center was crowded with shoppers.
A crowded street.
Cushman signed the photo: "The Syrian ceiling?"
This is the Barada River flowing through Damascus.
"Sheep across the Damascus highway."
Agricultural land near Damascus.