Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey) / c. 1928

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Design: The dotted 'i' is seen as a capital letter in the Turkish alphabet. The rather crude illustration, in which mechanical screens are employed, shows what is known as Leander's Tower. Seated on a rocky outcrop in the waters of the Bosphorus Straits, just off the city of Istanbul, it was first built in 408 BC by an Athenian general as a fortress to control the movement of shipping in the area. It was later used as a lighthouse, and is presently a restaurant.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.




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