The Bride Of The Kuzzelbash "Qizilbash or Kizilbash", Kabul, Afghanistan, 1836 (c).
Artist - Godfrey Thomas Vigne (1801-1863) English cricketer and traveler. In 1831 Vigne left England for Persia, and then travelled to India. He spent the next seven years travelling in north west India and Central Asia. Between 1835 and 1838 he travelled extensively in Kashmir and Ladakh and was the first European known to have visited Baltistan.
He was the first to describe Nanga Parbat. In 1836 Vigne visited Afghanistan, and met the emir, Dost Mohammed. He was said to be the first Englishman to have visited Kabul. After 1852 Vigne travelled in Mexico, Nicaragua, the West Indies and the United States.
Formal photograph of Soraya during her tenure as Princess consort of Afghanistan.
Soraya Tarzi mostly known as Queen Soraya was the first Queen consort of Afghanistan in the 20th century and the only wife of King Amanullah Khan. Born in November, 1899 in Damascus Syria, where she studied and learned modern values.
She became the Princess of Afghanistan in 1913 after marrying Prince Amanullah. She was crowned as Queen in 1919 and became one of the most influential woman of the world. To prevent the civil war King Amanullah abdicated and went into exile in 1929. Soraya lived in Rome and died in April 1968. Her body was taken to Afghanistan and buried in Bagh-e-Amir shaheed in Jalalabad.
The British camp at Dakka in Afghanistan, February 1920.
The fort which was shelled and captured by the British is seen in the center. On the right is the Kabul River, on the banks of which grows the only vegetation in this desolate area. From the hills surrounding the camp however, may be seen the fertile valleys of Afghanistan.
During the month of summer, white troops suffer intensely from the heat, the temperature ranging from 110 to 127 degrees.
In addition there are daily sandstorms and enemy snipers keep up incessant firing from concealed positions.
On October 11, 1949, at the Bourget's airport (France), Afghanistan's King Mohammed Zahir Shah and his son Mir Weis Zahir (child on the right) saluting the French delegation. The King had come to Paris to get his eyes treated.