Philanthropist, Environmentalist, Collector: Doris Duke and Her Estates


Doris Duke Cromwell, her husband James, and five companions began their Middle East travels in Alexandria, Egypt. Landing in the city on March 13, 1938, they only stayed one night before traveling onto Cairo.

One of the most famous cities of ancient times, Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great around a small pharaonic town around 331 BC. Alexandria was known most notably for its lighthouse Pharos (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), its library, and the catacombs of Korn el Shoqafa. To learn more, see the Wikipedia page for Alexandria here.

Alexandria [?], Egypt, 1938


Alexandria [?], Egypt, 1938

Possibly a downtown view of Alexandria. Note all the camera shops which were common during this time.

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