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Nicholas Shaheen

By Charles F. Bretzman


Nicholas Shaheen was photographed by Bretzman wearing his native Syrian garb. The customer card listed him on Monument Circle in Indianapolis. A search of the city directory shows him at 45 Monument Circle in the rug business and his home was at 2449 North Delaware Street. Census records for 1930 show Nicholas (spelled Nickoliss) living at the north Delaware address in the home of his mother-in-law Sadie H. Daniel with his wife Julia and the couple's two daughters Adele and Joan. The entire family was from Syria. Nicholas is wearing the traditional Syrian men's garb with scarf (hatta), head rope (agal) and cloak (abaye). The clothing would have been made of silk, or a blend of cotton and silk or possibly wool.This image is a preservation copy made from an unstable original nitrate negative. The image is part of Series III

Topics: Portrait photographs; Men; Clothing & dress; Clothing & dress, Syrian; Syrian Americans
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1930
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