Man w water: This was a common job to have. At the time, there were no shops nor refrigerators for people in the then growing city of Cairo to drink water while out around the streets. These men used to have cooling tanks with water and give people cups of it.
Hand made silk: Taken in 1880. These men would take the silk strings from the worm and then use these wooden tools to turn it into thread.
The barber 1872: this picture needs no caption, its clear what is happening here. I wonder where these three men have gone, where would they be now?
Among the streets of old Egypt: notice on the left of the picture, there are two metal tracks. They aren’t for trains though. They are for transporting heavy and hot things in special carts, just like he is doing in the image.
Al Nahaseen St: Faces, houses and streets very different from today.
Wood suq: taken in 1890. The man on the right sits with a drink of coffee. This is a scene that would not be found in Egypt today.
Tarbouche maker: taken in an inner Egyptian street. Though it was taken in 1905, people seemed much happier. (a 'tarbouche' is otherwise known as a 'fez', a velvety red cap with a black tassel, like the one on the man second from left.)
Simple farmer: the simple farmer goes by with his findings in his basket. Smiling. A simple life being granted gifts from God.
Water man and figs lady: The water-man here is shown sitting with a lady who sells figs. These figs, a type with pricks in them, are still sold on the streets today. They can only be bought from women who sell them, such as this one, as part of her duty is to also remove the pricks from them.
I have never been to Egypt, myself, so I am unable to make any personal comments on the pictures. I wonder how true all the captions are. And there are more of them... coming soon..