While exploring my archive I’ve stumbled upon this map of Amman, it was published by “International Media Services”, as you see their credentials at the map footer.
It’s really a strange thing to find! I don’t recall how it came into my archive.. it’s like seeing a visualised memory directly in my hands. Anway, the map is really interesting, it shows you the brands, shops, venues and landmarks of Amman two decades ago, I’m sure many of us still remembering few parts of this map, the map of a vivid city who changed a lot.
The map, obviously, was drawn by hand, the artist who done that used some weird orientations, so you find Rainbow street is west of Al-Husseini Mosque and they share the same horizontal level, then you keep going west until you reach Abdoun, a few steps after Abdoun you find yourself in the Queen Alia Airport! Funny..
However, the artist made a good effort to draw the building’s facade, I was impressed to see some iconic buildings of Amman drawn in a nice way, it seems like someone did a big research for photos and logos, and delivered them to the artist’s hands.
Many brands in this map have been extinct, and many are still surviving, but it still Amman that we love!
Al-Jahith Treasury / Khazanat Al- Jahith / خزانة الجاحظ is one of my most admired places in Amman, imagine your self isolated inside a beduin tent far a way from all of the city’s headaches between tons and tons of used and rare books! This is heaven for me!
I do love vintage authentic shops, I can’t pass by one of them and do not go inside and spend some time with the shop owner. Kanaat Salon صالون القناعة is warm barbershop I’ve found last year while visiting Orhangazi city, north of Bursa, Turkey.
Today I acquired this rare item from a brand I lived with for two decades of my life; the Rotring Controlled Lettering System is something I used to see in catalogues at my father company back in the 90’s, I just wished to see it, touch it and write with it, now it’s here on my desk 🙂