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Once Upon A Time in Turkey – Postcards Tell Story of Turkey’s Lost Armenians.

One man’s collection tells the story of the Armenians who lived in the Ottoman Empire.



GLENDALE, CA–Turkish author and publisher Osman Köker presented his exhibition of historic postcards documenting the lives of Armenians throughout the Ottoman Empire in 1900-1910 at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium on January 30.


The program was organized by The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), Organization of Istanbul Armenians, Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM), and Project Save Armenian Photograph Archives and is sponsored by Glendale Public library.


Köker first came to international attention in 2005, when he organized an unprecedented exhibition, titled “Sireli Yeghpayrs (My Dear Brother),” in Istanbul. Eventually seen by thousands of people, it presented photographs of Armenian life in pre-genocide Ottoman Turkey, drawn from a large collection of postcards owned by the collector Orlando Calumeno. In the five years since then, the exhibition has also been mounted in Paris, Munich, Koln, Frankfurt, and last year in Yerevan.


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