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Chatting plea writers near Hagia Sophia

Chatting plea writers near Hagia Sophia, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Chatting plea writers near Hagia Sophia
Description:Two men with hats and moustaches are sitting casually in the sun at a small table on a sidewalk near Hagia Sophia. On the table, a set of writing utensils is laid out. The sidewalk opens onto a broad road paved with cobblestones. The other side of the road is lined with trees. The sidewalk behind the trees is frequented by pedestrians and lined by a wall belonging to an imposing historical edifice.
Comment:The two men are plea writers (arzuhalci) in the Hagia Sophia area, probably before the introduction of the Latin alphabet, since soon afterwards most plea writers began to use the typewriter.
Date:Not before 1925, Not after 1930
Location:Istanbul, Hagia Sophia
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Keywords:460 Labor
670 Law
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: ARZUHALCI - AYASOFYA - SULTANAHMET
Editors:Joël László, Cengiz Kahraman, Nataša Mišković