Rare photo postcard from around 1910 showing an Omani lady with a burqa
Oman is located on the South East corner of the Arabian peninsula bordered by the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Gulf of Oman. For more details on this website and Oman select BACKGROUND in the top bar of this web-page. The focus of our Oman page is on the period before 1940. Early original photos of Oman are very difficult to find, and most of those photos relate to Muscat only. Even early postcards are extremely rare. Below you find a series of original photos from between 1890 and 1943. The panorama view of Muscat from around 1900 is an Important find as it shows many details of the Muscat seafront (when enlarged) Also the 1938 aerial photo of Muscat including a double wing plane is very special. There are a number of books with some old photos of Oman:
"Mascate" by Denis de Rivoyre published in the in the series Bibliotheque illustree des voyages autour du monde par terre & par mer Nr 36 1898.
The same publication in Italian with the title Mascate (il sultanato dell´Oman nr 61 in the series Bibliotheca illustrata viaggi introno al mondo per terra e par mare.1898
Fine 1930's photo of Muscat including a double-wing plane! On the right the Sultan's old al Alam palace
The British Museum has a small set of fine photos of Muscat dating to the 1870´s.
Below you find our own 30 original vintage photos and postcards plus some photos taken from the above publications in our collection. Several of our photos are taken by staff on British warships visiting Muscat. The trade-route between India and the UK was vital to Britain. Britain made this route even more efficient by the digging of the Suez canal (shortened the route) and the laying of telegraph cables (faster communication) . Consequently Britain wanted to "manage" all the nations along this crucial trade-route. In 1864 the British even occupied a place in Musandam named "Malcolms inlet" when they were laying the telegraph cable to the Gulf. In 1886 the Kuria Muria group of islands were passed to the British again for landing the Red sea (telegraph) cable (see Zwemer p 219)
Youtube film with an air display by the RAF for the Sultan of Oman: