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The Holy Family at the Fountain

The Holy Family at the Fountain

Flammans of St. Martin.

Flammans of St. Martin.

Russia, 960-1694 [part 1].

Russia, 960-1694 [part 1].

George Washington- The Munro-Lenox Portrait

George Washington- The Munro-Lenox Portrait

Head of a winged figure wearing a diadem.

Head of a winged figure wearing a diadem.

Façade n. Bas-relief 46.

Façade n. Bas-relief 46.

Curtiss JN - a training plane.

Curtiss JN - a training plane.

Central park in 1862. [Collection of photographs in portfolio, without text] Published by special permission of the commission.

Central park in 1862. [Collection of photographs in portfolio, without text] Published by special permission of the commission.

Sunset from the Battery (or Moonlight), New York, N. Y.

Sunset from the Battery (or Moonlight), New York, N. Y.

Public Library, Front View, Boston, Mass.

Public Library, Front View, Boston, Mass.

Fishing Schooners at T Wharf, Boston, Mass.

Fishing Schooners at T Wharf, Boston, Mass.

Nasby Building, Toledo, Ohio

Nasby Building, Toledo, Ohio

[Title page.]

[Title page.]

An Albanian woman wearing her native costume

An Albanian woman wearing her native costume

Danish man.

Danish man.

The wreck of the Titanic : descriptive piece

The wreck of the Titanic : descriptive piece

Waterfront in New Orleans. French market sidewalk scene. Louisiana

Waterfront in New Orleans. French market sidewalk scene. Louisiana

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

Receiving a rehabilitation check. Dona Ana Co., N.M.

Receiving a rehabilitation check. Dona Ana Co., N.M.

Junction of Canal & Walker Sts. Near Centre St.

Junction of Canal & Walker Sts. Near Centre St.

Sphinx at Gizeh

Sphinx at Gizeh

Germany. Saxony. Knights

Germany. Saxony. Knights

Explicit.

Explicit.

Muhammad with a companion meets with the Banû Junda', who have converted to Islam.

Muhammad with a companion  meets with the Banû Junda', who have converted to Islam.

Seventy-two converts to Islam from Medina come out to greet Muhammad.

Seventy-two converts to Islam from Medina come out to greet Muhammad.

Abû Hishâm and his friends discuss Muhammad and his new religion with the people of Quraysh.

Abû Hishâm and his friends discuss Muhammad and his new religion with the people of Quraysh.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar kisses the hand of Muhammad, pledging his aid and allegiance.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar kisses the hand of Muhammad, pledging his aid and allegiance.

[Doublures]

[Doublures]

The angel Jibrîl stands before Muhammad and instructs him on the call to prayer.

The angel Jibrîl stands before Muhammad and instructs him on the call to prayer.

Muhammad at al-Masjid al-Aqsâ leads the earlier prophets and angels in prayer.

Muhammad at al-Masjid al-Aqsâ leads the earlier prophets and angels in prayer.

Muhammad offers the first prayer in a newly built mosque.

Muhammad offers the first prayer in a newly built mosque.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr on their camels meet a delegation that has come out from the city of Medina to greet them.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr on their camels meet a delegation that has come out from the city of Medina to greet them.

Abû Bakr approached by a group of Quraysh unbelievers who try to persuade him to give up the new religion.

Abû Bakr approached by a group of Quraysh unbelievers who try to persuade him to give up the new religion.

Salmân presents a tablet written in Syriac to Muhammad, that indicates that Muhammad is the last prophet.

Salmân presents a tablet written in Syriac to Muhammad, that indicates that Muhammad is the last prophet.

Salmân and his religious instructor have read a holy book predicting the coming of the Prophet and discuss this matter.

Salmân and his religious instructor have read a holy book predicting the coming of the Prophet and discuss this matter.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar and members of the Tamîm tribe seated before Muhammad.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar and members of the Tamîm tribe seated before Muhammad.

'Ayyâsh and Hishâm freed by al-Walîd ibn al-Mughayrah who unlocks their manacled hands, a large candle lighting the scene.

'Ayyâsh and Hishâm freed by al-Walîd ibn al-Mughayrah who unlocks their manacled hands, a large candle lighting the scene.

Salmân converts to Islam after finding that Muhammad is a true Prophet.

Salmân converts to Islam after finding that Muhammad is a true Prophet.

An erstwhile rich man, Najiz ibn Farrâsh, who was cursed by the Prophet, now a beggar.

An erstwhile rich man, Najiz ibn Farrâsh, who was cursed by the Prophet, now a beggar.

'Abd-Allâh talks with a group of his kinsmen about the new religion.

'Abd-Allâh talks with a group of his kinsmen about the new religion.
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