Images, Records, Memories, Thoughts

The Investigation: Salon Laurent's Calendar

#50 - When I first saw this calendar I immediately assumed that the year of this photograph was 1991. After I spent several days studying all the photographs and relationships and continuity from one roll to another, I realized that this calendar was left over from the previous year. But in a beauty salon with appointments? Yes.

 


Upon enlarging the image on the monitor, I could faintly read the month as Tishrin Al Thani, Arabic for November. In both 1991 and 1992 I was in Lebanon in the summer around the month of July. Therefore this had to have been summer of 1992 looking at a calendar left over from 1991. I still found the Calendar itself to be confusing. 

My assumption was that the dark blue squares indicated Sundays. But why are the First and Twenty-Second of November also highlighted in Dark Blue. Upon some research I realized that November 1st is All Saints Day, and November 22nd is Lebanon's Day of Independence, both very important dates.

I made this discovery after I had already designed and published the book Lebanon 1992: Catalogue of Destruction, which in fact should have been 1991.

 

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