Tripoli – Sentries


This photograph of a sentry post in Tripoli, Libya, is from the George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection contains approximately 40,000 glass plate negatives and 50,000 photographic prints, most dating from the 1900s to the mid-1920s. Bain, who was born in 1865 and died in 1944, founded the New York-based Bain News Service in 1898. Specializing in news about New York City and to a lesser degree the eastern United States, Bain distributed its own pictures and those purchased from other commercial agencies to about 100 newspapers. While focusing on the United States, the Bain News Service also provided coverage of other countries. Although no exact date is given on the photograph, it probably is related to the Italo-Turkish War of 1911-12, which broke out in September 1911 when Italy declared war on the Ottoman Empire and announced its intention to annex the Ottoman provinces of Tripoltania and Cyrenaica.

Last updated: April 18, 2012