Monday , 22 April 2024

Nazareth 1925 **

Caravan to Nazereth Photo: YouTube

Nazareth 1925

A Christian film crew take a brief look at Nazareth (Nazareth 1925). What is revealed and what ignored ? Une équipe de ciné chrétien passent quelques heures à Nazareth en 1925. Qu’est-ce qu’ils révèlent et qu’est-ce qu’ils ne voient pas ?

Representatives of Nazareth opposed the Zionist movement, sending a delegation to the 1919 First Palestine Arab Congress and issuing a letter of protest in 1920 that condemned the movement while also proclaiming solidarity with the Jews of Palestine.

Politically, Nazareth was becoming further involved in the growing Palestinian nationalist movement. In 1922, a Muslim-Christian Association was established in the town, largely sponsored by the Muslim al-Zu’bi family. A consistent and effective united Palestinian Arab religious front proved difficult to establish and alternative organizations such as the Supreme Muslim Council’s Organization of Muslim Youth and the National Muslim Association were established in Nazareth later in the 1920s.

Nazareth, Palestine, Early 20th Century Photo:William Eleazar Barton
Nazareth, Palestine, Early 20th Century
Photo:William Eleazar Barton

In 1922 there had been a small population of 58 Jews and Jewish families living in Nazareth.

Postcard depicting Mary's well in Nazareth, circa 1925, by Karimeh Abbud .
Postcard depicting Mary’s well in Nazareth, circa 1925, by Karimeh Abbud .

Nazareth was relatively slow to modernize. While other towns already had wired electricity, Nazareth delayed its electrification until the 1930s and invested instead in improving its water supply system.

Nazareth, postcard by Fadil Saba
Nazareth, postcard by Fadil Saba

StephendelRoser (Stephen Papworth)

The main purpose of the StephendelRoser channel on YouTube is to present footage from Pathé Baby films which are relevant to local, social and industrial history. These were mainly excerpts from documentaries and newsreels intended for the cinema, which were then abridged for showing on home movie projectors. They became available from 1922 onwards, and many were still available in the 1930s, when come aspects of their technology became obsolescent. Many of the films were originally made much earlier than this, however, with some as early as 1906, and he has tried to date them as well as he can, using online databases. It seems likely that many the 35mm cinema versions have disappeared, so in these cases, the Pathé Baby versions have become a unique resource.


Pathé-Baby is the name given by Charles Pathé to a mainstream amateur cinema system launched in 1922 and using a 9.5  mm wide film with central perforations, the smallest format existing at the time. The Pathé-Baby was initially a small crank projector capable of projecting short film packaged in a metal cartridge which contained less than ten meters of non-flammable film.

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