TURKISH DELIGHTS, AS A TRIBUTE TO ATATÜRK, FOUNDER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY!
Mustafa Kemel Atatürk, founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, passed on this day, November 10th, 1938. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the wake of the First World War, Atatürk, a military officer, led the Turkish national movement that successfully established Turkey’s independence in 1923. As the first president of the Republic, Atatürk fostered a program of political, economic and cultural reforms that ultimately transformed the former Ottoman Empire into a modern secular state.
While the Wolfsonian library does not have a wealth of materials about Atatürk or the nation he founded, we do have a few items worth highlighting in today’s post, including a decent run of the Turkish architectural periodical Mimar / Arkitekt.
The Wolfsonian library does also have a few post-World War Two advertisements designed to entice travelers to see the ancient (and modern) wonders of the Republic of Turkey. Those included below were culled from a donation of hundreds of travel agency brochures facilitated by the San Diego Historical Society.
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Laurence Miller, the library also has an incredibly comprehensive collection of cruise line industry materials from the post-World War Two period as well. Included in that collection are materials documenting the Turkish Maritime Lines which operated a network of regular passenger services within the Mediterranean and along the coast of Turkey. In addition, Ankara was frequently under charter to Swans Hellenic Cruises and in 1960 Tarsus operated briefly for Fiesta Cruise Lines from the United States. The collection includes several large deck plans, and numerous color brochures, and other promotional materials.