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I move from Italy in 1969 to a journey through Turkey, Iran and Iraq in 1970.

This is from the old part of Ankara, capital of Turkey, and as you will see in the second WS and on the Google map it looked very different then.

I have posted some photos from that journey before, but recently I scanned several more. They were all taken with Agfacolor CT18 films.

I personally find today's photos quite interesting, for different reasons. I believe that what you see on the hill in the main photo is a huge shantytown known as a "gecekondu bölgesi", a neighbourhood consisting of houses illegally erected in just one night. There was a rule, as probably in some other countries in earlier days of widespread poverty, that if a family could build a house without a permit, cover it with a temporary roof and move in without being caught, they could not be evicted. Then they could take their time to finish the job without worrying about the police.

A minibus like those seen here is called a "dolmuş", going on a set route and usually taking off only when fully packed. Obviously this was a big dolmuş hub, showing that it was a central location.

For the WS #1 I just pointed the camera to the right, and maybe also took a few steps to the right.

I have been to Ankara a number of times in later years and haven't seen any area looking even remotely like this. The Turkish capital is now a modern multimillion city.

Trying to find out if anything seen here even exists today, I travelled with the Google camera car back and forth in this area. I was overjoyed to suddenly arrive at exactly this place. "Map: view" will show you. Or you can look at the screenshot in the second WS.

But don't forget the other nearby view in WS #1.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12535 W: 572 N: 24035] (102650)
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