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About this collection

The TAXIPHOTE was a mechanical device to display three-dimensional images from glass slides. The original design was patented by French inventor Jules Richard in 1893.

In 2016, AUC Libraries acquired one of these machines from a local vendor. The 800+ glass slides that were included in the purchase document the social history of Egypt around 1920, and include many photographs of public spaces, buildings, gardens, and private life in Egypt. 

The collection is noteworthy in for its images of the Revolution of 1919, of the first air show in Heliopolis, of Sufi mawlids, of major public events in downtown Cairo (including the coronation and burial procession of Sultan Hussein Kamel), and of archaeological sites in Egypt.
 
In addition to slides documenting Egypt, a large part of the collection covers France during and after the First World War. 
 
The full set of images has been digitized, and can be viewed online, by selecting the "Browse collection" tab above.

The Taxiphote itself is on display in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. In order to use the machine, look through the eyepieces, and adjust the focus using the buttons on either side. To display the next image, press the lever on the right hand side fully. A bell indicates the last image in a sequence. To reset, and return to the beginning, please alert a staff member.
 
The following map contains most, but not all, images in their respective locations.
 
 
 
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